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
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
100g walnuts, chopped (optional)
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:35min › Ready in:55min
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease a rectangular cake tin.
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.
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.
Bake for 35 minutes. Cool in tin for a little while, then turn out and slice into squares or bars.
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