Eggless-Milkless-Butterless Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.


8-10 servings

Updated: Sep. 22, 2022
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.


  • 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


  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 9x5-in. loaf pan.
  3. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in 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.

Nutrition Facts

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