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Grandma's Great Depression Cake


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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bell1970 8014025

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

dbarlett12 1915617

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

rhiannon44675 9652929

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

Ruthhoman1950 2044513

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.

kissmarianne43 3664609

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

britt910 7537539

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.

irwind45150 5363438

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

lilydunc 1312096

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

dhaiden 8008953

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