Cakes, Pies & Pastries

War Cake

My grandmother made this from Thanksgiving to Christmas to give out to all 9 of her children and their children. The aroma that permeated the house is something that I will never forget. The recipe gets its name because it was originally created during WWI and does not contain any expensive or hard to come-by ingredients such as eggs and milk. - Will



Combine first 7 ingredients (brown sugar, hot water, raisins, shortening, cinnamon, cloves, and salt) in a 4 quart pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes.

When cold (which can take quite some time unless you are making it in the winter and can put it outside) add baking soda to luke warm water then add to the pot. Then blend in the flour 1/2-1 cup at a time.

Pour batter in to an unprepared loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours.


You may want to try adding your favorite nut chopped up after the flour is blended. (I have not tried this so I'm not quite sure how it would turn out).

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Copyright © William T. Zander II & Joseph L. Casadonte Jr. 1997. All rights reserved.
War Cake / 29 November 1997 /
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