This is a very simple and delicious cake recipe that uses no eggs or milk. The secret is poaching the raisins in coffee, sugar and spices.
I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't tried it. Rich, moist, and so light! I added an extra 1/2 cup raisins and used 3/4 c. white sugar and 3/4 c. brown sugar. Finished by sprinkling confectioner's sugar over the cooled cake. A tip to cool the coffee mixture: partially fill sink with cold water; set pan in and stir until mixture cools (which it does quickly!) I also baked the cake in a pyrex 9 x 13 pan; it was done to a "T" after 40 minutes. - 21 Jan 2002 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Now I know why this is called Depression Cake -- it tastes awful! There is too much baking soda and not enough sugar. I won't be making this again, but if you're out of eggs and are going to try it, at least double the sugar and use 2 tsp of baking powder and 1 tsp baking soda (instead of vice versa as stated in the recipe). - 24 Dec 2002 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
WOW, first time go-i made this with the depression era corn and my guys actually loved a full night of depression next time im going to use brown sugar, i served it fresh out of the oven with chocolate ice cream on top, very easy to make and im a bad cook - 09 Dec 2008 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)