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Boiled Spice Cake

When I was “on the road” with Jess and Kalea right after Retreat, we were at my mom’s for my birthday. She knows my favorite cake is spice cake with raisins and caramel frosting and she made it for me. Thanks Mom! It is an old recipe she dug out of the recipe box but it is THE BEST!

Boiled Spice Cake

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups raisin
  • 1 cup shortening (like Crisco)
  • 1 tsp. salt

Place in a 2 quart pan and bring to a rolling boil. Cool.

Mix these dry ingredients together in a separate bowl:

  • 2 tsp. cloves
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 3 cups flour

Add dry ingredients to cooled ingredients. Add chopped nuts if desired. Pour into a 9″ x 13″ pan and bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. If cupcakes are made, this recipe makes about 28. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes.


  • 2 C brown sugar
  • 4 Tbls milk
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder or 1/8 tsp cream of tarter

Boil sugar, cream and butter until it forms a soft ball in cold water. Remove from heat, add salt, vanilla and baking powder/cream of tater. Beat until creamy and spreading consistency. Add a few drops of milk if it hardens too fast.

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