This recipe is a true WWII ration book special. It has no eggs, butter, milk or white sugar. How could a cake with none of those things even work??? Like a charm! It has a delightful spicy aroma, rose up beautifully in the pan, and was incredibly moist. Any GI Joe would love to have this on the table when we came home…
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups hot water
2 Tablespoons shortening
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 cup raisins
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1 teaspoon hot water
Bring all the ingredients except flour and soda/water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat.
Watch for boil overs! Stir occasionally. After it boils, reduce the heat to keep it at a low boil for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
Add flour and soda/water. Mix well.
Pour into 2 greased and sugared loaf pans.
Bake at 325 for 45-50 minutes, or until pick comes out clean.
Cool on wire rack.
Serve cooled or slightly warm.