Poor Man's Cake II

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"This cake often appeared on the Sunday dinner table during the depression and the war years. It's been in my family for three generations. During the olden days, many families could not afford the luxury of the traditional fruitcakes, so this recipe became the popular Christmas fruitcake of the poor."
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1 h 50 m servings 192 cals
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Original recipe yields 18 servings



  • Calories:
  • 192 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 5.9 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs:
  • 34.2g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 1.8 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium:
  • 140 mg
  • 6%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9 x 13 inch pan.
  2. Place cold water, brown sugar, raisins, lard, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a large saucepan. Bring this combination to a boil. Let simmer for a full 6 minutes, then allow mixture to cool to lukewarm. Set aside.
  3. In small mixing bowl, combine flour and soda. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the cooled mixture. Add vanilla, and blend into batter. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 90 to 120 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool. Store for at least a week before cutting. This cake will remain moist for months.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.


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My grandmother baked this cake for my dad for his birthday when he was a boy, he is now 87. I was so excited when I found the recipe, it is meant to be heavy and a bit dry. To avoid that if you...

Cooking time at start of recipe contradicts the cooking time given at the end of the recipe. Does not take long to cook - 4o minutes for 18 person size. Found the mixture very dry - 'batter' i...

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