Costa Rican Raisin Cake

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

This cake is a specialty at Cafe Cartago, Commerce City, Colorado

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix cornstarch and coffee in saucepan until smooth.
  2. Add 1/2 cup sugar and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thickened.
  3. Add raisins and nuts and set aside while preparing batter.
  4. Beat butter until soft and fluffy.
  5. Add brown sugar and remaining white sugar and continue beating until thick and light in color.
  6. Add cream of tartar and baking soda together and add alternately with milk.
  7. Add vanilla and mix well.
  8. Pour 1/2 the batter into a buttered 8-inch square pan.
  9. Spread with raisin mixture and cover with remaining batter.
  10. Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 40 minutes or until knife comes out clean.
  11. Cool and turn out of pan and cut into nine squares.


Most Helpful

We enjoyed this raisin cake, will definitely make it again! Next time I will add some rum to the raisin/nut mixture, I know it will be delicious! My cake was done in 40 minutes, this is a nice easy recipe.

Elly in Canada August 10, 2008

This cake is absolutely delicious! I added the beaten egg to step number 5. I added the flour, cream of tartar and baking soda together in a bowl (Step 6). I added the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture alternating with the milk (Step 6). The result is a fabulous coffee cake that is moist with a sweet and nutty filler. The center of the cake was not done after 40 minutes so I covered the edges with foil and baked for an additional 10 minutes. When I bake this again I will cover the cake at about 25 minutes with foil and bake for an additional 25 minutes - then for another 5 minutes or so without the foil. Thanks Mercy.

NcMysteryShopper August 10, 2008

Warning! The recipe does not specify when to add the flour or eggs!! It was a flop for us!!

esqddh June 21, 2008

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