Vintage World War 1 Cake

Vintage World War 1 Cake

This Vintage World War 1 Cake recipe dates back to the first World War when ingredients needed to be rationed and simplicity was key. Even in today's modern times, this budget-friendly easy cake recipe still is a favorite of many. Made with basic ingredients and simple steps, this no-nonsense dessert recipe is a time-honored tradition that many folks will have fond memories of. Give it a try and see what you think!

Cooking Time1 hr


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup lard (shortening)
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place water, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar, lard (shortening), nutmeg and salt in a saucepan and mix.
  3. Place saucepan on heat and bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool, then sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Stir into cooked mixture.
  5. Place mixture in a greased loaf pan and bake for one hour.



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I found this recipe on another site referred to as "Canadian War Cake" due to the times. I made it for my mom who is 86 and step dad. They really liked it. My mom said her mother used to make one that tasted similar and brought back memories for her. Also called a "boiled raisin cake".

My grandmother had a recipe somewhat like this and she starting making it into little cupcakes. Can this also be made into cupcakes?


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