War Cake

wartubecakeWe all look to sweets when we’re stressed. A common motif on television depicts a dumped girlfriend with a spoon and a carton of ice cream. How many crying children have been bribed with a cookie? In World War II the G.I.’s gave children on the streets chocolate bars. And during World War II my mother baked cakes after cakes with apple sauce, raisins and walnuts. I helped wrap them up into packages along with warm socks for my uncles fighting in Europe. But in World War I the United States didn’t enter the conflict until the last year of the war. The people had to rely on what they had. Their crops included wheat, beets, and grapes and so they made cakes from flour, raw sugar, and raisins. It was called “war cake” and it was a real treat to those afflicted by the war. I found the recipe in the newspaper one day and was delighted to also find it in my mother-in-law’s recipe collection. You can find it in “Lexi and Marie Curie Saving Lives in World War I” in the pawscript. Available now. Meg

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