Grandma's Touch Boiled Raisin Cake

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READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by redplaid huf

I love recipes that allow me to bake out of the cupboard at those times when the fridge is empty. This is a dense, moist cake that came out of the war years because it is eggless, milkless and could be butterless. It is great topped with Poor Man's Cooked Frosting. I have used other dried fruits to replace part of the raisins. Two years in a row I have brought this cake to a scrapbooking retreat and both times received requests for the recipe so I am posting it here. Prep time does not include cooling time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix sugar, butter, water, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes and then cool.
  2. Mix flour and baking soda and add to cool raisin mixture.
  3. Spread into greased and floured 9" square. Bake at 350 F for about 25 minutes. The top of the cake will bounce back when lightly tapped. Be careful, over cooking will dry it out.
  4. Dust with icing sugar or frost with "Poor Man's Frosting" or forget it. It is great just on it's own.

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