Eggless, milkless, butterless cake

Moira Copland tried this slightly sad sounding cake for the Merrylee Allotments Centenary Celebration and had very happy results! One reviewer likened it to clooty dumpling.

  • 8 oz raisins or sultanas
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lard
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. 1. In a pan boil raisins or sultanas in 2 cups of water until plump then remove from heat.

  2. Add cold water, sugar, lard and stir together.

  3. Add next six ingredients and stir well, then add vanilla.

  4. Bake in greased and floured loaf tins for an hour at 350F or until a tester comes out clean.

Recipe Notes

Moira received the following reviews for this cake:

'Not fond of this :O('

'I like it!'

'Don't like it, sorry'

'Jolly nice and good picnic food (i.e. indestructible!'

'Very nice - reminded me of clooty dumpling'


'Liked it! Right portion size! Nice and moist!'

'Very moist and sweet. Very pleasant'

'Moist and fruity - great given the ingredients'

'Well done. Very fruity and nice to eat'


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