War Cake

"This is a recipe my mother gave me. It was typical of the types of cakes baked during the war when shortages and rationing was in effect. It is moist and delicious. Mother always made it at Christmas time and we thought it was a real treat. Posted in response to a request."
War Cake created by truebrit
Ready In:
1hr 5mins
2 loaves




  • Put the first 7 ingredients in a heavy gauge saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Cook gently for 5 minutes and remove from heat and let cool until mixture is comfortably cool to your finger.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease and flour 2 loaf pans.
  • Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  • Add them to the cooled sugar mixture, beat well.
  • Stir in walnuts.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or toothpick comes out of center clean.
  • Cool in pans 10 minutes and then turn out on plate and cool completely.

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  1. okhomk
    Love it!
  2. tcampbel34030
    it was the best cake i ever eat and made
  3. XxShadowGhostxX
    this is one of my favorites and is the only type of cake that i will eat.my mother used to make this when i was a little boy.it was so good! moist and sweet and doesnt need frosting. she used to bake it in one of those 9 in round locking baking pans.dont remember what they call them.she let it sit for 3 days covered at room temp.the longer it sat the more moist it would become.she just never used the walnuts.YUMMY!! thankyou so much for posting this recipe :) you dont know how long it took for me to find this.
  4. Nurnal
    This cake was used for History Day competition. We won at districts and state and it is headed to Nationals. It is part of an exhibit about Women on the Home Front. Thank you for posting. It is delicious
  5. ThatBrunette
    This is a great all-purpose spice cake. I have replaced the nuts for raisins (sometimes soaked in rum), pumpkin for some of the water and other odd experiments. Always a crowd pleaser. Great for fall.



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