Old-Fashioned Raisin Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling


12 servings

Updated: Sep. 22, 2022
This is a wonderful cake for the holidays. It fills the house with a heavenly aroma when it's baking.


  • 1 large navel orange, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice


  1. In a food processor, combine the orange, raisins and pecans. Cover and process until mixture is finely chopped; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Stir in orange mixture.
  3. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. flouted tube pan. Bake at 325° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients until smooth; drizzle over warm cake.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 324 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 307mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.