How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Lightly grease one 9 x 13 pan
  • Cook raisins and water for 10 minutes over medium heat.
  • Stir in theshortening.
  • Remove from heat and let mixture cool.
  • Combine flour, sugar,baking soda, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, groundallspice and salt.
  • Add flour mixture to the cooled raisin mixture andblend well.
  • Stir in the beaten eggs.
  • Add the chopped nuts (if desired).
  • Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for35 minutes, OR, until center springs back when lightly touched.
  • When cakeis cool, spread your favorite vanilla frosting on top.

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  • dymphna 8 years ago
    Thanks. This looks old-fashioned enough just in the way it's made to be the real thing. I am going to go with this except to add some molasses and ginger. It looks closer than the others I've researched. I mean, *cocoa*??
    Also, it has double the flour, less salt, so It's more 19th, early 20th century in composition.
    Will use organic lard. I'll bet the original used lard before it went out of fashion. Glad it came back.
    Since it is a bigger recipe, I'm going to divide it into smaller pans for use at different dinners. Hope that works!
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  • midgelet 8 years ago
    after internet research, and seeing some quotes from people who had relatives who actually worked there, the original recipe had no nuts, had lots of raisins and flavored with molasses . The recipe above is a popular adaptation as well as a second recipe found floating around the Net - but none are the exact original!
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    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    fantastic cake recipe thanks
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    " It was excellent "
    bluewaterandsand ate it and said...
    I sure remember them and they are fantastic!
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    " It was excellent "
    minitindel ate it and said...
    wow this is a different one i like it thanks
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  • baker1313 14 years ago
    Wow I do remember this cake! My grandmother would pick one up for me and my brothers every now and then when we were kids-now I could make it for mine-thanks for sharing and the memories!!
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  • gardener61 14 years ago
    This was my Dad's favorite and I haven't seen or heard about it in years. Will definately try . Thanks for sharing it!!
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  • angelgal 14 years ago
    Boy, does that bring back memories!! Loved those things!!!
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