Poor Man's Cake II

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This cake often appeared on the Sunday dinner table during the depression and the war years. It's been in my family for three generations. During the olden days, many families could not afford the luxury of the traditional fruitcakes, so this recipe became the popular Christmas fruitcake of the poor.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
1 9x13-inch cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cold water

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 cups raisins

  • ½ cup lard

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9 x 13 inch pan.

  2. Place cold water, brown sugar, raisins, lard, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a large saucepan. Bring this combination to a boil. Let simmer for a full 6 minutes, then allow mixture to cool to lukewarm. Set aside.

  3. In small mixing bowl, combine flour and soda. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the cooled mixture. Add vanilla, and blend into batter. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 90 to 120 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool. Store for at least a week before cutting. This cake will remain moist for months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

192 Calories
6g Fat
34g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 192
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 151mg 3%

* 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.