(Let Them Eat) Depression Cake

1 c. shortening
2 c. water
2 c. raisins
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground allspice
½ tsp. ground cloves
2 c. white sugar
3 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Grease one 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
3. In a saucepan, combine the shortening, water, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and sugar. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand until cool.
4. Stir the flour and baking soda into the cooled raisin mixture, and mix until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Be sure not to use more than 3 cups of flour. Also be sure that the raisin mixture has cooled before the flour and baking soda are added, and cool the cake thoroughly before cutting.

Variations: Omit the raisins, or use dried cherries instead
Servings per recipe: 24
Calories per serving: 234 (8.8 fat grams/79.2 fat calories)

Cross-posted from Palomino’s Paddock


3 comments on “(Let Them Eat) Depression Cake

  1. Anna Belle says:

    Timely post, Palomino. Thanks.

  2. nomorednc says:

    Really enjoyed your comments as I relaxed with my mojito, made it even more enjoyable. Hit everything right on the money. but the pundits and media will see BO as the winner. At this point, who cares what the bias media thinks anymore, they in the pockets of the elitist with mucho money

  3. roofingbird says:

    lol- I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made stuff like this. Raisin pie too. We’ll survive, even if we do have to pull out those old victory cookbooks.

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