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WWI Trench Cake

 For some reason, I decided to try my hand at making a WWI trench cake today. I mean, why not? That's a totally normal thing to bake. Everyone does it. All the time. 

Women would make these cakes for their men on the front. These cakes are made without eggs and can stay good for a long time. It was a special treat for the soldiers, bringing them a taste of home.

 As you can see, there is a trench within the trench cake. These things happen. 

Trench Cake (Via)


225g/8oz. plain flour
2 teaspoons cocoa
110g/4oz. margarine
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/4 pint of milk
75g/3oz. brown sugar
75g/3oz. cleaned currants
Grated lemon rind

Grease a cake tin. Rub margarine into the flour in a basin. Add the dry ingredients. Mix well. Add the soda dissolved in vinegar and milk. Beat well. Turn into the tin. Bake in a moderate oven for about two hours.

Mine was a bit different then the recipe. First, I forgot to dissolve the soda with the vinegar/milk. Oops. Also, I didn't have any currants or lemon rind to add, and my cake only took a half hour to bake. And yet, it still tasted good! I'll have to re-try it when I have currants and lemon rinds on hand. 



  1. That looks so good! I love finding old recipes and making them, it really is such a connecting experience to history.
    I've had a "war cake" I think it's called, from the 1940s on my to- bake list for awhile, but I'll definitely have to try this one too!

    1. Ooh I want to try a 1940s cake soon. Historical baking is so fun! =) Thanks for commenting, Mary!

  2. The pictures of the ad though. :'-(

  3. That actually looks super yummy! I kinda want to make it now.

    1. It tasted a lot better then I thought it would! =)

  4. This is so cool! This makes me want to bake more often. I think it would taste amazing with the lemon. (-: I really liked the pictures too.

    1. Yes, I want to try it with the lemon. I think it would be really good! Thanks for commenting!

  5. As we speak I am baking a War Cake!! I'm going to try to do a Historical Desserts table for Christmas tomorrow. If I can come up with some vinegar, I'll have to make this!!
    Merry Christmas Eve!!!
    P.S I had to charge my google name to my nickname. Haha.

    1. Oh what a neat idea to have a historical dessert table! Merry Christmas! =)