Recipe courtesy of Joanne Lamb Hayes

War Cake

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 16 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 1 min
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yield: 12 servings
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1 pound raisins

2 cups packed light brown sugar

2 cups water

4 tablespoons lard or vegetable shortening

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

3 cups unsifted all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda


  1. Combine raisins, brown sugar, water, lard, salt, cinnamon, and cloves in a 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10-inch tube pan. Stir together flour and baking soda. Fold dry ingredients into cooled raisin mixture. Spoon into greased pan and bake 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  3. Cool 5 minutes in pan, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.