Raisin Cake

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Raisin Cake

Barbara Holt/Sunset magazine Jan.08

Yield: 12 Servings


  • Cooking-oil spray
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into chunks
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 9- by 13-in. baking pan with cooking-oil spray and set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, bring raisins and 3 cups water to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a steady simmer and cook until very tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, add butter, and let sit until butter melts.

3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flours, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and salt. Set aside.

4. Stir raisin-butter mixture into flour mixture. Transfer batter to prepared pan and bake until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Serve cake warm or at room temperature.

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