1918 War Cake

Although not from the same year as our Rationing Challenge ration booklet, this cake can still be made within your rationing limits. This recipe produces a wonderful fruit loaf without using your egg or any milk. The cake can be enjoyed hot as a pudding, or cold with a light spreading of butter.


150g sugar

150g currants

150g raisins

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cloves

85g margarine

300g plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp baking powder



  1. Place the sugar, dried fruit, spices and margarine in a saucepan with 300 ml water
  2. Bring to the boil and then keep heating for 3 minutes. Put aside to cool.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 180’C and grease and line a 900g loaf tin
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder
  5. Sieve the flour mixture into the fruit mixture (once cooled) and stir well.
  6. Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour


The original recipe can be found here on the People’s Friend website.