George Washington's mother is credited with creating this dark, moist cake. It's flavored with molasses, cream sherry, ginger and other spices. This recipe is from the America's Best Recipes Cookbook; that Andrea scooped up at work for me.
Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer till creamy; gradually add sugar, beat well. Add honey, molasses and sherry, beat well. Add eggs one at a time, beat well after each addition.
Combine flour and next 5 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternate with milk, beginning and ending with four mixture. Mix at low speed after each addition till blended. Stir in orange juice, rind and raisins. dissolve soda in warm water; add to batter, stir well. Pour batter into greased 13x9x2 pan. Bake 350 for 40-45 minutes till toothpick tested comes out clean. cool in pan on wire rack.