Raisin Cake, Spicy Syrup

Note: These recipes use NZ measurements. 1 c = 1 cup = 250 ml. 1 T = 1 tablespoon = 15 ml. 1 D = 2 teaspoons. 1 t = 1 teaspoon = 5ml. If you're in America, you may find you need a little extra baking powder in recipes that use it.

2oz (50g) butter
8oz (225g) castor sugar
2 eggs
1 t baking soda
125 ml water, cold
1lb 4oz (575g) flour
4oz (125g) golden syrup
8oz (225g) raisins
Pinch of cinnamon, ground cloves & nutmeg

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and mix well. Dissolve baking soda in cold water and add with remaining ingredients. Beat thoroughly for a few minutes. Turn into well greased cake tin and bake at 180C for 55 minutes.

Source: The Victorian Kitchen Book of Cakes and Cookies, page 27