Poor Man's Cake


This Poor Man's Cake recipe is from the 1930s. My grandmother gave it to my mother and she gave it to me. Now I am a grandmother and passed it down to my kids. It's really good. You don't have to dirty your mixer for this one, just a big bowl.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
1 9x13-inch pan


  • 2 cups raisins

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • ¾ cup shortening

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13-inch pan.

  2. Mix raisins, water, brown sugar, and shortening in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

  3. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a large bowl. When raisin mixture is cool, add to dry ingredients and mix well to combine.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 or 40 minutes. Do not overbake or it will be too dry. Test after 30 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of the cake should come out clean.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

186 Calories
7g Fat
31g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 186
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Sodium 206mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 123mg 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.

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