Maritime War Cake


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!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 50 mins
24 servings


  • 2 cups water

  • 2 cups raisins

  • 1 cup light molasses

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • cup shortening

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a round tube pan or two loaf pans.

  2. 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.

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

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

221 Calories
6g Fat
42g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 221
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Sodium 60mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 321mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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