Authentic Grandma’s Brandy Butter Sauce Cake

Nov 26, 2016
central NC

(Photo courtesy of Taste of Home)
You might want to consider leaving Santa a piece of grandma's cake instead of cookies this year. Ho ho ho!

Grandma’s Brandy Butter Sauce Cake

Ingredients for Cake:
2 cups sugar
2 cups raisins
2 cups water
1 cup butter, cubed
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon each ground nutmeg and cloves
1 cup chopped pecans

Ingredients for Brandy Butter Sauce:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup butter, cubed
1 cup sugar
4 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/4 cup brandy


In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, raisins, water and butter. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook, uncovered, until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Add raisin mixture; beat until blended. Fold in pecans.

Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° until cake springs back when lightly touched, 45-55 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

For sauce, in a large saucepan, bring cream to a boil; stir in butter and sugar until smooth. Reduce heat; stir a small amount of hot liquid into egg yolks. Return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Cook until sauce is slightly thickened and coats the back of a spoon (do not boil). Remove from the heat; stir in brandy. Serve warm with cake.

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