Thursday, April 21, 2011


My husband’s brother and his wife were visiting and the discussion turned to an interesting cake their mother would bake for them. She called it the Canadian War Cake. It was popular during World War 1 when eggs and milk were scarce. Mom used lard or shortening, but I have substituted butter.  Also included is Peg Bracken’s "War" Chocolate Cake version.


2 cups brown sugar
2 cups hot water
4 Tbsp butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1 cup raisins

Mix brown sugar, hot water and butter in a medium size saucepan. Add raisins, and spices. Boil for 5 minutes after it bubbles. Cool completely (important). Next - - add

1 tsp. baking soda dissolved in
2 tsp. hot water
3 c. flour

Add baking soda that has been dissolved in hot water. Then add flour. Mix well and pour into a greased tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees 1 hour.

Another interesting similar cake is The Cockeyed Cake a chocolate “war” cake from the “I Hate to Cook cookbook,” by Peg Bracken. This cake is egg-less and butter-less, uses oil for the moisture, and vinegar and baking soda for leavening. This Cockeyed cake is a fun cake for children to make from scratch.

Chocolate Cockeyed Cake (Peg Bracken’s War Cake)

1 and 1/2 cups sifted flour
3 Tbsp cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
5 Tbsp cooking oil
1 Tbsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup cold water

Put your sifted flour back in the sifter, add to it the cocoa, soda, sugar, and salt, and sift this right into a greased square cake pan, about 9 x 9 x 2 inches. Now you make three grooves, or holes, in this dry mixture. Into one, pour the oil; into the next, the vinegar; into the next, the vanilla. Now pour the cold water over it all. You'll feel like you're making mud pies now, but beat it with a spoon until it's nearly smooth and you can't see the flour. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until done.

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hellaD said...

Nice! Great name. War cake. Sounds delicious!

Anonymous said...

I would love to try this one.This is authentic and has great memories.I told my children that my purpose of enjoying my time in the kitchen is that someday they would have dishes to call as family recipe made by their mom.Thanks for sharing.

Deb said...

Yum! Must try this one. :)

SarahBeeCreations said...

I'd love to try it! I made the War Cake from the Fannie Farmer cookbook on a day when the pantry was a bit low and it was wonderful.

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

:-) I have Peg's cookbook too. Would you please consider sharing your wonderful recipes at Joy of Desserts? You can link up recipes on Mondays and Thursdays. Thursdays are for vintage recipes.