Civil War recipe ~ Idiots Delight

04 Jun
Civil War recipe ~ Idiots Delight

I know, I know!  That’s not a picture of a cake.  But, there is more than one Idiot’s Delight.  So thought I’d dazzle you with both.  This picture is of an MGM movie called Idiots Delight starring Clark Gable and Norma Shearer in 1939.  Now I know you’re thinking that isn’t even close to the civil war era, but hey……. made ya look! 😛

Alright, here’s the real Idiots Delight.  It’s made from commodities easily obtained by the soldiers.  It’s sinfully sweet and well fattening. It’s easier to make than your bed, and takes about as much time to prep this as it does to brush your teeth.  And the sweetest part of it all, even your kids can do it.

Picture courtesy of Historic Camden County

Idiots Delight:


  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Raisins
  • 1 tbls. Butter
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 4 cups Water


  • 7 tbls. Butter
  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Flour

Boil together the first five ingredients.
Make a batter of the next five ingredients.
Drop the batter by spoonfuls into a greased baking dish.  Pour filling over the top.
Bake in 350°F until golden brown.

Helpful Hints:

For the most part this is a VERY vague recipe.  But in it’s simplest form, I have to say it is one of the easiest to make.  Enjoy! 😀


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