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Mama's Spice Cake

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Ingredients

1-1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup water
1 cup raisins, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 eggs, separated
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup chopped pecans
FROSTING:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter or margarine softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups confectioners' sugar
Additional chopped pecans, optional

Instructions

In a saucepan, combine the first eight ingredients; slowly heat, stirring until butter melts. Remove from the heat; cool. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks lightly; gradually stir in spice mixture. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and pecans; stir into spice mixture. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into the batter. Pour into two greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 35-40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pans 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack; cool completely. For frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add vanilla and salt. Beat in sugar until smooth and fluffy. Frost cake. Garnish with chopped pecans if desired

Jane Scott
Erie



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