Quick Spice Cake

5 tablespoonfuls soft lard or drippings 1 1/3 cupfuls dark brown sugar 2 eggs

1/2 cupful cold water 1 cupful raisins

1 3/4 cupfuls of pastry flour

1/8 teaspoonful salt

3 teaspoonfuls baking powder

3/4 teaspoonful cinnamon

1/4 teaspoonful nutmeg

1/4 teaspoonful clove

Put all the ingredients together and beat thoroughly. Turn into a rather large cake pan, and bake forty-five minutes in a moderate oven. Cover with boiled or plain confectioner's icing.

Buttermilk Spice Cake

1/2 cupful butter or oleomargarine 1 cupful brown sugar 1/2 cupful buttermilk 1/2 teaspoonful soda 2 eggs

1 1/2 cupfuls pastry flour 1/8 teaspoonful salt 1/2 cupful chopped raisins 1/2 teaspoonful cinnamon 1/4 teaspoonful clove Few grains nutmeg

Cream the butter, add the sugar, gradually, then the eggs, well-beaten. Mix the flour, salt, spices, soda and raisins together and add alternately with the milk to the first mixture. Bake in a medium-sized pan in a moderate oven; frost with lemon or vinegar icing. This keeps moist for two weeks.

Marble Spice Cake

1 cupful sugar 6 tablespoonfuls butter or oleomargarine

3 eggs

1/2 cupful milk

1/2 teaspoonful vanilla 1 3/4 cupfuls pastry flour

1/8 teaspoonful salt 2 1/2 teaspoonfuls baking powder 3/4 teaspoonful ground clove 1/2 teaspoonful cinnamon 1 teaspoonful mace

Cream the butter and beat, in the flavoring, sugar and eggs, well-whipped. Mix together the flour, salt and baking powder and add alternately to the mixture with the milk. Take out one-half of the mixture and add the spices. Choose two brick-shaped pans or one large pan. Spread in a layer of plain dough, then a layer of the spiced mixture, continuing till all is used. Bake in a moderate oven.

Coffee Spice Cake

3 tablespoonfuls butter or oleomargarine 1/2 cupful sugar 1/2 cupful Barbadoes molasses 1/2 cupful cold coffee 1 egg 1/2 teaspoonful soda

1/8 teaspoonful salt

3/4 teaspoonful cinnamon

1/2 teaspoonful cloves

1/2 teaspoonful allspice

1/2 cupful currants

2 1/4 cupfuls pastry flour

1/2 cupful raisins

Cream the butter, add the sugar gradually, then the eggs, well-beaten, and the molasses. Mix the flour with the salt, spices and soda, and add the fruit. Add the mixture alternately with the coffee. Bake in a long pan, and frost with coffee, or boiled caramel icing, or in layers and put together with coffee whipped cream. Add more flour, if it seems necessary.