Orange Slice and Raisin Cake

  • Yield: 12 to 14 servings


3 1/2cups all-purpose flour
1cup golden raisins or chopped dates
1 (10-ounce) package orange slices candy, chopped
2cups pecans, chopped
1cup butter, softened
2cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
1teaspoon baking soda
1/2cup buttermilk
1cup shredded coconut
1cup orange juice or pineapple juice
2cups confectioners' sugar


  1. Combine the flour, raisins, candy and pecans in a bowl and toss to coat.
  2. Beat the butter and granulated sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Mix the baking soda and buttermilk in a small bowl; beat into the egg mixture.  Stir in the flour mixture and coconut.  Spoon into a greased and floured 9×13-inch baking pan.
  3. Bake at 250F for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  4. Mix the orange juice and confectioners’ sugar in a bowl until smooth and pour evenly over the hot cake.  Let stand overnight before serving.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Five Forks:  Irresistibly Delicious Dishes (Kerr Vance Academy, Henderson, N.C., 2010).