Great Depression CakeThis Great Depression Cake has no milk, no eggs and no butter in the ingredients, it became popular after the stock market crash of 1929. It’s often called “Boiled Raisin Cake”or “Economical Spice Cake.” The great depression cake is moist, spicy and delicious. If you’re lucky you probably have all the ingredients to make this cake! It tastes like a cake version of the old fashioned molasses cookies I made recently!Great Depression Cake

Great Depression Cake


2 cups granulated Sugar
2 cups Strong Coffee
2 cups Sun-Maid Raisins
1/2 cup Vegetable Shortening (I used coconut oil)
1 Apple, pared, cored and grated
2 cups all-purpose Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp. Ground Cloves
1 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
1 cup chopped Walnuts
Powdered Sugar, for garnishGreat Depression Cake


In a large saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, coffee, raisins,shortening and apple. Simmer 10 minutes over low heat, stirring

occasionally. Cool 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, blend remaining ingredients, except powdered sugar. Stir raisin mixture into flour mixture. Pour batter into a well-

greased and floured 13 x 9-inch pan.

Bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

Makes one 13 x 9-inch cake. (Can also split the recipe between two 8×8 pans)Great Depression Cake

Note: 2 cups of water may be substituted for the coffee.


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