This cake doesn't need frosting or icing. It is easy for kids to make, and is hard to mess up.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Boil raisins in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

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  • Add vegetable oil and cold water to the raisins.

  • Mix sugar, flour, spices, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

  • Add the raisin mixture, and stir till just mixed.

  • Pour into a greased and floured 9 x 13 inch baking pan, and bake for one hour in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven. It is done if a toothpick comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

436.3 calories; 5.1 g protein; 84.6 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 205.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (34)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2003
This cake was really good. It is good in the morning with coffee. I made mine in a bundt pan and it turned out great. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/07/2003
My co-worker baked it and brought to office. It tasted GREAT. I tried myself but used a smaller cake pan for thicker cake. It took a longer time to bake and turned out like rock and raisins at top are burnt and bitter. So be sure to follow the recipe and use correct size pan. I'll try again. Read More
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37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2003
This cake was really good. It is good in the morning with coffee. I made mine in a bundt pan and it turned out great. Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2003
This cake was really good. It is good in the morning with coffee. I made mine in a bundt pan and it turned out great. Read More
(25)
Rating: 3 stars
05/07/2003
My co-worker baked it and brought to office. It tasted GREAT. I tried myself but used a smaller cake pan for thicker cake. It took a longer time to bake and turned out like rock and raisins at top are burnt and bitter. So be sure to follow the recipe and use correct size pan. I'll try again. Read More
(20)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2006
I was looking for something different to make my dad for fathers day. We always make him oatmeal raisin cookies and he always complains that there aren't enough raisins (even when there are so many the cookies barely stay together!) I joked that I finally found a way to extract the essence of raisin (the boiling really does this!) and bake it throughout the cake. Boiling the raisins also makes sure the cake stays nice and moist. I substituted 1/4 of spiced rum for 1/4 of water in the baking and it turned out delicious. Great recipe if you love raisins! Read More
(19)
Rating: 3 stars
02/22/2010
It is a very light butterless eggless milkless cake but it does need improvment. Next time I will reduce sugar (half of it would be OK) and double the spices. I will also use a bigger baking pan. My cake was too thick and moist even after an hour baking. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2002
thank you so much for this recipe. my grandmother used to make it and we thought when she passed away that the recipe was gone also that was 27 yrs ago so you can imagine how much we missed it.....thank you!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2003
Very good cake and easy to make. I made this one night while making dinner. I was concerned that there are no eggs (thought it was a mistake) and the batter was really thick (I had to spread it in the pan not pour). But I went ahead and the cake turned out just fine. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2004
I was looking for something to bake without having to make a trip to the grocery store and found this recipe. I too had never boiled raisins and was a bit skeptical. However this cake turned out wonderful! It was thick moist and oh-so delicious! I don't understand how anyone could go wrong with this cake. I know that another reviewer had problems but trust me it's not with the recipe. You can't go wrong! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2011
Good but it tasted more like a spice bread than a cake. However given how easy it was to make and how few ingredients it required I'd say it was a big success. I made two layers spread a layer of grape jam in between and then iced it with cream cheese frosting. All in all it was a success. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2006
I know I have a winner when my picky 7 year old is not talking but eating instead. I wasn't surprised when my not so picky 2 year old was munching away. My co-workers raved also. The only thing I canged was I bakend it in a bundt pan and added a glaze when it was cooled for presentation. I will make this cake again!! Read More
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