Mamas Spice Cake
|Sugar||1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)|
|Butter||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Water||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Raisins||1 Cup (16 tbs), chopped|
|Ground cinnamon||1 Teaspoon|
|Ground allspice||1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Ground cloves||1⁄4 Teaspoon|
|Ground nutmeg||1⁄4 Teaspoon|
|Eggs||4 , separated|
|All purpose flour||3 Cup (48 tbs)|
|Baking powder||1 Tablespoon|
|Baking soda||1⁄4 Teaspoon|
|Pecans||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs), chopped|
|Cream cheese||1 , softened|
|Butter||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), softened|
|Vanilla extract||1 Teaspoon|
|Confectioner' s sugar||4 Cup (64 tbs) (confectioners)|
In a saucepan, combine the first eight ingredients; heat slowly, 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-in.round cake pans.
Bake at 325° 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.
Garnish with pecans if desired.
Store in the refrigerator.