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Grandma's Great Depression Cake

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A delicious spiced cake recipe that is made with cinnamon, ground cloves and nutmeg, Grandma's Great Depression Cake is easy to make and easy on the budget. Old fashioned cake recipes like this will forever be remembered as some of the best desserts out there. Baked until it is a golden brown, each slice has a bold flavor that is perfect for the colder months of the year. Serve it when it is still warm and you won't be able to stop at just one slice.

  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Combine sugar, water, vegetable oil, raisins, and spices in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Take pan off heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Dissolve baking soda and salt in 2 teaspoons of water and add to raisin mixture (it will foam).
  4. Blend in the flour and baking powder. Mix well.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased 9 inch square pan and bake for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick unserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Let cake cool for about 10 minutes before serving.



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Somewhat Dry however This is very good with some Milk!

Have you tried this recipe? What did you think?

I'm going to try this. I have a question does anyone know what Kluskin noodles are?

rhiannon Klusky noodles are most like home made and most stores carry them. look for them where they have other noodles.

The list of ingredients does not list the nutmeg. How much do you use?

This is wonderful!!!!!!! My grandmother made this cake all my young life. I still make this for family functions.

That is a tipische wartime cake... in my childhood (the II. worldwar) we always eat similar to this. And without eggs! Beautiful remembrances.. ? No, not at all, only we werw children. Today we are the Grannies.

my mother use to make this cake but it was called eggless, milkless, butterless ,cake no matter the name it was good.

WOW .... Coincidences .... This is just like my Grannie's Depression Era Cake (she would be 104 if she was still with us) except her recipe didn't boil ingredients on the stove, and she added 2 cups of applesauce rather than the 2 cups of water and the vegetable oil. It's been my favorite for years .... No icing, plain or just a sprinkle of regular or powdered sugar; great for breakfast, lunch or dinner, at room temperature or slightly warmed. YUM.

8irwind45150 5363438, can you please give me your receipe for your Graqnnie's Depression Era Cake especially since it is not cooked on top of the stove, and applesauce is used instead of water. I would appreciate it. Thank you.

8irwind45150 5363438, can you please give me your receipe for your Graqnnie's Depression Era Cake especially since it is not cooked on top of the stove, and applesauce is used instead of water. I would appreciate it. Thank you.

Eileenmanibusan --- It's with great pride I share Granny's Depression Era Cake --- Hope you get to see this without difficulty: (Granny McMullens Recipe - for Depression Era Cake) cup butter or lard 2- cups sugar (brown or white) 1 Tsp. ground cloves 1 tsp. nutmeg 1 tsp. cinnamon 1- cups applesauce 2 cups flour 1 cup raisins 1 cup nuts 3 Tbsp. hot water 1 tsp. soda tsp. salt 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs 1 at a time. Sift together flour, salt and spices. Dissolve soda in hot water. Add applesauce to butter/egg mixture. Stir in soda/water. Add nuts and raisins to dry ingredients; stir into wet mixture until well blended. Add vanilla and mix until blended. Turn into greased pans. Bake in moderate (350) oven until tooth pick to center comes clean (about 25 to 30 minutes).

Eileen --- I noticed the partial measurements didn't translate in my response to you. I did a cut and paste which didn't work. The measurements should be (2-1/2 cups brown sugar) ..... (1/2 cup butter) ....... (1-1/2 cups applesauce) .... and .... (1/2 teaspoon salt)

Interesting, I was just thinking of this cake! And the ingredients look almost identical to the recipe I had. Definitely have it on my list to test on the grandkids :)

this is similar to a cake my mom called 'war cake' (WW 2), and after the war, nuts were added, and was then called "victory cake" is very good

I didn't see nutmeg listed in the ingredients, I'm going to try it with 1/2 tsp nutmeg and hope for the best


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