Depression Cake I


This Depression-era cake recipe was my mother's, it has sugar but no eggs, no butter, and no milk.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
1 (9x13-inch) cake


  • 1 cup shortening

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 cups raisins

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. In a saucepan combine shortening, water, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and sugar. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand until cool.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  3. Stir flour and baking soda into the cooled raisin mixture and mix until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

234 Calories
9g Fat
38g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 234
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Sodium 55mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 110mg 2%

* 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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