Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Old Fashioned Raisin Cake

There areen't a whole lot of raisin cake recipes, but there are vintage prune cake recipe so I altered one for raisins. It was really good. Even my mom who doesn't like cooked raisins loved it and took an extra piece to save for her morning coffee. The topping on this made a fantastic crunchy layer on the cake. The cake is worth making just for the top!

Raisin Spice Cake

1 lb raisins
2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 c. oil
1/4 c. applesauce
3 eggs

1/2 c. sugar
2 T flour
2 T butter

Cover the raisins with water in a saucepan. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Drain, reserving 2/3 c. of the liquid and discarding the rest. Add the liquid to the remaining cake ingredients and mix well. Add the raisins and stir until all dispersed. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Mix the topping ingredients together, cutting the butter in until crumbly. Sprinkle the topping onto the cake and bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes.

I got the recipe from one of my vintage red checkered cookbooks. The one on the left was my grandma's first cookbook when she was married. The other I picked up at a thrift store. I saw another at a thrift store for $3 yesterday. I didn't buy it, but I'm tempted to go back...

And if anyone knows how to make a cake like this chocolate baby and thinks they can teach me how to do it and have it turn out then please do!


Ann said...

My mother has the red checked cookbook on the right. She's had it for close to 50 years and still uses it at least 2 or more times a week.

Gina said...

The cake looks great. I have been wanting one of those cookbooks for a while. They are a classic. Thanks for stopping by my site!
-Gina (the other American Homemaker)

Stacey said...

My mom has one of those cook books. I remember looking through the pages as a little girl and seeing the page you have it opened to.

Sonya said...

Oh yum that looks really good! The fudge cupcake recipe next to it looks really good too! lol

Anonymous said...

Do you have a Fanny Farmer cookbook? It will tell you how to do a chocolate cake.

If I'm not mistaken the red checked Betty Crocker will too ...

I know it has a yellow cake recipe because I've made it.

Anyway, usually I just use a mix. And I use 2 to get it all high and pretty like that. :)

Woman Interrupted said...

Have you ever thought about teaching cooking/baking classes? I bet you'd be amazing at that!

The Garden of Egan said...

Yummy. I love the look of your grandma's cookbook when she first was married. I would display that! It's beautiful.

Frenzymom said...

That chocolate cake looks so good!! I'd go back and get the vintage cookbook. I think they are so fun and its cool to see how some recipes get lost or changed over time.

Stephanie said...

I love old-fashioned recipes! Especially desserts. This looks so yummy.

Anonymous said...

oh so mouth watering just looking at it!
maybe i should get you to put this recipe on my new site? ;)