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Mama's Spice Cake

 Mama's Spice Cake
Whenever I get a craving for a tasty old-fashioned treat, I make this cake. Great cooks in my family have been baking it for generations, and their families have been enjoying the wonderful spice flavor and rich frosting. -Nancy Duty, Jacksonville, Florida
12-16 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup raisins, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Additional chopped pecans, optional

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine the first eight ingredients; cook and
  • stir over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the

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Mama's Spice Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • heat; cool.
  • In a large bowl, beat egg yolks; gradually stir in spice mixture.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda; gradually add
  • to spice mixture until blended. Stir in pecans. In a small bowl,
  • beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into the batter.
  • Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at
  • 325° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
  • center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until
  • fluffy. Add vanilla and salt. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar
  • until smooth. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides
  • of cake. Garnish with pecans if desired. Store in the refrigerator.
  • Yield: 12-16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 482 calories, 22 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 99 mg cholesterol, 353 mg sodium, 69 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.