Hobo Cake

Hobo Cake

For the ultimate easy cake recipe that is also super cheap, try this Hobo Cake. With only a few ingredients it truly is the essence of budget friendly. Plus vary up the flavors by adding nuts or other dried fruits.


You can add nuts and dried fruits for a variety taste. Great when sliced warm and drizzled with honey or maple syrup.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2 tablespoons (heaping) creamed shortening
  • 1 pound seeded raisins
  • 1 teaspoon (heaping) baking soda
  • 1/2 salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour


  1. Mix sugar, water, shortening, and raisins and boil for 5 mins.
  2. Cool mixture You can put into refrigerator until cooled.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Dissolve the baking into a small mixture that was prepared above. Then add to the cooled mixture.
  5. Next, add all dry ingredients and mix well. Put into a well greased tube pan and bake for 1 hour. 


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I really, really like that this recipe calls for things that I already have in my kitchen. I also like that you can switch out the fruits and use other nuts too. My daughter is allergic to tree nuts, but we can use peanuts and sesame seeds. What do you suggest to pair with those?

Dang...how in the heck do some of you make it through the day?!

What can i use in place of shortening since i don't use or have any?

You think it might have something to do with what it says to do in #1???

#4 is confusing. Desssolve in what "small mixture?

I think they mean "baking soda" dissolved into a small amount of the water, shortening, sugar and raisin mixture.

What does Item #4 of instructions mean? Please explain it! Are we supposed to make 2 of the same mixture? Does anyone preview these recipes before putting on web site for viewing by the world?


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