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Old-Fashioned Boiled Raisin Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Old-Fashioned Boiled Raisin Cake is topped with a delicious homemade brown sugar frosting.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boiled raisin cake, boiled raisin spice cake
Servings: 16
Author: Barbara
Boiled Raisin Cake
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Brown Sugar Frosting
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
Boiled Raisin Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

  2. In a medium saucepan, mix together water, brown sugar, raisins, butter, and cocoa. Bring to a boil, and let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool. 

  3. In a separate bowl, mix together, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ground cloves.  

  4. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir until completely incorporated. 

  5. Pour into a 13x9 inch glass dish or cake pan that has been generously sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. 

  6. Bake for 35 minutes of until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake.

  7. While cooling, prepare the Brown Sugar Frosting.

Brown Sugar Frosting
  1. In a medium sized saucepan, mix brown sugar, butter and milk.  Heat until the sugar is dissolved, whisking constantly.  Remove from heat and let cool completely.

  2. Once the sugar mixture is cooled, pour sugar mixture into a mixer bowl.  Add powdered sugar and mix until a frosting is formed.  If a runnier texture is desired, add milk 1 T. at a time until desired consistency. 

  3. Frost the cake, and enjoy!