Maui's Favorite Cake

Maui's Favorite CakeRecipe
Jean Allsopp
This family recipe won first prize in Maui's first county fair. The recipe was then given to Grandma Farden (Annie Shaw Farden) and has been a family favorite ever since.


Makes 1 (9-inch) cake

Recipe from

Coastal Living


1 cup water
1 1/2 cups raisins
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 cup chopped walnuts
Garnishes: chopped walnuts, chocolate-covered coffee beans, fresh flowers


Combine 1 cup water and raisins in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover, and simmer 10 minutes. Drain and reserve water, adding water to make 1/2 cup; cool.

Combine flour and next 4 ingredients in a bowl.

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg, beating just until combined. Add flour mixture alternately with reserved water beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat just until combined. Stir in raisins and walnuts. Spread batter into 2 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.

Bake at 375° for 15 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Run a knife around edge of pans; cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on a wire rack. Spread Egg Custard Filling over one cake layer; top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake with Mocha Frosting. If desired, place chopped nuts around sides of cake, and garnish with chocolate-covered coffee beans. If using flowers, place in florist's water picks, or wrap stems in foil. Cover and chill until serving. Store cake covered and chilled.