Everything but the dishwater squaw cake

Everything But The Dishwater Squaw Cake Recipe

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Pat Campbell


Another recipe from cookbook.....easy recipes of chuck wagon cooking....
Haven't tried this one, but I love the name of the recipe.
A moist cake made without eggs or butter, ingredients often hard to find on the trail. Traditionally, trail cooks used mild flavored beef or pork lard, rendered from the kidney fat. Throw in just about everything but the dishwater. This moist cake was a popular dessert on the trail,(when had all ingredients) and was also used as a breakfast bread.


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15 Min
1 Hr 30 Min


  • 1 cup
    raisins, or any dried fruit
  • 2 cups
  • 4 cups
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 cup
    granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup
    dark brown sugar or 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp
    each... ground allspice, ground cinnamon, ground cloves and ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup
    melted shortening

How to Make Everything but the dishwater squaw cake


  1. Place raisins or other dried fruit in saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Combine all dry ingredients and molasses, if using. Stir in melted shortening until batter forms a smooth paste. Add fruit and the remaining liquid to the batter. Pour into a greased 9 inch cake pan and bake about 1 1/2 hours at 325.
    Allow to cool and place in a tin overnight before serving.

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About Everything but the dishwater squaw cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Hashtags: #Fruit, #and, #sugar, #spices, #Brown

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