Cinnamon and Raisin Cake Bars

Cinnamon and Raisin Cake Bars


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About this recipe: 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.


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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