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Poor Man's Cake Recipe (No Eggs or Butter)

Sara Garska
A vintage recipe from the 1930s, when certain ingredients were scarce. Poor Man's Cake is made without eggs or butter, but it's subtly sweet flavor brightened with walnuts and raisins makes it a real treat!
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 351 kcal


  • Saucepan
  • mixing bowl
  • bundt cake pan


Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup seedless raisins
  • 1 cup lard
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups cold water

Dry Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp soda
  • 1/2 cup black walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a saucepan, combine the raisins, lard, sugar, and water. Bring to a gentle boil and simmer for five minutes.
    cooking lard, raisins, and water in saucepan
  • Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, allspice, nutmeg, baking soda, and walnuts.
    flour and walnuts in mixing bowl
  • Add the wet ingredients and stir until completely combined.
  • Grease a Bundt-type pan with cooking spray and add the batter.
    poor mans cake batter in bundt pan
  • Bake for approximately one hour and check to see if it is done. Do not over bake.
  • Optional: Frost with a simple glaze made from confectioners’ sugar and milk.


Calories: 351kcalCarbohydrates: 75gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 181mgFiber: 2gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 154IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 2mg
Keyword bundt cake, cake
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