Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Karen Shinto
Total Time
1 Hour
Yield
Makes 12 servings

This raisin cake has humble, homey appeal—it's the kind of cake you want to eat for breakfast or as an after-school snack on a rainy day.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 3

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

Step 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.

Step 5

 

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