World War 1 Cake

World War 1 Cake

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Linda Woodham


This is my grandmother Della's recipe.She said her mother made this cake (bread) when she was a child, and that my grandfather called it her world war 1 cake because she baked it the first time for him when he came home on leave.


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makes 4 loaves
30 Min
1 Hr 30 Min


  • 4 c
    white sugar
  • 4 c
  • 1 c
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    allspice, ground
  • 1 tsp
  • 6 c
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 c
    cherries cut in half
  • 1 c
    nuts chopped ( pecans or walnuts )

How to Make World War 1 Cake


  1. in the evening,mix first 9 ingredients in large pot
  2. bring 4 cups water to boiling point. pour hot water over mixture and boil for 5 min.
  3. let stand overnight to cool
  4. next morning preheat oven to 325 degrees
  5. sift together TWICE the flour and baking soda,stir into cold mixture, add nuts and cherries
  6. pour into 4 loaf pans and bake 1 1/2 hours. cool completely,then wrap in tinfoil
  7. NOTE: I use green and red cherries. walnuts or pecans

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About World War 1 Cake

Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom

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