Vegan Spice Cake

    1 hour 5 minutes

    This recipe dates from the Depression era when eggs, butter and milk were in short supply. You'll be surprised how easy and delicious it is!

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    Serves: 24 

    • 1 cup copha
    • 2 cups (500ml) water
    • 2 cups raisins
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 2 cups (440g) white sugar
    • 3 cups (375g) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

    1. In a saucepan combine the copha, water, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and sugar. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand until cool.
    2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease one 20x30cm baking dish.
    3. Stir the flour and bicarb soda into the cooled raisin mixture and mix until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
    4. Bake for 45 minutes.

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    Tasty, easy recipe.  -  22 Feb 2013


    I was looking for a cake that I could make w/o eggs. I tried this cake and it was very simple AND moist. The only change I made was that I din't have lard and I used oil instead. It did take time for the liquid to cool but I didn't mind. It didn't seem to have any bad effect. My kids and husband finished the cake that night. I will definetly make this cake again.  -  11 Jun 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This turned out great the first and third time. Delicious and moist. The second time I didn't wait for the mixture to cool and put too much flour - so becareful not to do this. Works well with or without raisins. Excellent cut in half and layered and covered with vanilla frosting!  -  21 Jan 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)