Depression Cake

Monday Morning Post

The Thrifty Kitchen
Lots of taste for not much money

Oh, those frugal days of the Depression when folks had to squeeze every penny out of a dollar.

If you're on a tight budget these days (and who isn't) this taste of the past will help you stretch your pennies painlessly.

Depression Cake

Makes 1 (8 inch square) cake

1 1/2 cups water
1 cup dark brown sugar (lightly packed)
1/3 cup canola oil
1 3/4 cups raisins
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon water

Position oven rack so cake will bake in center. Preheat to 325 degrees. Grease pan or coat an 8 inch square pan with baking spray.

In a medium sauce pan, combine water, sugar, oil and raisins. Cover. Bring to a boil over high. Remove cover. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Dissolve baking soda in water and stir into pot containing the raisin mixture. (Mixture will foam).

In a small bowl, combine spices, baking powder, salt and flour. Stir flour mixture into raisin mixture combining well.

Pour into prepared pan. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in pan. Cut into squares for serving.


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