No Depression Cake Recipe

click to rate
0 votes | 572 views
Servings: 1

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Makes 12 to 15 servings and lots of smiles!
  2. It was the depths of the Great Depression. Several families on our block were receiving baskets of food from the welfare people. The grownups kept talking about it - Depression. Hard times for everyone. But it was my birthday, and I was just a little girl. My mother said there was no money for a gift or possibly a cake. I sat forlornly on the front stoop and felt sorry for myself. Then Mama came out and sat beside me. "Remember, there is always hope. Come and see. I have a surprise inside for your birthday today!" I ran in to find inside was the most adorable kitten with huge blue eyes. I immediately fell in love with it and called it "Fluffy." Then I noticed a cake on the table with a candle on the top. "How did you do it Mama" I asked, my eyes all aglow. "The kitten came from nice Mrs. Jones down the street. She gave us the recipe for this No Depression Cake. When you bake it you cannot be sad! Mrs. Jones said we must think of what we have on hand, not what we do not have. We can always create something new and useful if we think positively. Which is why it is called the No Depression Cake!" Mama was right, I will never forget the happiness of which day. I took a piece of my birthday cake to Mrs. Jones to thank her. I remembered the No Depression Cake when my own babies were little and my husband's dry cleaning business failed. To help him, I began a tiny advertising business on foot, pushing our children ahead of me on a broken-down baby stroller in the rural town of Baldwin Park, California. Because there were no jobs, I asked the weekly newspaper to sell me space at a wholesale rate. Then I went out and resold the space in the form of a shopper's column to merchants. When the rocks in the road wore out my shoes, I cut cardboard and stuck it in carrying extra pcs in my purse. Soon I had the house payment covered. Then I spoke to service club luncheons to promote my advertising column. I had no car or possibly baby sitter, so I made a deal with my neighbor. I traded baby sitting for the use of her car. Another helping of No Depression Cake! All of the business I run today, world-wide, began with which No Depression system. As the children grew up we had many ups and downs. I especially remember one time when we had no money for groceries. I sat down with them and said,
  3. "Let's make a No Depression Cake! Let's see what we have on hand." My son said, "Mom, the avocado tree is full of fruit. I'll sell them today by the curb." "There aren't sufficient oranges on our tree to sell," my daughter said.
  4. "I'll pick them, keep some for us, and take a bag to our neighbor to see if they'll trade for some of their great tasting plums!" We all got busy. With the first avocado sales, I ran to the grocery store and bought day-old bread, a big bag of pinto beans, some brown sugar and powdered lowfat milk. Then I baked a No Depression Cake. We had a grand lunch, counting all of our blessings and thinking of all the good things we could do together. By the end of the afternoon, our son had sold many more of the avocados, and I had a big bowl of beans bubbling and baking in the oven. Then the phone rang.
  5. It was one of my advertisers asking me to come over and pick up a big ad and a check. Next time you're feeling low, trying counting the good things you have on hand. Do with what you have. Bake up a positive-thinking No Depression Cake! Here is the recipe. It is milkless, eggless and butterless. You can substitute other ingredients for any you do not have.
  6. The one thing this cake is full of, however, is memories of cheerfully creating with what is at hand and on hand - and never giving up hope.
  7. 1. Preheat oven to 350(F. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. In a large saucepan, combine sugars, water, shortening, raisins, spices and salt. Boil together 3 min; cold.
  8. 2. Sift together flour, baking pwdr and baking soda; add in to saucepan, along with nuts. Mix well and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 45 min.
  9. f
  10. 3. Remove from oven. Let cold for 10 min, then turn onto a cake plate. When thoroughly cold sprinkle with a little powdered sugar, or possibly mix lemon juice and grated lemon rind into powdered sugar for frosting.
  11. Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Diana von Welanetz Wentworth

Toolbox

Add the recipe to which day?
« Today - Jul 22 »
Today - Jul 22
July 23 - 29
Jul 30 - Aug 05
August 6 - 12
Please select a day
or Cancel
Loading... Adding to Planner

Languages

How good does this recipe look to you?
Click to rate it:
x

Link to Recipe

Embed Recipe 400px wide (preview)

Embed Recipe 300px wide (preview)

Advertisement
Advertisement

Leave a review or comment