This is probably my FAVORITE cake. My mom did indeed make it during the depression, and of course for years and years afterward. It is a great snack cake, good for packing in lunches too! Thank you for reminding me of this recipe, I'll have to make it very soon! Mmmm..
by the way! Hi everyone! Just registered recently. This looks to be an excellent forum!
Post by Chris in NM on Apr 6, 2009 18:27:17 GMT -6
Hello and welcome! We had a problem a few months ago with the message board. Here is the recipe!
THE DEPRESSION CAKE
2 cups granulated sugar 2 cups strong coffee 2 cups raisins 1/2 cup shortening 1 apple, pared & grated 2 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp each: cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg 1 cup chopped walnuts 2 tsp baking soda powdered sugar, for garnish
In large saucepan, combine granulated sugar, coffee, raisins, shortening and apple. Simmer 10 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally. Cool 10 minutes. In large bowl, blend remaining ingredients, except powdered sugar. Stir raisin mixture into flour mixture. Pour batter into well greased & floured 13 x 9 inch pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan & dust with powdered sugar, if desired. Ready to serve. (Variation: Bake in 2 layers in 9 inch pans & use frost with Caramel Icing, below.) Caramel Icing Ingredients: 1 cup buttermilk 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup butter 1/2 tsp soda 1 tsp vanilla Mix sugars, soda, milk, & butter in saucepan. Cook until mixture will form soft ball when dropped in cold water. Add vanilla and beat until creamy. Add nuts if desired.