You helped me one time before find a recipe by reaching out to your readers and I’m hoping you may be able to help me again.
My great-grandmother used to make a chocolate raisin layer cake that was a favorite of my grandfather and my aunt. She passed the recipe down to my grandmother who made it twice a year for their birthdays but she hasn’t made it since my grandfather passed 9 years ago and has since lost the recipe. My aunt’s birthday is the day before Thanksgiving and my mother and I would like to surprise her with this cake on Turkey Day. We’ve both Googled the recipe but haven’t found anything that comes close. This cake was dense and dark, possibly made with buttermilk (mom thinks she remembers it was in the recipe), loaded with raisins, and had an icing that was dark as well. And since it was my great-grandmother’s recipe, I’m assuming that it originated sometime around 1930 or before.
This cake wasn’t sweet as most (and really not one of MY favorites) but it was a Thanksgiving tradition when my aunt was home for the holidays. If you have any idea where we may be able to find this recipe, we would greatly appreciate it. Thanks so much for any help you can give!
This is a tough one. I did some searching, as well, and didn’t turn up anything that looked like the right recipe. It might be too late for Whitney to make this cake for Thanksgiving, but perhaps we can find the recipe for next year’s celebration.
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