The Great Depression Cake
|Granulated sugar||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Strong coffee||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Muscat raisins||2 Cup (32 tbs) (Sun Maid)|
|Vegetable shortening||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Apple||1 , pared and grated|
|All purpose flour||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Baking powder||2 Teaspoon|
|Baking soda||1 Teaspoon|
|Ground cinnamon||1 Teaspoon|
|Ground allspice||1 Teaspoon|
|Ground cloves||1 Teaspoon|
|Ground nutmeg||1 Teaspoon|
|Chopped diamond walnuts||1 Cup (16 tbs) (For Garnish)|
|Powdered sugar||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (For Garnish)|
In large saucepan, combine granulated sugar, coffee, raisins, shortening and apple.
Simmer 10 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally.
Cool 10 minutes.
In large bowl, blend remaining ingredients, except powdered sugar.
Stir raisin mixture into flour mixture.
Pour batter into well-greased and floured 13x9-inch pan.
Bake in preheated 350Â°F oven 30 minutes or until pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool in pan and dust with powdered sugar, if desired.
Two cups water may be substituted for the coffee.
One cup diced candied fruit may be added for an easy fruitcake.