Poor Man's Cake

Fruit Cake
James A. Guilliam
  • 50 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: 12 Servings
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This old-fashioned dessert made without milk or eggs was especially popular in the 1930s. Because of its economical ingredients, it's also sometimes referred to as Depression cake. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

How to Make It

  1. In a heavy saucepan, bring raisins and 1 cup water to a boil. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking 10 minutes longer.
  2. Cream shortening and sugar. Stir in cooked raisins, 1/2 cup water, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, and baking soda dissolved in hot water. Beat in flour. Pour batter into greased and floured 9 x 13 x 2-inch pan.
  3. Bake at 350 F (175 C) for 25 minutes.
  4. If desired, frost with cream cheese frosting.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 199
    Total Fat 5 g
    Saturated Fat 2 g
    Unsaturated Fat 2 g
    Cholesterol 1 mg
    Sodium 280 mg
    Carbohydrates 39 g
    Dietary Fiber 2 g
    Protein 1 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)