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Canada's War Cake

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Alyssa loves sharing her family's favorite recipes with the world. She is a wife and a mom who enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee.

Canada's war cake

Canada's war cake

What's War Cake?

This is a treasured recipe in my husband's family. Canada's war cake is his grandpa's favorite! Every year, on his grandpa's birthday, his grandma would make this cake, and the entire family would get together for a homemade dinner and this treat!

For the past few years, I have been making it for grandpa's birthday. It is incredibly easy to make and very filling!


  • 1 package raisins, I use the 20 ounce container of sun maid California raisins
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 heaping tablespoons lard, I use Crisco Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. In a large saucepan, combine raisins, water, brown sugar, lard, salt, cinnamon, and cloves.
  2. Cook slowly over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want all of the ingredients to mix well together.
  3. Cool. This is a really important step. I pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl and let it sit until it is completely cooled. If I'm in a bit of a rush, I will put the bowl in the refrigerator for a short period of time. You can leave this sit overnight—for up to a day.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Add flour and baking soda to the mixture.
  6. Stir, mixing well.
  7. Pour mixture into a 9x9 baking pan.
  8. Bake for approximately 1 hour. The cake will be brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle should come out clean.

This cake pairs well with coffee and my husband's grandpa loves having vanilla ice cream or low-fat frozen yogurt with it.


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