Gram's Poor Man's Cake (Eggless & Milkless)

Total Time
3hrs
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 1 hr

From an old cookbook that belonged to Gram. It had section in it called Depression Era Cooking!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Bring to a boil the fruit, nuts, extract, salt, sugar, shortening and coffee.
  2. Continue to cook until raisins swell and liquid becomes syrupy; cool completely.
  3. Stir together the flour, baking soda and baking powder.
  4. Add to fruit mixture and combine thoroughly.
  5. Pour into a greased 10-inch tube pan and bake at 325° about an hour (if heavy with fruit). Check with tester to be sure cake is done.
  6. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
  7. At this point I soak a clean piece of cheesecloth in liquor; brandy, rum, even wine.
  8. Wrap the cake with the cloth and in foil--store in COLD place--check often, resoak as needed.
  9. There are no exact measurements for the fruit in this recipe--the original recipe stated "fruits, nuts & peels-whatever you have on hand".
  10. This was done because it was wartime and things for fancy baking were not always available.

Reviews

(4)
Most Helpful

This is the tastiest cake! I have made this with various combinations of fruit - both fresh and dried combined and it has been delicious each time. I have even replaced my family recipe for Christmas Cake with this one! I don't soak the cake in brandy after it is baked, but I do boil a 1/2 cup brandy with the fruit and coffee. Thanks for a wonderful keeper recipe!

Bokenpop aka Madeleine November 21, 2008

I made this recipie except for the soaking in wine at the end. It only needed to be cooked half as long as the recipie stated. I am going to try it again with the addition of allspice.

Jeannette 108 June 13, 2006

I too passed up the soaking step, we liked it very much the way it came out. Kind of like a thick cookie filled with nuts and raisins, I cut it into small wedges. The coffee taste was quite prominent, almost a mocha taste with no chocolate. I used vanilla extract. I will make these again, they do bring back childhood memories, thanks for posting.

Derf June 02, 2004

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a