Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Anna Sultana’s Milkless, Eggless, Butterless Cakes (Chocolate or Raisin) and Two-Egg Sponge Cake

Well, we’ve just gotten through about a month of living in quarantine.
To be honest, for many seniors in Manitoba staying home during early Spring is  just a regular part of our usual way of living.
During this time we have icy sidewalks, what with our usual freeze and thaw weather pattern.

But the shortages at the grocery store is becoming a bit unnerving.
Sometimes it calls for a bit of ingenuity in the kitchen before we can make dinner, or desserts.

Flour is a staple, but it can cause a problem if you run out.
Check the back of your cabinets.
If you have cake & pastry flour and the recipe calls for all-purpose flour, just add two tablespoons to each cup of cake and pastry flour.
If you have all-purpose flour and the recipe calls for cake & pastry flour, just remove two tablespoons from each cup of all-purpose flour.

I’m hoping that you've also got a bag of raisins just sitting on the shelves.
Depression Cake, also called Boiled Raisin Cake or War Cake, is a recipe that doesn’t call for milk, eggs or butter.
Neither does Ma’s Easy Raisin/Sultana Cake.
Got raisins? Got cake.

About the Chocolate Cake, when we're over the virus crisis:
Instead of the water you can use 1 Cup lukewarm sour milk or buttermilk.
Instead of the oil, you can use 1/2 Cup margarine, melted.

If you’ve got a tin of frosting, or feel like making some, it would be appreciated.
Chocolate Mocha Frosting

1 Tablespoon instant coffee
1/2 Cup hot water
Set aside.

In a medium mixer bowl cream
3/4 Cup Crisco
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup unsweetened cocoa
Making 3 dry and 2 liquid additions, add
4 1/2 Cups sifted icing sugar
Alternately with the prepared coffee.
Beat well until smooth.

You could split the cake to make it more like a layer cake.

                        Chocolate Cake

Grease an 8 inch square pan
Preheat oven to 350º F

Sift into a medium bowl
1 1/2 Cup flour
1 Cup sugar
3 Tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 ounces oil 
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1 Cup water
Mix well.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake 40 minutes.
Insert a toothpick to test the cake to be sure it's done.
Place the cake in the pan on a rack.
Allow it to cool for 10 minutes before turning it out onto a platter.

                        Two-Egg Sponge Cake

Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan
Preheat oven to 325º F
Note: This cake batter is thin.

Place in medium bowl
1 Cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Blend together and set aside.

Heat but do not boil
1/2 Cup milk

In a mixing bowl beat thoroughly at medium speed
2 large eggs
Slowly add
3/4 cup sugar
Continue beating for another five minutes.
Gradually add
3 Tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Make 3 dry (the flour) and 2 liquid (the milk) additions to the egg mixture.
Mix lightly, only enough to blend well.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake 30 minutes.
Insert a toothpick to test the cake to be sure it's done.
Place the cake in the pan on a rack.
Allow it to cool for 10 minutes before turning it out onto a platter.


  1. Thanks for these great recipes, Marg. We are so lucky to be able to forge through this pandemic with only the occasional shortage of goods.

    1. You're very welcome, Doreen. Just got back from grocery shopping and was able to find everything on my list :)
      Stay safe and well!

  2. These sound lovely, Margaret. I was having a struggle getting raisins for several weeks. All they had was packages of 6 tiny boxes of raisins (maybe for lunchboxes?). Too expensive and too little to use for baking. Finally, a couple days ago a friend found 12-ounce canisters of organic raisins and picked up three for me.

    1. Hi, Jean!
      It's so strange to see what items are no longer easily available because of panic buyers. Yes, those boxes sound like lunchbox or Halloween treats. I'm glad your friend found enough raisins to share with you.
      I hope the recipes I gathered for these 'virus posts' help people to get through these difficult times a little more easily.
      Stay safe and well ~ Marg


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