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This cake was named for the period in history when eggs and sugar were scarce. It is very light and great with a cup of tea.


  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbs canola oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup (whole wheat cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Place raisins and water in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until water is reduced to about one cup. Set aside to cool.
  • Cream sugar and oil by beating vigorously.
  • Add raisins and liquid.
  • Beat together until the mixture is smooth.
  • Add flours, baking soda, and spices, and mix well.
  • Bake in a lightly oiled 9-inch square pan for 30–40 minutes.

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