As I write this review this recipe has a misleading average rating of 3-stars – two reviews, both in 2005. Well, it’s now five years later and I’m hoping to change that. I used vegetable oil rather than the melted Crisco and, to make sure this appealed to everyone, I omitted the raisins. I strictly followed the remaining instructions and ingredients for the batter except for one thing - don’t beat the batter at med-high speed unless you want splattered batter all over the place! And beating it five minutes isn’t necessary. Just mix it at a reasonable speed until blended. This cake is simply roll your eyes, curl your toes delicious! I didn’t use the frosting recipe only because I was using a pan where I wanted to show the definition of its design, so I made a glaze of 1/3 c. each of butter and brown sugar, about 1 T. of corn syrup for shine and a dribble of half-and-half. I let that come to a boil, boiled for two minutes, then stirred in a capful of vanilla. I brushed it all over the warm cake. I know this cake would be good just as written, just subbing butter for the Crisco called for in the frosting. But this glaze I used may just have stepped this up to another level of “D” good. (A little rum or rum extract would have been good in that glaze too – or maple syrup) Whether it’s with the frosting called for or my ad libbed glaze, you won’t regret making this cake. This recipe has been needlessly ignored for too long.
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As I write this review this recipe has a misleading average rating of 3-stars – two reviews,...