Texas Christmas Cake

  • Yield 16 servings

This cake needs to stand for 1 day before serving.


1 pound golden raisins
1 cup whiskey
2 cups (4 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups sugar
6 -- egg yolks
4 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 pound pecans, chopped
6 -- egg whites
-- Whiskey


  1. Soak the raisins in 1 cup whiskey in a bowl.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the raisin mixture. Mix the flour, baking powder and pecans in a bowl. Fold into the butter mixture.
  3. Beat the egg whites in a mixing bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold into the batter until no white streaks remain. Pour into a well-greased tube pan.
  4. Bake at 300 degrees for 2 1/2 hours or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cook in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Dampen a piece of cheesecloth with additional whisky and wrap around the cake. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 1 day before slicing.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Mississippi University for Women Alumnae Association, Southern Grace, Recipes and Remembrances from The W, (Mississippi University for Women Alumnae Association, 2004)