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This boiled fruit cake recipe is dairy free, very forgiving, and a nice project to do with the kids. The cake doesn't need icing - it is delectable as is. Use a combination of raisins, sultanas and currants if desired.

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IngredientsServes: 12

  • 325g raisins
  • 475ml water
  • 120ml vegetable oil
  • 250ml cold water
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 500g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

MethodPrep:30min ›Cook:1hr ›Ready in:1hr30min

  1. Boil raisins in 475ml of water for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and do not drain. Add vegetable oil and cold water to the raisins.
  2. Mix sugar, flour, spices, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a large bowl. Add the raisin mixture to the bowl, and stir till just mixed.
  3. Pour into a greased and floured 20x30cm baking tin, and bake for one hour in a preheated 180 C / Gas 4 oven. It is done if a skewer comes out clean.

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Reviews & ratingsAverage global rating:(39)

Reviews in English (35)

by BMDSINGLE

This cake was really good. It is good in the morning with coffee. I made mine in a bundt pan, and it turned out great.-11 May 2000

by Vivian Lee

My co-worker baked it and brought to office. It tasted GREAT. I tried myself but used a smaller cake pan for thicker cake. It took a longer time to bake and turned out like rock and raisins at top are burnt and bitter. So be sure to follow the recipe and use correct size pan. I'll try again.-31 May 2000

by starshadow

I was looking for something different to make my dad for fathers day. We always make him oatmeal raisin cookies and he always complains that there aren't enough raisins (even when there are so many the cookies barely stay together!) I joked that I finally found a way to extract the essence of raisin (the boiling really does this!) and bake it throughout the cake. Boiling the raisins also makes sure the cake stays nice and moist. I substituted 1/4 of spiced rum for 1/4 of water in the baking and it turned out delicious. Great recipe if you love raisins!-22 Jun 2006


    • 1 1/2 C. Raisins
    • 1 1/2 C. Water
    • 3/4 C. Sugar
    • 1/2 C. Butter or Margarine
    • 1 Egg
    • 1 Tsp. Vanilla
    • 1 1/2 C. Flour
    • 1 Tsp. Baking Powder
    • 1 Tsp. Baking Soda
    • Pinch of Salt
    1. Boil raisins in water for 20 mins. Save 3/4 cup juice from boiled raisins. Cream together sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla. Sift flour, salt, baking powder and soda. Add to creamed mixture. Next add raisin juice, mix and then add raisins last. Bake at 325 for 45 mins in an 8x8 square pan.

    Depression Era Recipe: Boiled Cake

    “In its humbleness and simplicity, this raisin spice cake somehow tastes like the Great Depression, and yet it is surprisingly good, even though it doesn’t have eggs, butter, or milk.”

    Times were tough for so many reasons during the Great Depression. One thing that still brought joy? Baking! Of course, with precious few resources to spend on desserts instead of filling meals, people had to get creative in the kitchen. That’s where recipes like this boiled spice cake came into play. It’s hard to imagine a cake with no eggs, milk, or butter, but this recipe proves it’s not only possible, but delicious!

    The first step is to stir sugar, raisins, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lard in a medium saucepan over the stove. You’re essentially making a spiced syrup, which you’ll start to smell right away!

    Once the ingredients are heated all the way through and the syrup is nice and thick, pour the mixture into a large bowl with flour, baking soda, and a few other dry ingredients. That’s pretty much it. Pour the batter in a bundt pan and bake for 45 minutes. The end result is a moist, earthy, spicy cake, similar to carrot cake.


    The answer is simple, Simplicity, Foolproof, Straightforward, and Tested. Yes, all recipes have been tested before posting including this Boiled Raisin Cake.

    Ready to make this Boiled Raisin Cake Recipe? Let’s do it!

    Oh, before I forget…If you’re looking for recipes that are simple to follow, then we’ve got your back. With over 55,000 recipes in our database, we’ve got the best recipes you’re craving for.

    2 c Sugar 1 c Heavy cream
    2 c Raisins 5 c Flour
    3/4 c Shortening 2 ts Baking powder
    2 1/2 c Water 1 ts Baking soda
    1 ts Baking soda 2 c Chopped nuts
    2 ts Cinnamon

    Combine in large saucepan, sugar, raisins, shortening, water, 1
    teaspoon baking soda and cinnamon boil 20 minutes. Cool.
    Add heavy cream, flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon soda and chopped
    nuts blend thoroughly. Pour into greased and floured 9×13-inch
    baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until cake tests
    done. Cool and top with white butter frosting, or as desired.

    Yields
    1 servings


    Depression Era Recipe: Boiled Cake

    “In its humbleness and simplicity, this raisin spice cake somehow tastes like the Great Depression, and yet it is surprisingly good, even though it doesn’t have eggs, butter, or milk.”

    Times were tough for so many reasons during the Great Depression. One thing that still brought joy? Baking! Of course, with precious few resources to spend on desserts instead of filling meals, people had to get creative in the kitchen. That’s where recipes like this boiled spice cake came into play. It’s hard to imagine a cake with no eggs, milk, or butter, but this recipe proves it’s not only possible, but delicious!


    The first step is to stir sugar, raisins, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lard in a medium saucepan over the stove. You’re essentially making a spiced syrup, which you’ll start to smell right away!

