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Can you really make a tasty cake from vegetables?

Put yourself in the shoes (or the taste-buds!) of families in the Second World War. Rationing meant that foods such as eggs, butter and meat were often in short supply. Ingenuity and inventiveness were needed to satisfy a family’s sweet tooth. Get together to try this Eggless Jam Sponge recipe, hot from the IWM archives.

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Part of the Family Mission series created during the UK lockdown in Spring 2020

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Cakes Made From Carrots

Join IWM expert Ngaire as she tells real life stories of how people satisfied their sweet tooth despite rationing in the Second World War.


Women and men queuing outside Wood Green in 1945
Second World War

What You Need To Know About Rationing In The Second World War

In January 1940, the British government introduced food rationing. The scheme was designed to ensure fair shares for all at a time of national shortage.

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On the Home Front - Part One

Join IWM expert Ngaire as she helps us discover the extraordinary stories of the people who rose to the challenge of life on the Second World War Home Front.


Family Mission has been created with the generous support of Old Possum's Practical Trust