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War Cake a.k.a. Poor Man's Cake

War Cake ...a.k.a. Poor Man's Cake

War Cake ...a.k.a. Poor Man's Cake - an easy to make, simple raisin spice cake using common ingredients to create a moist and delicious version of this timeless classic.
Course Cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 263 kcal


  • 2 cups raisins
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. In a small saucepan combine the raisins and water. Bring to a rolling boil and continue to boil for about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar and butter.
  3. Stir until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. This step can be done a day in advance if you prefer. Let this mixture cool for at least a couple of hours until it reaches room temperature.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and spices.
  5. Pour the raisin mixture onto the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until well blended but do not over mix the batter. Pour the batter into a well greased and floured bundt pan or tube pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning the cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container or cake tin.

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Facts
War Cake ...a.k.a. Poor Man's Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 137mg6%
Potassium 206mg6%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.