Activities for Kids - Bake A WW1 Trench Cake
Updated: Aug 8
The recipe for this World War One Trench Cake shows how truly inventive people had become in the name of morale-lifting home-baked treats. It was designed with a specific purpose – to be sent by post to the soldiers fighting in the trenches.
Instead of fats, like butter, they used dried fruits - this helped keep the cake moist for a long time which was perfect for the long journey to the front line. The recipe included very little flour (a rationed item) – this helped to keep it small and dense, ideal for fitting in a parcel to post to the trenches. And finally, you won’t find any eggs in this recipe - they substituted vinegar in for this luxury item to help the cake rise.
Why not make a World War One Trench Cake for yourself? Check out the original recipe and instructions below:
World War One Trench Cake Recipe
1/2 lb flour (about 2 cups)
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
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
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.
Yes, pretty vague instructions, we know. But don’t panic! We’ve found a much clearer, modernised version that might help you out. Check it out at World War 1 in the Vale.
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