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Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins
My next door neighbors mother gave me this recipe. It was one of her mothers little cakes she often made to go along with tea or coffee. Very easy to make and very, very tasty.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place sugar, raisins, water, shortening, cinnamon, and cloves in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Boil for 5 minutes and remove from heat.
- Immediately add flour, baking soda, salt and stir in.
- Pour into a 8"x8" pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Prep time includes the boiling.
This is an amazing spice cake.Very moist with great flavor.
This is a delightfully old-fashioned recipe that will instantly transport you back to your grandmother's kitchen. The only thing that could truly improve this recipe would be a huge dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream. I made the recipe exactly as specified though I quailed a bit over the quantity of cloves, as I'm not a huge fan of cloves. I almost cut the measurement in half, but decided that if I was going to make and review it...I had better put in the full amount, which I did so hesitantly. The smell of the cloves was very strong while the raisin-water was simmering...but I'm glad I didn't decrease the amount. It mellowed out more than I thought it would, and blended well with the cinnamon. I also wasn't sure about tossing the flour into the boiling water, but then I remembered that you do the same basic thing when you make cream puffs. I sifted the flour before I stirred it in to make sure it didn't lump up. The recipe didn't say whether or not the pan should be greased, so I erred on the side of caution and used non-stick spray (just on the bottom of the pan). In the recipe itself, I used Butter-Flavor Crisco because that was what I had. It worked well. I would like to try this recipe a couple of more times (at least!!!) and fiddle with it a little bit (just because I'm one of those recipe tinkerers). I would like to try more cinnamon, and I would also like to try it with some apple chunks. Overall, I really enjoyed this recipe and not only is it in my 'Zaar cookbook...I'm putting it in the cookbook I'm passing on to my kids. I'm also going to be taking it to the neighbor's for Christmas dinner. Thanks for a great recipe, Chuck! ;)