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    War Time Cake

    Source of Recipe

    Gene's Mother Mildred

    Recipe Introduction

    This eggless, butterless and milkless cake used to be a staple during times of war and now it's revered as one of the most budget-friendly and trusted easy cake recipes ever. Try making this Vintage Wartime Cake and get a taste of simpler times. Made with raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg, this cake is as flavorful as it is easy to make. You won't find many dessert recipes like this nowadays, so be sure this recipe stays in safekeeping.

    List of Ingredients

    1 pound raisins
    2 cups water
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1 cup brown sugar
    1 cup shortening
    4 1/2 cups cake flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoon cinnamon
    2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 teaspoon cloves
    1 cup nuts (optional)

    For the Caramel Frosting
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup water
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    3 tablespoon butter
    2 1/4 cups sifted confectioners sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    Combine raisins, sugars, 1 cup of water, shortening, salt and spices in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool until lukewarm, then add the other cup of water.

    Dissolve baking soda in 2 teaspoons of water, set aside.

    Stir sifted and measured flour into raisin mixture and beat until smooth. Add dissolved baking soda last.

    Pour into greased and floured 13" x 9" pan and bake 50-55 minutes. It may also be cooked in a tube pan.

    Prepare the Caramel Frosting: Combine sugar, water and salt in a saucepan. Cook 6 minutes, stirring often.

    Cool to lukewarm and stir in 3 Tbsp. of butter. Then gradually stir in confectioners sugar, beating until smooth. Stir in vanilla and spread on cake.




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