Raisin cake

Raisin cake is a type of cake that is prepared using raisins as a main ingredient. Additional ingredients are sometimes used, such as chocolate and rum. Raisin cake dates back to at least the time of the reign of David, circa 1010–970 BCE. Boiled raisin cake is prepared by boiling various ingredients and then baking the mix in an oven. It dates back to at least the time of the American Civil War (1861–1865).

Raisin cake
Raisin cake in Miltenberg, Germany
Serving temperatureCold or warmed
Main ingredientsRaisin and cake batter
Similar dishesFruitcake


Raisin pound cake

Raisin cake is typically prepared using standard cake ingredients and raisins as a primary ingredient. Whole or chopped raisins can be used.[1] Additional various ingredients are also sometimes used, such as rum, chocolate, and others.[2][3][4] The use of rum can serve to plump-up the raisins via the added moisture,[3] and the raisins can be marinated in rum before the cake is prepared.[5] Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and pumpkin spice are sometimes used.[6][7]


It is stated in chapter 6:19 in the second Book of Samuel[8] that cake (identified as "raisin cake" in Hosea 3:1) was distributed by David,[9][10][11] who reigned as the second king of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah c.1010–970 BCE. This raisin cake consisted of "a mass of dried grapes".[12][13]

Some recipes in the United States circa the early 1900s utilized lard as an ingredient, which could be used instead of butter.[1]

Boiled raisin cake

Boiled raisin cake is a type of raisin cake whereby various ingredients are first boiled, after which the batter is placed in cake pans then baked.[6][14] It is sometimes prepared with the omission of some standard cake ingredients, such as butter, eggs or milk.[15] Boiled raisin cake may have a moist consistency.[16] The cake dates back to the time of the American Civil War (1861–1865), when it was prepared in frontier areas using the Dutch oven.[17] Basic versions during this time were typically prepared using only raisins, sugar and a fat, such as vegetable shortening or lard.[17] Boiled raisin cake has been referred to as a type of war cake.[17][18]

See also


  1. Briggs, E. (1915). The Bride's Cook Book. California Bride's Cook Book Pub. Co. p. 131. ISBN 978-1-4290-1259-1. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  2. Byrn, A. (2009). The Cake Mix Doctor Returns!: With 160 All-New Recipes. Workman Publishing Company. p. 255. ISBN 978-0-7611-5948-3. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  3. Case, G.; Fisher, K. (2006). One Cake, One Hundred Desserts. HarperCollins. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-06-076535-4. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  4. Heatter, M.; Silverton, N. (2011). Maida Heatter's Cakes. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 212. ISBN 978-1-4494-0114-6. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  5. "Rum-raisin cake". Al-Ahram Weekly. December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  6. Horman, H.B. (2002). A Century of Mormon Cookery. Horizon. p. 176. ISBN 978-0-88290-724-6. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  7. Dalsass, D. (1999). The New Good Cake Book. W. W. Norton, Incorporated. p. 95. ISBN 978-0-393-31882-1. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  8. Moughtin-Mumby, S. (2008). Sexual and Marital Metaphors in Hosea, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel. Oxford Theological Monographs. OUP Oxford. p. 233. ISBN 978-0-19-152883-5. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  9. Alter, R. (2009). The David Story: A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel. W. W. Norton. p. 290. ISBN 978-0-393-07025-5. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  10. Berlin, A.; Brettler, M.Z. (2014). The Jewish Study Bible: Second Edition. Oxford University Press. p. pt1329. ISBN 978-0-19-939387-9. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  11. "The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. December 1, 2016. p. 37. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  12. An Old Testament Commentary for English Readers: Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Company. 1883. p. 284. Quote: "A flagon of wine."—Rather, a raisin-cake—i.e., a mass of dried grapes (Hosea iii. 1); Isa. xvi 7, "raisin-cakes of Kir-hareseth".
  13. Chiffolo, A.F.; Hesse, R.W. (2006). Cooking with the Bible: Biblical Food, Feasts, and Lore. Greenwood Press. p. 92. ISBN 978-0-313-33410-8. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  14. Williams, Recipe from Kathy (March 17, 2014). "Recipe: Boiled Raisin Cake". The Mercury News. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  15. Rawlings, M. (2000). Favorite Utah Pioneer Recipes. Horizon Publishers. p. 79. ISBN 978-0-88290-684-3. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  16. Myhre, H.; Vold, M. (2001). Farm Recipes and Food Secrets from the Norske Nook. University of Wisconsin Press. p. 172. ISBN 978-0-299-17234-3. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  17. Byrn, A. (2016). American Cake: From Colonial Gingerbread to Classic Layer, the Stories and Recipes Behind More Than 125 of Our Best-Loved Cakes. Rodale. p. 138. ISBN 978-1-62336-544-8. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  18. Rizzo, D.; Forrest, J. (2014). A Brief History of Orillia: Ontario's Sunshine City. Brief History. Arcadia Publishing Incorporated. p. 113. ISBN 978-1-62584-557-3. Retrieved December 18, 2016.

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