Great Depression Cake

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by PaulaG

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.

Top Review by Dessert Rose

I used 1/4 cup vegetable oil in place of shorting after reading other reviews that the cake was too oily. Instead of 1 tsp. allspice I use 1 tsp. ground ginger. You can also use 1 cup wheat flour with 1 cup flour. I make this all the time. My husband loves this cake!

Ingredients Nutrition


  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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