This recipe is from Shirley McNevich's Mom's Best Recipes Vol 1. Published here with her permission.
Don't forget to check Shirley's blog.
(by Mary [Heimbach] Neidig - friend)
2 cups dark brown sugar (packed)
1 cup Parkay margarine
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup raisins (boiled for 5 minutes and drained)
In a mixer, combine margarine, brown sugar and eggs. Beat until smooth. Add baking soda, cloves and cinnamon. Add buttermilk, and then slowly add flour. Beat until smooth. Add raisins and stir by hand into batter. Pour in 9 x 13 x 2 greased long cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Test with a toothpick for doneness. Cool cake before using icing below:
1/2 box Domino's Powdered Sugar (1 lb. size)
1 stick Parkay margarine
2 tsp imitation vanilla
1.5 TBSP milk
Feed in mixer. The longer you beat it the creamier it gets. Use food coloring to make the color you desire.