1942 Wartime Christmas Cake

Christmas is almost here and nows the time to make the traditional Christmas Cake. Christmas in 1942 was very different from present times.as the recipe below demonstrates. So put your headscarf on and pop down to International  Stores and join the queue to get the ingredients for this festive cake. Don’t forget your coupon book!

On this day in 1942: In violation of a 1940 armistice, Germany invades Vichy France, following French Admiral François Darlan’s agreement to an armistice with the Allies in North Africa.


  • 10oz wholewheat flour
  • 2oz seedless raisins or sultanas
  • 4oz chopped seeded raisins or dates
  • 4 oz cooking fat
  • 4 oz sugar
  • 2 large tablespoons black treacle
  • teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (level
  • cup milk
  • teaspoon almond essence
  • teaspoon ground ginger


Rub fat into flour, add all dry ingredients except soda, and mix well. Dissolve soda in milk, add treacle to dry ingredients, and then milk and soda and almond essence, and beat all together very thoroughly. Line a baking tin with greased paper, place mixture in and cook in very slow oven for 2-½ hours.