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War Cake Recipe

Posted by Anza Bast on Aug 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When World War I broke out, many food items were rationed, so there was a need for economical recipes using ingredients readily available.  This one appeared in a cook book sold for $1.00 to benefit the Red Cross and American Fund for French Wounded.  It was also referred to as War Cake.

 War Cake 1917.jpg


Put into a sauce pan:

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup water

2 cups selected raisins

1/3 cup margarine

¼ cup grated nutmeg

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Boil together 3 minutes, then cool.

When cold, add 1 teaspoonful baking soda, dissolved in hot water.

Have ready 2 cups flour into which ½ teaspoonful of baking powder has been sifted; add mixture in the saucepan to the flour and baking powder; mix well, pour into a buttered tin and bake in a moderate oven.

If unable to use brown sugar, use ½ cup of syrup and ½ cup white sugar.

(Recipe was submitted by a Miss Lathrop)


Source:  Google Books, “Cook Book Helpful Recipes for War Time” compiled by Mrs. Robert S. Bradley, published 1917

Topics: History, War Cake Recipe, 100 years ago

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