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Raisin-Filled Torte

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


12 servings

Updated: Jan. 19, 2022

MY MOTHER used this recipe many times, and it was my favorite. She's gone now, but her memory lingers each time I bake this cake. The layers are different flavors, and combined they're deliciously unique. Every time I serve it, I have to send my guests home with the recipe! -Jo Peapples, Brooksville, Florida


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1-1/2 cups raisins
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 5 to 6 teaspoons whole milk


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  2. Pour half of the batter into another bowl. Add vanilla to one bowl; add the syrup, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the second bowl. Pour each batter into a greased and floured 9-in. round baking pan.
  3. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; gradually stir in water until smooth. Add raisins. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice, butter and zest. Cool.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk the sugar, butter and lemon zest. Add milk until icing reaches desired consistency. Place the spice cake layer on a serving platter; spread with filling. Top with vanilla cake layer; drizzle with icing.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 392 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 249mg sodium, 71g carbohydrate (48g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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