Spanish Spice Cake

    1 hour

    This is a beautifully chewy cake filled with raisins and chopped walnuts. It's great for afternoon tea.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 4 cups (1 litre) water
    • 2 cups raisins
    • 250g margarine
    • 4 cups (500g) plain flour
    • 2 cups (400g) white sugar
    • 2 teaspoons bicarb soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 cup chopped walnuts

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease one 13x23cm cake tin.
    2. Cook raisins and water for 10 minutes over medium heat. Stir in the margarine. Remove from heat and let mixture cool.
    3. Combine flour, sugar, salt, bicarb soda, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, ground allspice and salt. Add flour mixture to the cooled raisin mixture and blend well. Stir in the beaten eggs. Add the chopped nuts (if desired). Pour batter into prepared pan.
    4. Bake for 35 minutes.

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    I love this recipe! I used to find a Spanish Bar cake at my local grocer, then, of course, no more. Their's had a frosting, and I knew it had spice in it, so when I make it, I top it with another recipe I found at this sight called Allspice Cream Cheese Frosting, combine the two together, you have one great cake that even cake haters love! (my son Mike love's this cake, he's not a cake eater) lol  -  27 Aug 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    i made a half recipe as a birthday cake for my boyfriend, rounded off my spices & baked the cake in a 4"x8" loaf pan for 40 minutes because the spanish bar i grew up with was loaf (bar) shaped. i then trimmed away the bottom & side edges, cut the bar into 2 layers & iced it with the outstanding "allspice cream cheese frosting" from this website. the combination was a knock out! thanks for your recipe janice!  -  08 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    A great cake -- and easy to make I WAS HAPPY TO FIND THIS OLD RECIPE AGAIN  -  23 Aug 2000  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)