WWI Spice Cake

Category Cakes
Rationing of foods was in effect during World War 1, to make sure the forces got the food they needed. These cakes contain no eggs, milk or butter.
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September 7, 2016

This recipe contains no eggs, milk or butter. This is an authentic World War I cake that was popular when rationing was in full force in England. It's a dense spice cake that goes with pretty much anything. Coffee, ice cream, a cold glass of milk, hot chocolate, well, you get the idea.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Yield: 8 slices

Source: I found it online, can't remember when or where.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Steps:

  1. Combine water, shortening, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and brown sugar into small saucepan. Bring to boil and cook 3 minutes. Allow to cool.
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  3. Meanwhile, combine flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  4. When cooked mixture cools, combine with dry ingredients. Mix until smooth.
  5. Pour into greased 1.5 quart baking dish or loaf pan.
  6. Bake in 350 degree F oven for one hour.
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