Poor Man's Cake

Note: According to Google, many people use raisins. I don't like them, but if you wanted to, you can add 2 cups of raisins, craisins, dates, or dried fruit.


Grease and flour loaf pan.

Mix 1 tsp. baking soda into a little bit of brewed coffee, perhaps 1/8 cup.

Mix and boil the following ingredients for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 tsp. each cloves, nutmeg, and salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon

Into cooled mixture, mix 2 cups flour and 1 tsp. baking powder. Fold in coffee/soda mix.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes.

Source: My grandma Lola Fannon lived her whole adult life in Oregon. I remember her octagonal clear green dishes and her old fashioned kitchens, where I could help her make cottage cheese and blackberry jam on a real wood stove.

This was one of her favorite recipes, and it comes out so moist you don't need anything with it except a cup of coffee or a glass of milk!!


I did find variations on this on google. It was originally from the 30's when people were low on food and made due with what they had.

By Sandra from Salem OR


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