This eggless cake was developed by resourceful cooks during the war when eggs, butter, and milk were rationed. It is a traditional Christmas cake here on the East Coast of Canada. Served with a nice big hunk of Cheddar cheese and a hot cup of tea, it is a real holiday treat!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 servings
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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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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a round tube pan or two loaf pans.

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  • Bring water, raisins, molasses, sugar, and shortening to a boil in a saucepan; reduce heat to low and simmer until raisins are plump, about 5 minutes. Allow to cool.

  • Whisk flour, baking soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl. Stir flour mixture into raisin mixture until well combined; pour into prepared baking pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

221 calories; protein 2g; carbohydrates 41.6g; fat 5.9g; sodium 59.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (3)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2019
It was simple cheap filling and very tasty. Read More
3 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
03/07/2019
I wouldn't mind it being a little less sweet. But otherwise pretty good. I usually don't cook with shortening but you had me at cheddar cheese.:-) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/15/2020
I made this recipe with lard (this is what my mom’s recipe called for) I know my Cholesterol when through the roof but I don’t make the cake very often so I think I just won’t tell me cardiologist lol Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2019
It was simple cheap filling and very tasty. Read More
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