Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Holiday Food Civil War - Idiot's Delight Cake

Food was scarce for the South, but they tried to celebrate Christmas and the Holidays.  Here is a frugal recipe used for party cakes in the South.


Idiot's Delight Cake

1 c. brown sugar
1 c. raisins
1 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
4 c. water
7 tbsp. butter
1/2 c. white sugar
2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 c. milk
1 c. flour

Boil together the first 5 ingredients. Make a batter of the second 5 ingredients. Drop the batter in a greased pan by spoonfuls. Pour first mixture over it and bake in a moderate oven until golden brown.  Source:

It was popular because it used only a few, inexpensive, easy to obtain ingredients and is fool-proof. Even an "idiot" can make it. 

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