Boiled Cake

This was one of my Grandma’s favorite holiday cakes. It brings a look of surprise to peoples eyes when you just mention the name. Candied fruit may be substituted for Raisins and Walnuts

Boiled Cake


  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts


1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease and flour one 9 x 13 inch baking pan.

2 Combine water, sugar, shortening, salt, cocoa, raisins, and spices in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, and continue to boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and nuts.

3 Combine flour and baking soda. Stir into boiled mixture, and thoroughly mix. Pour into prepared pan, and spread evenly.

4 Bake for 50 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool.


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