Great Depression Cake

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 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.

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.


Most Helpful

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!

Dessert Rose June 12, 2015

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!

peachy_pie August 20, 2009

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!

katia November 13, 2007

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