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Raisin Cake

A quick and easy delicious little cake that's sure to hit the spot!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Caribbean
Keyword: cake
Servings: 9 people
Calories: 333kcal


  • Hand or stand mixer
  • spatula
  • Bowls
  • 8 x 8 baking tin
  • measuring spoons
  • Mesuring cups


  • 1 cup raisins, seedless
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup butter (57 grams)
  • 1 cup sugar, granulated (200 grams)
  • 1 egg large
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or mixed essence
  • 1 1/2 cup flour all purpose
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg freshly ground is better

For the topping

  • 5 tbsp sugar, brown
  • 5 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp butter


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour your tin.
  • Pour boiling water over raisins and soda and set aside to soften.
  • Cream butter and sugar together until well combined. I find that mine looks like wet sand.
  • Add the egg and extract or essence and beat well.
  • Sift the dry ingredients together and add by portions to creamed mixture.
  • Pour raisins and water in all at once. DO NOT DRAIN THE WATER. Mix until well combined but do not overmix!
  • Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 40 to 45 minutes. I usually check at the 40 minute mark.
  • Prepare the topping by boiling together for 5 minutes, the brown sugar, cream and butter. While the cake is still warm, prick the top with a fork and drizzle the hot mixture over the top, making sure to spread evenly.