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Mabel Sledge Hicks...Mom's Memorable Boiled Spice Cake

    1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine
    2 cups granulated sugar (or a
           combination of granulated sugar
           and brown sugar )
    2 cups raisins
    2 cups water
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon ground cloves
    1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 cups sifted flour
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    Chopped nuts (optional)

In a large sauce pan place butter (or margarine), sugar, raisins, water, spices and salt. Stir and bring
to boil, then boil for 1 minute. Let cool for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine flour and baking soda.
Beat into the boiled mixture and add nuts if desired. Grease and flour a 9" X 13" cake pan (or used a
Bundt or round cake pans if desired), bake at 350-degrees F for 20-25 minutes (35-45 minutes for
Bundt cake). For Bundt cake, cool 10 minutes in pan, then invert onto wire rack and cool completely.
After cooling, ice with a butter icing, top with Cool Whip®, fruit, nuts, or dust with powdered sugar.

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