Egg Free Coffee and Raisin Cake

    1 hour 10 minutes

    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.

    14 people made this

    Serves: 24 

    • 3 cups (375g) plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons bicarb soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 2 cups (500ml) strong brewed coffee
    • 1 1/2 cups (330g) white sugar
    • 125g vegan margarine like Nuttelex
    • 1 cup raisins
    • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 20x30cm pan. Sift together the flour, bicarb soda and baking powder. Set aside.
    2. In a large saucepan combine the coffee, sugar, butter, raisins, allspice and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and set aside to cool to room temperature.
    3. Stir in flour mixture until well combined. Pour into a pan. Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of cake comes out clean.

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    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)