Depends on how big you cut the pieces
1Boil 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.
2Cream sugar and shortening together in a large bowl.
3Add remaining dry ingredients, mix well.
4Add raisins and water, put remaining ½ cup water in pan to rinse and also put into batter. Mix well.
5Pour 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.
6Cool. Frost if desired. My sister and I like it with butter cream frosting.