Eggless-Milkless-Butterless Cake Recipe

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This recipe came from my Grandma Frostads, who raised 12 children on a farm during the lean Depression days. It's handy during calving season when my husband and I and our three children live in a trailer with limited space for supplies.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 277 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 295mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine first seven ingredients. Bring to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool to room temperature.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add the raisin mixture. Pour into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan.
  3. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve with Hard Sauce (also found in Recipe Finder) if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Eggless-Milkless-Butterless Cake in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p17

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HeatherBresslaw User ID: 4385521 41339
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2010

"Waiting for my husband to start his new job, we were short on eggs, and butter! I gave this a try and he loved it! I was surprised!"

ElaineTatro User ID: 1389660 41334
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2009

"I child care and the children love the cookbook coloring pages along with having the opportunity to make these recipes. Elaine T."

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