Roaring Twenties Spice Cake Recipe
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Roaring Twenties Spice Cake Recipe

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My grandmother developed this cake during World War I when eggs were in short supply, as well as being very expensive if you could find them. This is not a sweet cake, and it is great for people who cannot eat eggs. It is also inexpensive to make. As an added bonus, you can change the cake's taste a little by frosting it or pouring pudding over it.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:9 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch salt
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 397 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 217 mg sodium, 69 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. Combine first eight ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in flour, baking powder, and baking soda dissolved in the tablespoons of water. Mix well. Spread into a greased 8-in. square baking pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Meanwhile, combine sauce ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat until thickened. Serve cake warm or room temperature with warm sauce. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Roaring Twenties Spice Cake in Reminisce Spring 1991, p35

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Reviewed Nov. 4, 2011

"I had always wanted to try a spice cake recipe. This one was great! I did not try the nutmeg sauce though. You can also add a dash of allspice. When I made this recipe, I added one cup chocolate chips after mixing. The mixture was still warm so the chocolate chips ended up melting! I had not thought of this possibility when I did it! However, it tasted delicious. A chocolate spice cake really does taste good. Try it!"

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