Spice Cake ~1905

Spice Cake Recipe.


This spice cake comes out something like a coffee cake. Not overly sweet and mild. Spice Cake No. 2 looks to be a bit spicier! The raisins are a nice touch. Big hit with The Daughter and The Son.


  • 3 cups gluten-free flour, sifted (regular flour if you’re so inclined)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups raisins/currants

Bake for 35 min. in a 350 degree oven.

Notes: Add more spice. 2 tsp. of cinnamon was hardly enough to make it taste like any spice at all. Consider doubling that amount and adding nutmeg and/or cloves.


Source: New England Cook Book, 1905.

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    1. It was really delicious – a little light on the spice was my only correction to the recipe. Paired nicely with my morning coffee. I took the stale leftovers, broke it up, and put it in the freezer for a bread pudding. That, I’m hoping, will be delicious! Hope all is well on your end ~

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