"MY MOTHER used this recipe many times, and it was my favorite. She's gone now, but her memory lingers each time I bake this cake. The layers are different flavors, and combined they're deliciously unique. Every time I serve it, I have to send my guests home with the recipe! -Jo Peapples, Brooksville, Florida"
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Ingredients45 m servings
Original recipe yields 12 servings
- In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Pour half of the batter into another bowl. Add vanilla to one bowl; add syrup, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the second bowl. Pour each batter into a greased and floured 9-in. round cake pan. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until cakes test done. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
- Combine sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan; stir in water until smooth. Add raisins. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice, butter and peel. Cool.
- In a small bowl, whisk sugar, butter and lemon peel. Add milk until icing reaches desired consistency. Place the spice cake layer on a serving platter; spread with filling. Top with vanilla cake layer and icing.
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