Combine in a saucepan:
- 2 cups seeded raisins
- 2 cups white sugar
- 2 cups water
- 2 Tablespoons fat (shortening or butter)
- 1 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. ginger
Boil mixture for 5 minutes. Let cool.
Add 3 cups of flour, 2 tsp soda, 1/2 tsp salt.
Bake at 350 degrees for around 50 minutes.
This cake is also known as Poor Man’s Cake, Boiled Fruit Cake or War Cake. It doesn’t require eggs although I have seen some recipes that use eggs. You can also add mixed fruit and/or nuts which make it more like a Christmas Fruitcake – but my family prefers it this way.
It’s a lovely moist, spicy cake. The combination of raisins, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger simmering on the stove makes the house smell so delicious!
This cake tastes very good plain ~ but if you spread some butter on top . . .
If you give this recipe a try, let me know how it turns out.
Better yet, invite me over.