Drumgoyne War Cake

Moira Copland made a War Cake for the Merrylee Allotments open day, celebrating the centenary of the site. Overall reviews were very good!

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins or sultanas
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 cup water
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  1. Combine all ingredients except the baking soda and flour. 

  2. Place in a pot and boil for 3 minutes then leave to cool. 

  3. Dissolve baking soda in hot water or milk then add to the mixture along with the flour. 

  4. Bake in a moderate oven for 1 hour.

Recipe Notes

Moira received the following reviews for this cake:

'I love this!! Great texture and flavour'

'Fab with a cuppa'

'Recipe, please!'

'Just how a "cake" should be'

'Lovely balance of sweetness and texture'

'In comparison to eggless and milkless, etc. this is a flop, dull and dry'

'It's all right for me but my mum and dad loved it'

'Good taste - texture too'


'Really nice - a bit dry at the top of my piece'

Image: Female bakers preparing the pastry for cakes, pies etc. at the Hammersmith Baths, turned into a public food kitchen. © IWM (Q 54563)