This cake is for those of you who have allergies. When my kids were small they developed an allergy against all dairy products, and then gradually outgrew them.
1 Combine the sugar, water, shortening, raisins, spices, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and stir while cooking for 3 minutes. Cool.
2 Measure flour, soda, and baking powder, and sift together.
3 Gradually stir dry ingredients into raisin mixture. Beat well. If an almond cake is desired, stir in almond extract and almonds. Pour batter into a greased 8 x 4 inch loaf pan.
4 Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for about 1 hour.