The Depression Era and a recipe for Poor Mans Cake

A dear friend of mine shared some info on depression recipes. And well, as much as people want to say we're not that bad off yet. I think it can never be too early to start preparing and remembering. I listened to a story of a dear old lady who ate stale bread to remind herself of the suffering during the depression. So she would never forget. I'm guessing so that she would always be thankful. Another reason not to forget, is so that we won't forget how to survive and even thrive in those times. Many of the depression survivors are gone home, but there are still many that remain, and most of them are willing to share what they know if we'll listen. Seek them out and ask what they know. Then practice what you learn! Do it now while you don't HAVE to. If depression era recipes, and ways of living are part of our normal daily life, using them when we have to will not shock our bodies or minds so much when it becomes a necessity. So without further ado...

Poor Mans Cake

An egg-less, dairy free cake. A great spice cake used to stretch a budget or even for those with allergy considerations.


    • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
    • 1 1/2 cups coffee or water
    • 1/3 cup fat drippings or oil
    • 2 cups dark raisins
    • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons water
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine sugar, water, vegetable oil, raisins, and spices in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Take pan off heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Dissolve baking soda and salt in 2 teaspoons of water and add to raisin mixture (it will foam).
  4. Blend in the flour and baking powder. Mix well.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased 9 inch square pan and bake for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick unserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Let cake cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

For your reading pleasure... I also found a neat article on living in the depression. It contains lots of neat info, a video about depression cooking, as well as a link to more information on depression living. You can read it HERE.

"6And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet." Mathew 24:6 KJV

Many blessings to you all!


  1. This quote

    "Looking back, they're in awe of parents who shepherded them through one of the worst financial periods in U.S. history without the aid of strict bank protections, food stamps, unemployment or other social benefits."

    really makes me stand in awe of the mental crisis that the majority of people who were raised and live on assistance will suffer because THAT is all they have known - to depend on someone else. How quickly things have turned in this country!

    Great recipe, post and link, I enjoyed them!

  2. I just found your blog and I am glad I did ;- ) Thanks for the info. on THE Depression. We just don't knbow where our country is headed. I think we are not being told the truth though about how things really are. For that reason, I am always on the look out for info. about how others survived the Depression of the 30's. Thanks for your post!

    Many blessings to you this day!

    Matthew 6:33

  3. Thanks both of you for commenting! My prayer is that my blog is always a blessing to those who read it. I am hoping to be posting another one soon with other tips on how they survived.


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