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Roaring Twenties Spice Cake

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 397 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 217mg sodium, 69g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • ZoomZoomDiva
    Aug 17, 2016

    I have been making this recipe for years, since seeing it originally in Reminisce. It makes a tasty, hearty cake that we have sometimes used as a breakfast item as well as dessert.I generally make a double batch for a 9x13, and sometimes use half whole wheat flour and half white flour. I also add small amounts of allspice and ginger (1/4 tsp each).

  • 1275
    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!