This recipe was part of a cookbook I made of my mothers recipes after she passed three years ago. I scanned over 400 of her recipe cards and self published the book so family could have it. The boiled cake recipe has been in our family for generations; my mother substituted shortening for the lard that previous generations used. I substituted butter for the shortening but made it with shortening for her memorial. It was eaten first, even though it was a dessert. Everyone there had memories of the aroma of the cake boiling in my mother's kitchen.
Put all ingredients on to boil until raisins are soft.
remove from stove and when lukewarm add 3 cups of white flour and 2 tsps. baking soda. Bake at 375 degrees until toothpick comes out clean. Walnuts may be added with the flour and soda if desired.