Boiled Raisin Cake

Easy to make Boiled Raisin Cake

Boiled Raisin Cake

A Recipe from my Grandma

When I was younger, we used to visit my grandparents on all the major holidays. My grandma would make various treats for us, some I liked more than others. When I was a child, I did not like this dessert. I thought having even one raisin in my dessert was gross.

I was searching through my recipe books a few weeks ago and found this recipe handwritten by my Grandma. My Grandma passed away a few years ago and I miss her a lot so it was such a nice treat to find her handwritten recipe.

Not only did I find this boiled raisin cake recipe once, but I found it a second time on a different piece of paper! Both were handwritten by my Grandma. I guess my parents really liked this recipe and asked for it twice over the years.

The Recipe as written by my Grandma

There are not a lot of ingredients involved in this dessert and the steps written down by my Grandma are even fewer. I think my Grandma figured my mom would know what do and be able to fill in the blanks.

Easy to make Boiled Raisin Cake

Recipe by HeidiCourse: Dessert
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Cooking time




  • 1 Cup of Raisins

  • 2 Cups of Water

  • 1/2 Cup of Unsalted Butter

  • 1 3/4 Cup of All-Purpose Flour

  • 1/4 Cup of Brown Sugar

  • 1/2 Cup of White Sugar

  • 1 Tsp. Baking Soda

  • 1 Tsp. Cinnamon

  • 1/2 Tsp. Nutmeg

  • 1/2 Tsp Salt


  • Preheat oven to 325 Degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease a 9 x 9 baking dish.
  • In a bowl sift together the flour, sugars, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  • Add the water and raisins to a sauce pan and boil for ten (10) minutes.
  • Take the pan off of the heat and add the butter. Stir until melted and let it cool for approximately 15 minutes.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the sauce pan with the raisins and liquids. Stir until incorporated.
  • Spread the mixture into the greased 9 x9 baking dish.
  • Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until the top is brown and a tooth pick inserted stays clean.

Would you like another easy-to-make dessert? Try these No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars.

Pictures of the Boiled Raisin Cake being made

Water and raisins in a small sauce pan

Add your raisins and water to a medium-sized sauce pan.

Raisins after 10 minutes of boiling

These are the raisins after 10 minutes of boiling. You still want liquid left as that is what is going to provide the moisture for the rest of your cake.

Add your butter and stir until melted. Let the mixture cool for approximately 15 minutes.

Sift your dry ingredients into a separate bowl and then add to your raisins and butter mixture. Stir just until you can’t see dry ingredients.

Boiled raisin cake ready to bake

Add your mixture to your greased pan and bake for 35 minutes.

Boiled raisin cake baked

Fresh from the oven. I realize that the pre-baked and after-baked trays are around the same colour but trust me, you will know when it’s done.

My grandma’s recipe card has a note that the recipe can be doubled or tripled. I may try to double it and use a 9 x 13 pan.

And finally, this recipe is labelled boiled raisin cake but to me, it’s more of a bar-type texture. Either way, it’s delicious and a quick dessert to make. Top it with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream or eat it plain at 11:00 pm when everyone else has gone to bed 😉.

What is your favorite childhood dessert? Leave a comment below, and if you make this recipe, I would love to see your results. Remember to tag me on Instagram @heidiswhatsburning.

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