Remembrance Day – War Cake Recipe

Remeberence Day Cake 001

Every year on November 11th we acknowledge the sacrifice and courage of those who have given their lives and served this country.  Besides wearing our poppies to say thanks we can remember to participate in the Remembrance day service by giving a minute of silence on the eleventh day on the eleventh hour.   The War Cake is to symbolize the type of foods eaten in times during the war when luxury foods weren’t too accessible.

War Cakes may vary depending on the personal recipes, but traditionally they are very heavy, dark, and made with less eggs, less milk, and less sugar.


Combine and boil for 5 minutes only:

1 lb (about 2 cups) raisin
1 cup water
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup lard
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp each cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt

Let cool to lukewarm, then sift together and add:

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda

You can adjust the flavour of the cake by adding vanilla or brandy.


Pour into a well-greased pan, about 8″ square.

Bake at 325°F for about one hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake doesn’t come out sticky.

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