Favourite Recipe: Boiled Raisin Cake with Caramel Icing

This is a tried and true old fashioned recipe that my Mom used to make all the time. I love the fact that it’s moist, but even that hasn’t stopped me from doubling the caramel icing from time to time….because as you learned here……I love icing 🙂

I asked my Mom for this recipe so long ago that I can’t even remember how long I’ve had it…..she wrote it from memory and put it on a sheet of paper for me:

Written in my Mom's handwriting...something very simple that I used to take for granted--now treasured

Written in my Mom’s handwriting…something very simple that I used to take for granted–is now treasured


    1/2 cup butter
    1 cup brown sugar
    2 large eggs
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tblsp water
    1-1/2 cups flour
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 tsp allspice
    1/4 tsp ground cloves
    1 cup raisins (I used Sultana)
    1 cup boiling water


    1 cup brown sugar
    2 tblsp butter
    3 tblsp cream or canned milk
    1/2 tsp vanilla

Making the Cake:

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. In a medium sized bowl-cream butter & sugar. Add eggs & mix well.

3. Dissolve baking soda in the tablespoon of water, and stir into the
sugar mixture.

4. Add flour & spices, mix well.

5. Cook raisins in boiling water until they are all plump. Add raisins and water to flour mixture while it’s still
hot. Mix well.

Boiling raisins



very thick mixture

6. Bake in 9×9 parchment paper lined pan for 25-30 minutes. Cool.




Making the Frosting:

7. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan EXCEPT the vanilla. Bring to a puffy boil, remove from heat & cool.


8. Beat until creamy and add vanilla.

9. Frost the cooled cake.


Truth be told, I feel closest to my Mom when I am baking…..memories can’t help but flood in and I both chuckle & sniffle. She’s been gone almost 4 years, but I still have the memories that rush forward when I’m in “the zone”. Baking for me is very relaxing and my time to reflect on what’s going on around me…….Miss you Mom–and thank you for this gift 🙂

Oh, and now I call Cindy when I can’t remember how to make something like you used to haha….


ENJOY this dense and delicious cake!! 🙂

(Cindy is my Sister)

About The Inspired Nester

Travel gives me inspiration, yet home needs to be a sanctuary. Live in what you love ♥
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1 Response to Favourite Recipe: Boiled Raisin Cake with Caramel Icing

  1. cgessner2013 says:

    I don’t remember this cake and will have to try it now. I made potato salad today from mom’s recipe which I called her for millions of times before committing it to memory. PS. I made a pie a couple months back and then cinnamon sugared the left over dough.Ah memories. I love the recipes you post they look so good..

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