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

Recipe by Iron Bloomers
READY IN: 3hrs
SERVES: 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Bring to a boil the fruit, nuts, extract, salt, sugar, shortening and coffee.
  • Continue to cook until raisins swell and liquid becomes syrupy; cool completely.
  • Stir together the flour, baking soda and baking powder.
  • Add to fruit mixture and combine thoroughly.
  • 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.
  • Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
  • At this point I soak a clean piece of cheesecloth in liquor; brandy, rum, even wine.
  • Wrap the cake with the cloth and in foil--store in COLD place--check often, resoak as needed.
  • There are no exact measurements for the fruit in this recipe--the original recipe stated "fruits, nuts & peels-whatever you have on hand".
  • This was done because it was wartime and things for fancy baking were not always available.
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