DEPRESSION ERA EGGLESS, MILKLESS, BUTTERLESS CAKE

DEPRESSION ERA EGGLESS, MILKLESS, BUTTERLESS CAKE

This Moravian, Czechoslovakian cake somehow found its way to the United States with the valued possessions of immigrant women.

It was so popular during the depression that you would think it was written here!

The recipe varied. Almost like an apple sauce cake, spicy, fruity and moist.

Boil 5 minutes and cool:
2 c. sugar
2 c. raisins
2 c. water
2 T. lard

Add:
1 T. molasses

Sift:
1 t. soda
1 t. allspice
1 t. nutmneg
3 c. flour

Add to above.

Mix and bake in 8-inch square pan at 350* F. for 35 minutes or toothpick test.

Variation:

1 c. brown sugar - boil together with
1 1/4 c. water
1 c. raisins
1/3 c. shortening - cool 3 minutes.

Add - sifted together:
2 c. flour
3 t. baking powder
1 t. nutmeg
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt

Mix well and add 3/4 c. chopped nuts. Bake in moderate oven 45 minutes.

Also known as Raisin Spice Cake - which calls for 1 t. baking powder and 1 t. soda. Add 2 eggs and bake for 1 hour in medium size pan. The rest of the ingredients are as above.