    Once the ingredients are heated all the way through and the syrup is nice and thick, pour the mixture into a large bowl with flour, baking soda, and a few other dry ingredients. That’s pretty much it. Pour the batter in a bundt pan and bake for 45 minutes. The end result is a moist, earthy, spicy cake, similar to carrot cake.



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    • 1 1/2 cups raisins
    • 1 cup cold water
    • 1/2 cup cold water
    • 1/4 cup shortening
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 2 tablespoons hot water
    • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

    In a heavy saucepan, bring raisins and 1 cup water to a boil. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking 10 minutes longer.

    Cream shortening and sugar. Stir in cooked raisins, 1/2 cup water, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, and baking soda dissolved in hot water. Beat in flour. Pour batter into greased and floured 9 x 13 x 2-inch pan.


    1/3 cup butter or 5 1/3 tablespoons

    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

    1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1/2 teaspoon baking powder

    1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, (optional)

    Bring butter, sugar, raisins, spices, salt and water to a medium boil for 3 minutes on top of the stove. Remove from stove and let cool. Stir in vanilla extract. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and baking powder in a large bowl. Pour in cooled ingredients and mix until ingredients are all wet. Stir in eggs and fold in nuts. Spray a 9 x 5 loaf pan with cooking spray and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 50 to 55 minutes until center tests done. Can add your favorite frosting or a glaze. I usually just sprinkle on some powdered sugar. Keeps well in an airtight container for several day. I don’t refrigerate. Can be reheated in oven or microwave. Makes 1 loaf. Enjoy!


    The answer is simple, Simplicity, Foolproof, Straightforward, and Tested. Yes, all recipes have been tested before posting including this Veva's Boiled Raisin Cake.

    Ready to make this Veva's Boiled Raisin Cake Recipe? Let’s do it!

    Oh, before I forget…If you’re looking for recipes that are simple to follow, then we’ve got your back. With over 55,000 recipes in our database, we’ve got the best recipes you’re craving for.

    2 c Sugar
    2 c Raisins
    1/2 ts Cloves
    2 tb Cocoa
    3 c Water
    1 c Shortening
    3 ts Cinnamon
    1/2 ts Cinnamon
    1/2 ts Nutmeg
    1 ts Salt
    4 1/2 c Flour sifted together with:
    3 ts Baking soda
    1 c Nuts
    1 pk Chopped dates
    1 pk Chopped fruit for fruit
    -cakes

    So I’m sending along some of favorite foods my Mom used to fix in the 40’s
    and 50’s. Her name is Veva.

    Boil the first 10 ingredients for 10 minutes. Cool and add remaining
    ingredients.

    Pour into 3 bread loaf pans (greased) and set them on a cooky sheet to keep
    the raisins from burning and bake about 1 hr. at 350 F. Better when kept
    over a long period of time.
    Yields
    1 Servings


    War Cake

    By Barbara99 Published: November 11, 2012

    • Yield: 1 cake (12-14 Servings)
    • Prep: 5 hrs 0 min
    • Cook: 60 mins
    • Ready In: 6 hrs 0 min

    An old-fashioned cake made with large sticky raisins and a mixture of spices. Common cake during war time.

    Ingredients

    • 3/4 cup shortening
    • 2 cups brown sugar, lightly packed
    • 1 pound large, sticky raisins
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 tsp nutmeg
    • 1/2 tsp cloves
    • 1/4 tsp ginger
    • 1/8 tsp mace
    • 1/8 tsp cardamon
    • 2 cups boiling water
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 tsp soda

    Instructions

    1. Assemble ingredients.
    2. Into a large saucepan, place the shortening, brown sugar, raisins, salt, spices, and boiling water. Over medium-high heat, bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and boil mixture for five minutes. Remove from heat and set saucepan on cooling rack. Let mixture cool to room temperature (4-5 hours), stirring occasionally.
    3. In bowl, whisk the flour and baking soda together. Set aside.
    4. When raisin mixture has cooled completely, add the flour and baking soda. Stir until dry ingredients have been completely mixed into the raisin mixture.
    5. Spoon mixture into greased pan. Add a small pan of hot water to lower shelf in oven for moisture while cake is baking. Bake cake on middle rack in 335F preheated oven. If cake starts to brown on the top too quickly, loosely place a piece of tin foil on top of cake. Bake apx. 1 hour but begin to test cake for doneness, using a cake tester, at the 45-minute point as cake can dry out very quickly.
    6. Remove cake from oven and place pan on cooling rack for 10 minutes then remove from pan. Allow cake to cool completely before cutting.
    • Cuisine:American
    • Course:Dessert
    • Skill Level:Easy

    War Cake or Boiled Raisin Cake

    War cake or boiled raisin cake was a popular cake as it used no butter, milk, sugar or eggs. It could be made with molasses, honey, syrup or brown sugar – depending on what was available. Because it has a long shelf life and is very dense it was often wrapped up and sent overseas – a journey that could take several months.

    Here are two versions, one using molasses and one using brown sugar. The original source of these recipes is unknown but versions of these recipes are posted on various internet sites.

    Recipe for Molasses War Cake

    War cake made with molasses, spices and raisins in a bundt pan. A cake without butter, milk, sugar or eggs!



Comments:

  1. Vern

    Bravo, I think this is a brilliant idea



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