Dutch Boiled Spice Cake

Summary: Features California walnuts and raisins. This recipe was contributed by Maxwell Norton. This cake has been a family favorite of the Van Konynenburg and Norton families for many generations. The walnuts usually came from the family farm near Salida.


  • 1.5 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • .75 cup raisins


  1. Bring all ingredients to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Remove from heat and add 1 cup shortening or margarine. Cool.
  3. Sift 3 cups of flour with 2 tsp baking soda. Add to mix and stir till smooth.
  4. Pour into a 9 x 12 inch greased and floured pan.
  5. Sprinkle top generously with chopped walnuts. Bake 40 – 50 minutes at 350F.
  6. It is commonly served hot or warm.