A not too sweet cake packed with raisins. Perfect with coffee or tea and a wonderful departure from the typically sweet holiday goodies.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 10 x 10 inch baking pan.

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  • In a large saucepan boil the raising with the water for 10 minutes. Add the butter or margarine and let cool.

  • In the same pan add the flour, soda, salt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chopped nuts (optional), mix well and pour batter into a lightly greased 10x10 inch baking pan

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 minutes. Serves 8 to 12.

Nutrition Facts

149.7 calories; 1.9 g protein; 20.8 g carbohydrates; 10.2 mg cholesterol; 129.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (48)

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Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2007
The nutmeg and cinnamon combination was awesome! It smelled so good! But my cake was a flop; it looked good on the outside but was starchy in the inside... gave the appearance of play dough... too much water? The measurements and temperature were right and I even left the cake in the oven longer... but... Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/30/2009
Didn't like this at all! Read More
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55 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 40
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2007
The nutmeg and cinnamon combination was awesome! It smelled so good! But my cake was a flop; it looked good on the outside but was starchy in the inside... gave the appearance of play dough... too much water? The measurements and temperature were right and I even left the cake in the oven longer... but... Read More
(47)
Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2007
The nutmeg and cinnamon combination was awesome! It smelled so good! But my cake was a flop; it looked good on the outside but was starchy in the inside... gave the appearance of play dough... too much water? The measurements and temperature were right and I even left the cake in the oven longer... but... Read More
(47)
Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2005
Very good! I used whole wheat flour and it turned out great! I will probably leave out 1/4c sugar next time as it is sweeter than I thought- but very delicious. Thank-you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2008
I have tried so many recipes on this site but this is my first review coz I am truly impressed at how such an easy and simplified recipe could taste so good and still be foolproof. It turned out light moist and even better than some of the best fruit cakes I've tried. At first I was worried when I saw there were no eggs nor baking powder in the recipe and was wondering how the cake could possibly rise but it turned out just fine. My husband and kids loved it. I would reduce the sugar to 3/4 cup the next time I bake it only because we like cakes less sweet...but this recipe on its own is really PERFECT! Absolutely for keeps! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2005
This was delicious. I also used whole wheat flour to make it more healthy. It tastes very much like honey cake but without the honey. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2007
This is very close to my family recipe. Try substituting buttermilk for your liquid instead of the raisin water. Also we do frost the cake with a Caramel frosting. For the frosting melt 1/4 c butter in a saucepan on med-low heat. Stir in 1/2 c packed brown sugar and bring to a good boil. Add 2T milk and return to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1 c powdered sugar sifted. Whisk till smooth and pour over the top of the cake. This will set up nicely yet still be soft. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/13/2009
This recipe was rather dry when I mixed it so I added three eggs and it has turned out very well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2008
This cake is so easy and quick to make and every loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2007
i love this cake it's so moist and very easy to make.i didn't have any nuts but it turned out nice without them. will make again thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2010
Excellent recipe! I did reduce the sugar to 3/4 cup and used pecans instead of walnuts just a personal preference and it was wonderful. I dressed it up for company with a scoop of vanillan ice cream and a warm Brown Sugar Sauce (recipe also from this site) Will put this on my list of favorites! Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/30/2009
Didn't like this at all! Read More
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