Recipe courtesy of Ann Raftery

Irish Raisin Cake

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  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 1 cake
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2 1/2 cups of buttermilk

2 cups of sugar

5 cups of flour

2 sticks of butter

5 eggs

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon allspice

2 teaspoons baking soda

Dash of salt

1 (16-ounce box) of brown raisins

1 (16-ounce) box of golden raisins

1/2 cup whiskey, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a Dutch Oven. Cream sugar and butter in large bowl. Add in eggs one at a time. Add seasonings. Mix baking soda into the buttermilk. Alternate adding flour, buttermilk and raisins into mix. Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours in covered Dutch Oven. Cake is finished when knife inserted into middle comes out clean.

Cook’s Note

Optional- pour 1/2 cup of whiskey over cake immediately after removing from oven. Cake is best when cut after a few days.