Bare cupboard cake

Bare cupboard cake


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About this recipe: This aromatic cake recipe came from the days of wartime rationing. It is beautifully spiced, and you should have all ingredients to hand. It is a dairy and egg free vegan cake, but will be enjoyed by all.

Kathy Thurston

Serves: 12 

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 175g raisins, currants or sultanas
  • 350ml water
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease one 20cm or 23cm square cake tin.
  2. In a saucepan over medium high heat combine: the sugar, margarine or oil, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground allspice, salt, raisins and water. Bring to the boil and continue boiling for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together. Add the flour mixture to the cooled raisin mixture. Stir until just combined. Tip mixture into prepared tin.
  4. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 20 minutes.

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Reviews (39)


Easy to make, light, tastey and moist. Traditional cake that was fine for the whole family, might make it in a smaller cake tin next time as it was quite flat, but can't fault the taste!!! - 03 Mar 2012


Very easy to make and taste good. I am not a vegan, but like to use olive oil instead of other fats when I can, also we do not use a lot of milk in our house. I did cut sugar in half and used two tablespoons of honey instead. - 14 Feb 2012


Love that this cake manages to be old fashioned but remarkably up-to-date because it's vegan! I subbed out the allspice as I didn't have any, but threw in 1 star anise for about 2 minutes when boiling the syrup. Also threw in some pistachios at this point with dried cranberries and some candied fruit I had lying about from an old trail mix. The result was a brilliantly moist, slightly sticky dense cake with lots of treats hidden inside! - 24 Oct 2012

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