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Trench Cake!

To start off our exciting topic of World Wars, we made a Trench Cake. 

During the First World War people in Britain would make a fruit cake and send it off to their loved ones in the trenches. Because some ingredients were hard to come by at that time they used alternatives. 




1/2lb flour

4 oz margarine

1 teaspoon vinegar

1/4 pint of milk

3 oz brown sugar

3 oz cleaned currants

2 teaspoons cocoa

1/2 teaspoon baking soda



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.

Recipe is copied from the Daily Telelgraph (link: