Mrs. Claus' Cookbook - World War I Cake

World War I Cake

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From the kitchen of Valerie Smith

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Recipe Details

Bake Time:
1.5 hour(s)
4 loaves
Good for parties/potlucks


4 cups white sugar
4 cups raisins
1 cup shortening
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons all spice
1 tablespoon salt
6 cups flour
1 cup currants
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cherries cut in half*


  1. In the evening, mix the together the first 9 ingredients in a large pot.

  2. Bring 4 cups water to a boiling point. Pour hot water over mixture and boil for 5 minutes.

  3. Let stand overnight to cool.

  4. Next morning preheat oven to 325 degrees.

  5. Sift together twice the flour and baking soda, and stir into cold mixture. Add currants and cherries.

  6. Pour into 4 loaf pans and bake for about 1 1/2 hours.

  7. Cool completely then wrap in tinfoil.

Note: I used green and red cherries.


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cndymm says:


11/27/2012 6:12:27 PM

DaniStephan85 says:

This cake is amazing! I didn't use cherries, just extra currants (fresh!) and added some Craisins. SUPER yummy! It's been requested again this year! :) I'm planning on making them for holiday gifts. :)

11/13/2012 6:16:16 PM

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