WWI Trench Cake

Bake an authentic WWI Trench Cake for Christmas

Still looking for an original idea for a dessert these holidays? Well, why don’t you try to bake an authentic World War I trench cake? The recipe for this traditional cake has been released by the Government. 

Recipe WWI Trench Cake


  • 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
  • Nutmeg
  • Grated lemon rind
  • Ginger


  • 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.

If this recipe is still not something for you, try one of these cake recipes (ex. Spitfire Cake) from the NZ War Economy Recipe Book (1943) or find puddings (ex. Airforce Pudding or Churchill Pudding), biscuits (Tripoli Biscuits or Montgomery Biscuits) and specials.