Canadian War Cake OR Depression Cake

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Mar. 25, 2019

Canadian War Cake OR Depression Cake OR Hoover Cake Or Eggless, Butterless, Milkless Cake... Whatever name you use for this cake recipe it was born out of the hard times of war, and then used through the dark years of the depression. In the end this is a vegan raisin spice cake that we found in the 1939 Elmvale Community Cook Book.


Raisins 2 Cup (32 tbs) (about 500 mL)
Sugar 250 Milliliter (about 1 cup)
Vegetable shortening 30 Milliliter (about 2 tbsp)
Ground cinnamon 1 Teaspoon (about 5 mL)
Ground cloves 1/2 Teaspoon (about 2 mL)
Water 250 Milliliter (about 1 cup)
Baking soda 1 Teaspoon (about 5 mL)
All purpoase flour 1 1/2 Cup (24 tbs) (about 375 mL)



1. Place raisins, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and water in a small pot and bring to a boil.

2. Boil for 5 minutes and then remove from the heat and let cool to room temp.

3. Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF).


4. Mix baking soda and flour into the raisin mixture until fully combined.

5. Pour into a greased and floured 8x8” baking pan.

6. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cake tester comes out clean.


7. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Ready In: 40 Minutes
Servings: 10