Grandma Gert's Recipes

My grandmother's favorite recipes collected over her lifetime.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Yum Yum Cake

It is so interesting to go through all the recipes that grandma has in her recipe box. I also have several boxes of cookbooks and I've begun going through them to see what treasures they bring. And it is amazing. In many of the books each page margin is filled with recipes she hand wrote. Also stuffed between the pages are everything from little scraps of paper, to full sheets, to newspaper clippings of recipes. Many of the newspaper clipping have dates she added that place them in the 1930's. This recipe is one I found between the pages, written on a piece of paper that was folded several times. I'm sure she placed it there so she would have it at the ready for the day she published her own cookbook. Of course she never knew of blogs, but I hope she's looking down from above with approval - her recipes are finally be shared.

Without butter, eggs, nor milk, here is a cake that is fine as silk.

1 pound seeded raisins
2 cups sugar
2 heaping Tbsp. lard
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
2 cups water

Boil all together ten minutes, let cool, then add:

3 cups sifted flour
1 rounded tsp. soda dissolved in a little hot water
1/2 tsp. salt

Bake in a slow oven.


  • At 12:59 PM, Blogger Charlotte said…

    I just found the same recipe, can't date it but the card is super old and yellowed and it was written with a fountain pen.
    Mine calls for 2 cups raisins. Everything else is the same. We'll taste it soon!


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