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This is the best cake you'll ever eat.

Ingredients

4 cups water
2 cups raisins
2 cups sugar
1-1/2 cubes butter or margarine
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 eggs
4 cups flour, sifted
2 tablespoons cocoa
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Walnuts, optional
Icing:
Powdered sugar
Cocoa
Vanilla
Small amount of milk
Cashews

Instructions

Boil raisins in 4 cups water until only 2 cups of water remains. Cool in refrigerator. Blend together sugar, margarine, baking soda and eggs. Alternate raisin water and flour into sugar and egg mixture and blend. When smooth, add raisins and walnuts. Grease and flour baking pan or baking dish with margarine and flour. This is a double recipe. Cut in half for single recipe. Use 11x14-inch pan for double recipe or 9x11-inch pan for single recipe. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until table knife comes out clean when inserted into the middle of cake. Combine ingredients for icing and spread on cake. Sprinkle with cashews.

Leon Fichman
East Moline



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