Great Depression Cake

Total Time
20 mins
30 mins

This cake has many names and many variations. It is rumored to have come about during the Great Depression. In spite of the fact that it has no eggs it is nice and moist.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly greased and flour a 9 x 13 inch baking pan, set aside.
  3. Bring the first five ingredients to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionslly.
  4. Cool 10 minutes.
  5. Blend the dry ingredients together and stir into the boiled mixture.
  6. Pour batter into pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
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5 5

Loved it! Super cheap way to keep the household happy. I used dates instead of raisins, omitted the nuts because I didnt have any, and substituted wholemeal flour. It made a dense, sticky, moist cake which was very much enjoyed with a cup of tea. Thanks!

3 5

I didn't had any success with this cake, maybe I did something wrong but I follow the instructions exactly. The batter was very dry after I blended the flour. The coffe mixture was still hot after 10 minutes that I let it cool, is that my mistake, I don't know. T used espresso coffee and 1/2 cup raisins. I really wanted to like this cake because I love coffe cake. I'll give it a try one more time. Sorry for the low rating and thanks for posting!

3 5

Even though a 'spice' cake such as this is not one of my favorites, this was good. I cut the sugar down to 1 1/4 cups and the shortening (veggie oil) down to about 3 oz. due to the previous review. I also used a mix of currants and saltanas. I had no allspice so used mixed spice instead. Definitely a moist cake. Served it to my MIL who stopped by for tea...she ate two pieces of it! Thanks Paula. :)