Depression Cake


2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups strong coffee
2 cups raisins
1/2 cup shortening
1 apple, pared & grated
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp each: cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 tsp baking soda
powdered sugar, for garnish


In large saucepan, combine granulated sugar, coffee, raisins, shortening and apple. Simmer 10 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally. Cool 10 minutes. In large bowl, blend remaining ingredients, except powdered sugar. Stir raisin mixture into flour mixture. Pour batter into well greased & floured 13 x 9 inch pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan & dust with powdered sugar, if desired. Ready to serve.


(Variation: Bake in 2 layers in 9 inch pans & use frost with Caramel Icing, below.)


Caramel Icing
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp soda
1 tsp vanilla

Mix sugars, soda, milk, & butter in saucepan. Cook until mixture will form soft ball when dropped in cold water. Add vanilla and beat until creamy. Add nuts if desired.


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