A surprisingly good cake that has no eggs, milk, or butter in it. My grandmother was quite proud of it.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium saucepan combine the brown sugar, hot water, bacon grease, and raisins, over medium heat. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes, then set aside to cool.

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour two 8x4 inch loaf pans.

  • In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves. Add the ingredients from the saucepan and mix until well blended. Divide evenly between the two prepared pans.

  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

174 calories; 1.4 g total fat; 1 mg cholesterol; 158 mg sodium. 39.6 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2011
Grandma taught me how to make this cake from a very young age she wanted me to appreciate how treats don't have to be over the top or need special ingredients. She used oleo (margerine) instead of bacon grease and she also added a teaspoon of nutmeg. Whenever I make this I feel like I'm in the kitchen with Grandma all over again. This makes great muffins. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/04/2015
I like making it Read More
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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2011
Grandma taught me how to make this cake from a very young age she wanted me to appreciate how treats don't have to be over the top or need special ingredients. She used oleo (margerine) instead of bacon grease and she also added a teaspoon of nutmeg. Whenever I make this I feel like I'm in the kitchen with Grandma all over again. This makes great muffins. Read More
(35)
Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2011
Grandma taught me how to make this cake from a very young age she wanted me to appreciate how treats don't have to be over the top or need special ingredients. She used oleo (margerine) instead of bacon grease and she also added a teaspoon of nutmeg. Whenever I make this I feel like I'm in the kitchen with Grandma all over again. This makes great muffins. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2011
My family makes this with shortening and bakes it in a bundt style pan. Then we serve it with caramel icing. My mom still makes it for my birthdays. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2009
My Mother made this for years. She called it "Poor man's fruitcake". Thank you for posting this and letting me carry on a family tradition at Christmas. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2015
I more than doubled the amount of bacon grease and just made it in the dirty cast iron pan right after breakfast. threw in random dried fruits and some walnuts and baked it in the pan. came out fantastic! and my pan was clean afterwards as well! This is the true way of doing a depression cake like grandma did using 1/2 the bacon grease in the pan (you save the rest for later) so that grandpa has a hefty sliceto take with him for lunch to give him an additional 900 calories to make it to the end of the day in the coal mines. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2011
I made this last night for my family and even my 2 year old LOVED it! We absolutely devoured a full loaf after dinner. Now I had to change it a little because of what I had on hand at the time. I only had 1 cup of raisins;-(. So I added a frozen mix of fruits that included cherries strawberries blueberries and black currents. It turned out splendidly thank you so much for an amazing recipe that I will be making on a regular basis now! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2014
This is a great recipe. I did substitute cinnamon applesauce for the bacon grease and it turned out wonderful. I gave some to my Mom and she absolutely loved it! I also love that it doesn't require milk eggs or butter. As someone who doesn't have a lot of money and can't afford to always have those ingredients this will be one of my top recipes for sure! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/26/2015
Great cake! My kids love it! I increased the fat content. I used 3/4 cup of canola oil and it brought a lot of softness to the crumb and crust. Made it for a vegan friend and she loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2012
This is a good cake i used prunes it was great. I will make this again. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/04/2015
I like making it Read More
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