Boil raisins and water until there is one cup of juice
remaining. Remove from heat and cool.
oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine flour,
baking soda, and spices. In mixer bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat
in eggs. Stir in vanilla.
raisins and reserve juice. Add raisins to the creamed
mixture. Add flour mixture and stir to combine. Add
reserved raisin juice (1 cup) last.
batter in a greased 11 by 7 inch oblong or 9 inch square
pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until top of cake springs
back when touched lightly. Cool.
Melt butter. Add brown sugar. Stir over low heat for
2 minutes. Add milk and stir until it comes to a boil.
from heat and add icing sugar. Beat until creamy. Stir
in vanilla. Spread over top of cooled cake.