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5 from 5 votes

Old Fashioned Raisin Cake

This delicious classic is always a winner
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: bread
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: Raisin Cake
Servings: 6 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 1/3 cup butter or 5 1/3 tablespoons
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)


  • Bring butter, sugar, raisins, spices, salt and water to a medium boil for 3 minutes on top of the stove. Remove from stove and let cool. Stir in vanilla extract. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and baking powder in a large bowl. Pour in cooled ingredients and mix until ingredients are all wet. Stir in eggs and fold in nuts.
  • Spray a 9 x 5 loaf pan with cooking spray and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 50 to 55 minutes until center tests done. Can add your favorite frosting or a glaze. I usually just sprinkle on some powdered sugar. Keeps well in an airtight container for several day. I don't refrigerate. Can be reheated in oven or microwave. Makes 1 loaf