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Idiot's Delight Cake - Holiday Food Civil War


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.
This recipe was used during the hard times after the Civil War. It was popular because it used only a few, inexpensive, easy to obtain ingredients and is fool-proof. Even an idiot can make it. My kind of cookin'.

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  • 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


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Step 1

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.


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