Family Tested & Approved
Depends on how big you cut the pieces
Boil raisins (we have used Muscat Raisins, but they are no longer available. So, any large sticky raisins should be okay) in 1½ cups of the water for 7 minutes, set aside to cool to lukewarm.
Cream sugar and shortening together in a large bowl.
Add remaining dry ingredients, mix well.
Add raisins and water, put remaining ½ cup water in pan to rinse and also put into batter. Mix well.
Pour into a greased and floured pan (usually about a 9X13). Bake at 375º for about 45 minutes or until a straw or toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.
Cool. Frost if desired. My sister and I like it with butter cream frosting.