Poor Man Cake

Poor Man Cake Recipe

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Carole Fanelli


Here is another old recipe from my mother's cook book.
this was given to her, in the early 70's, by her best friend.


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30 Min
30 Min


  • 1 c
  • 1 c
    water, hot
  • 2 c
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    nutmeg, and cloves
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
    shortening, (can use 1 cup vegetable oil)
  • 1
  • 1 c
    mashed bananas or applesauce, can also use grated zucchini

How to Make Poor Man Cake


  1. Boil raisins in 1 cup water until tender.
    Measure liquid and add enough water to make 1 cup.
    set this aside.
  2. 2 cups flour
    1/2 teaspoons. cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoons. nutmeg
    1/4 teaspoons cloves
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoons salt.
    sift together and set aside.
  3. Mix together until fluffy
    1 cup sugar
    1/2 cup shortening
  4. Add in the egg
    1 cup of mashed bananas, or the applesauce
    add the raisins to the above and mix well.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Pour in a greased and floured 9X12 baking pan
    and bake at 325 or 350 degrees until when tested with a pick, it come out clean, about 30 minutes.
  7. Let cool and either ice with your favorite icing or dust with powdered sugar (this is the way I remember this cake being served, with the powdered sugar)

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Course/Dish: Cakes

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