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Depression Cake

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Named for the period in history when eggs and sugar were scarce, this cake is very light. It is excellent for after-school snacks or served with tea.

Preparation facts

Yield: 9 servings


1 cup (225g) raisins

2 cups (480mL) water

2 Tbs (30mL) canola oil

1 cup (200g) brown sugar

1 cup (200g) white flour

1 cup (200g) whole wheat cake flour

1 1/2 tsp (7g) baking soda

1 tsp (5g) ground cinnamon

1 tsp (5g) ground nutmeg


Preheat oven to 325°F (162.7°C). Place raisins and water in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until water is reduced to about one cup (240mL). Set aside to cool. Cream sugar and oil by beating vigorously. Add raisins and liquid. Beat together until the mixture is smooth. Add flours, baking soda, and spices, and mix well. Bake in a lightly oiled 9-inch square (23x23cm) pan for 30–40 minutes.

Makes 9 servings.

Nutrition facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Calories 282
Calories from Fat 31 (11%)
% Daily Value*
5%Total Fat 4g
2%Saturated Fat 0.3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.9g
0%Cholesterol 0mg
9%Sodium 223mg
7%Potassium 255mg
20%Total Carbohydrate 61g
6%Dietary Fiber 1.5g
Sugars 35g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
7%Protein 3g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.
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