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Raisin-Filled Torte Recipe

Raisin-Filled Torte Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup 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 peel
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 5 to 6 teaspoons milk


  • 1. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Pour half of the batter into another bowl. Add vanilla to one bowl; add syrup, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the second bowl. Pour each batter into a greased and floured 9-in. round cake pan. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until cakes test done. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
  • 2. Combine sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan; stir in water until smooth. Add raisins. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice, butter and peel. Cool.
  • 3. In a small bowl, whisk sugar, butter and lemon peel. Add milk until icing reaches desired consistency. Place the spice cake layer on a serving platter; spread with filling. Top with vanilla cake layer and icing. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional 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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Reviewed Jan. 3, 2008

"This is an absolutely lovely and unique cake. I have made it several times and it never lasts more than a day with my family."

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