You gotta try this delicious raisin cake recipe from the 80s

Amazin' Raisin Cake recipe (1985)

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This raisin cake recipe appeared in national magazines for many years during the 80s, and this particular “amazin‘” version comes to you direct from 1983.

The ingredients include mayonnaise, which may sound strange (unless you’re already onto the delicious surprise that is mayonnaise cake), but actually works in context — you’d never know it was there, except for the cake’s moist crumb.

Vintage 80s Amazin' Raisin Cake recipe (1985)

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Amazin' Raisin cake

Amazin' Raisin cake

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

This delicious cake appeared in national magazines for many years during the 80s, and comes to you direct from 1985!


  • 3 cups unsifted flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup Best Foods real mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 cups chopped peeled apples
  • 1 cup seedless raisins
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts


  1. Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round baking pans.
  2. In a large bowl with mixer at low speed beat first 10 ingredients 2 minutes, scraping bowl frequently, or beat vigorously 300 strokes by hand. (Batter will be very thick.)
  3. With a spoon, stir in apples, raisins and nuts.
  4. Spoon batter into pans.
  5. Bake in 350 (F) oven 45 minutes or until tester inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool in pans 10 minutes.
  7. Remove; cool.
  8. Fill and frost with 2 cups whipped cream.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 353Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 324mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 2gSugar: 33gProtein: 4g

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