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Eggless, Milkless, Butterless Cake

Here's a delicious spiced cake that will be a favorite with everyone in your family—and it's easy on the budget, to boot!

By Rosemary Marbach, Boston, Massachusetts

As appeared in


1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1½ cups water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 cups dark raisins

2 teaspoons cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons water

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder


1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine sugar, water, oil, raisins and spices in a saucepan, and boil for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Take pan off heat and let cool for 10 minutes.

2. Dissolve baking soda and salt in 2 teaspoons of water and add to raisin mixture (it will foam). Blend in the flour and baking powder. Mix well.

3. Pour batter into a greased 9-inch-square pan and bake for 55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cake cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 10–12

Read about how this recipe lifted one woman's spirits in Grandma's Depression Cake.