depression cake

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a recipe by
Teresa H
Great Falls, MT

This is a recipe my aunt shared with me. She told me the reason it was called depression cake is because it has no butter or eggs which were expensive during the depression.

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prep time 5 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For depression cake

  • 1 1/2 c
  • 2 c
  • 1 c
    shortning (i use crisco)
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2 c
    hot water
  • 3 c
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda

How To Make depression cake

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x13 pan with oil. I prefer a glass baking dish.
  • 2
    Combine all but flour and baking soda in a medium sauce pan. Bring ingredients to simmer and let cook for 5 minutes.
  • 3
    Let stand for 3 minutes then add the flour and baking soda stirring only until all is combined.
  • 4
    Pour in to a 9x13 prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
  • 5
    This cake is very good by itself as a spice cake but I prefer cream cheese frosting on top of it.