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Depression Cake II Recipe
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Depression Cake II

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"A surprisingly good cake that has no eggs, milk, or butter in it. My grandmother was quite proud of it."

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Original recipe makes 2 - 8x4 inch loaves Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr


  1. In a medium saucepan combine the brown sugar, hot water, bacon grease, and raisins, over medium heat. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes, then set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour two 8x4 inch loaf pans.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves. Add the ingredients from the saucepan and mix until well blended. Divide evenly between the two prepared pans.
  4. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Oct 09, 2011

Grandma taught me how to make this cake from a very young age, she wanted me to appreciate how treats don't have to be over the top or need special ingredients. She used oleo (margerine) instead of bacon grease and she also added a teaspoon of nutmeg. Whenever I make this, I feel like I'm in the kitchen with Grandma all over again. This makes great muffins.

Sep 19, 2011

My family makes this with shortening and bakes it in a bundt style pan. Then we serve it with caramel icing. My mom still makes it for my birthdays. Thanks for sharing.


9 Ratings

Dec 22, 2009

My Mother made this for years. She called it "Poor man's fruitcake". Thank you for posting this and letting me carry on a family tradition at Christmas.

Nov 10, 2011

I made this last night for my family and even my 2 year old LOVED it! We absolutely devoured a full loaf after dinner. Now I had to change it a little because of what I had on hand at the time. I only had 1 cup of raisins ;-(. So I added a frozen mix of fruits that included cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and black currents. It turned out splendidly, thank you so much for an amazing recipe that I will be making on a regular basis now!

Jun 09, 2012

This is a good cake i used prunes it was great. I will make this again.

Feb 01, 2014

yum!! I used 2tbs. Blue Bonnet margarine in place of the bacon grease and added 1/2tsp. ginger to the recipe and left out the rasins. It tasted like a spice cake to me. I made icing to drizzle over the top of each piece which we ate while still warm. For the icing I used 2 cups powdered sugar, 3tbs. milk and 1/2tsp. vanilla. So good!!

Dec 12, 2014

This is a great recipe. I did substitute cinnamon applesauce for the bacon grease, and it turned out wonderful. I gave some to my Mom, and she absolutely loved it! I also love that it doesn't require milk, eggs or butter. As someone who doesn't have a lot of money, and can't afford to always have those ingredients, this will be one of my top recipes for sure!

May 04, 2014

I cut this in half but made it almost exactly, including the bacon grease! I had butter but I really wanted to try the bacon grease... I added a few extra spices, ginger and nutmeg, extra cinnamon... Omitting the raisins. But everything else was the same. It made a delicious, not-too-dense spice cake. The batter smelled strongly like the bacon grease but after baking you couldn't tell. I was surprised and it was fun to make an eggless, milkless, butterless cake.


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  • Calories
  • 174 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.6 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 1.4 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 158 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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