Spiced Raisin Cake

    1 hour 5 min

    This fruit cake contains no eggs, butter or milk, but don't this put you off from trying it out. It's moist, warmly spiced and incredibly fruity.

    14 people made this

    Makes: 2 20x10cm loaves

    • 450g dark brown soft sugar
    • 475ml hot water
    • 30g bacon drippings
    • 290g raisins
    • 375g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. In a medium saucepan combine the dark brown soft sugar, hot water, bacon drippings and raisins, over medium heat. Bring to the boil for 5 minutes, then set aside to cool.
    2. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease and flour two 20x10cm loaf tins.
    3. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and cloves. Add the ingredients from the saucepan and mix until well blended. Divide evenly between the two prepared tins.
    4. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool in tins for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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    Grandma taught me how to make this cake from a very young age, she wanted me to appreciate how treats don't have to be over the top or need special ingredients. She used oleo (margerine) instead of bacon grease and she also added a teaspoon of nutmeg. Whenever I make this, I feel like I'm in the kitchen with Grandma all over again. This makes great muffins.  -  09 Oct 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My family makes this with shortening and bakes it in a bundt style pan. Then we serve it with caramel icing. My mom still makes it for my birthdays. Thanks for sharing.  -  19 Sep 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My Mother made this for years. She called it "Poor man's fruitcake". Thank you for posting this and letting me carry on a family tradition at Christmas.  -  21 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)