An old-fashioned dessert that was especially popular in the 1930s and is sometimes known as Depression Cake. Notice how low in fat this recipe is! Try it with a cream cheese frosting.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan.
In a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar, water, salt, shortening, raisins, and spices. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Sift together the flour and soda, add to the batter, and mix well. Pour into the pan.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until a tester inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan.