Depression Cake III Recipe -

Depression Cake III

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"A cake handed down from my Great Grandmother when they didn't have much to use in their mixes. Prepare to enjoy the most wonderful thing you ever laid a lip on."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9x13 inch pan Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. Sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan combine the coffee, sugar, butter, raisins, allspice and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  3. Stir in flour mixture until well combined. Pour into a 9x13 inch pan. Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 29, 2002

I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't tried it. Rich, moist, and so light! I added an extra 1/2 cup raisins and used 3/4 c. white sugar and 3/4 c. brown sugar. Finished by sprinkling confectioner's sugar over the cooled cake. A tip to cool the coffee mixture: partially fill sink with cold water; set pan in and stir until mixture cools (which it does quickly!) I also baked the cake in a pyrex 9 x 13 pan; it was done to a "T" after 40 minutes.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 20, 2003

Now I know why this is called Depression Cake -- it tastes awful! There is too much baking soda and not enough sugar. I won't be making this again, but if you're out of eggs and are going to try it, at least double the sugar and use 2 tsp of baking powder and 1 tsp baking soda (instead of vice versa as stated in the recipe).


9 Ratings

Dec 09, 2008

WOW, first time go-i made this with the depression era corn and my guys actually loved a full night of depression :) next time im going to use brown sugar, i served it fresh out of the oven with chocolate ice cream on top, very easy to make and im a bad cook

Jan 20, 2003

Wonderful taste, though it refused to get out of the pan! I cut this cake into brownie-like pieces and removed them individually from the pan... made for a messy job, but I didn't mind... all the more crumbs to pick at! :-) Next time I'll use less sugar and raisins, and probably omit the allspice, because I prefer a more intense coffee flavour, and I found this to be rather sweet! Nevertheless, great recipe, and I WILL be making this again! Thanks!

Aug 29, 2002

Delicious, and so easy! I added a cinnamon glaze to the top because the top was dry the next day, but it didn't really need the extra flavour - and inside was still very moist

Aug 29, 2002

This cake hit the spot when I wanted something sweet but didn't have any eggs in the house. I can't believe how light, fluffy, and moist it turned out. It did take a long time for the coffee mixture to get to room temperature, but that's probably because I baked this cake on a very hot summer day. I think that this recipe would be a good one for people who don't bake to try, since it turned out fantastic even in my quirky oven!

Feb 06, 2007

My revisions, 1/2 cup of molassas and substitute currants for the raisens. Also, doubled up on the sugar. I kept my eye closely on this, as another commentor stated it was hard to get out of the pan. However, the molassas seems to slow down the process, and it took a full hour to bake to done. Worth the wait, and then some! Out of this world, chewy, rich and delicious.

Jan 27, 2006

I'm afraid I have to agree with the last reviewer as to why this is called "depression cake". I ate one slice of this cake and threw the rest away - talk about depressing! The flavour wasn't bad but the texture was brutal, it was very dry and tough. I can't see myself making this one again without some major changes, although I wouldn't even know where to begin. Sorry!


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  • Calories
  • 160 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 30 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 4 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 1.9 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 149 mg
  • 6%

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

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