This is a recipe my grandmother made all the time. I didn't like raisins, so she always made half without. Was I spoiled, or what? Like many of her old recipes that I have found, she didn't have instructions, just ingredients. (she used a wood stove to cook until I was in junior high (1960s), so many of her recipes just said bake in a hot oven, etc.) I tend to write down ingredients but no directions myself! NOTE: See step #8 for directions on baking as an oblong cake.