Cinnamon and Raisin Cake Bars

    55 min

    I remember my mother making this cake all the time and now I make it as cake bars for my kids. It uses my favourite spices - cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. They also taste great with some lemon-cream cheese icing spread on top.

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    Makes: 24 cake bars

    • 950ml water
    • 300g raisins
    • 200g butter or cooking margarine
    • 500g plain flour
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 100g walnuts, chopped (optional)

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease a rectangular cake tin.
    2. Pour water into a saucepan and add raisins. Cook for 10 minutes over medium heat to plump up the dried fruit. Stir in the butter or margarine. Remove from heat and let mixture cool.
    3. Combine flour, sugar, salt, bicarbonate of soda, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, ground allspice and salt. Add flour mixture to the cooled raisin mixture and blend well. Stir in the beaten eggs. Add the chopped nuts (if using). Pour cake batter into the tin.
    4. Bake for 35 minutes. Cool in tin for a little while, then turn out and slice into squares or bars.

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    I didn't have all the ingredients so subbed sultanas and had to sub a little honey for some of the sugar. Didn't have cloves so added mixed spice. I generally added more spices, mixed nuts and seeds ground up a bit and some almond and vanilla essence. Was lovely, thank you for a great recipe.  -  13 Nov 2016


    I love this recipe! I used to find a Spanish Bar cake at my local grocer, then, of course, no more. Their's had a frosting, and I knew it had spice in it, so when I make it, I top it with another recipe I found at this sight called Allspice Cream Cheese Frosting, combine the two together, you have one great cake that even cake haters love! (my son Mike love's this cake, he's not a cake eater) lol  -  27 Aug 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    i made a half recipe as a birthday cake for my boyfriend, rounded off my spices & baked the cake in a 4"x8" loaf pan for 40 minutes because the spanish bar i grew up with was loaf (bar) shaped. i then trimmed away the bottom & side edges, cut the bar into 2 layers & iced it with the outstanding "allspice cream cheese frosting" from this website. the combination was a knock out! thanks for your recipe janice!  -  08 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)