Old Fashioned Prune Cake


1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup prune pulp or puree
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons hot water
1 cup chopped nuts, optional

Orange Frosting:
1 3/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon cream
1/4 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 1/3 cups sifted powdered sugar

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. Add prune pulp and beat well. Sift flour and spices twice and add to creamed mixture. Dissolve baking soda in hot water and add to mixture. Beat well. Add nuts, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees in a greased and floured 9-by-13-inch baking pan for 40 to 45minutes.

For frosting, combine 13/4 cups powdered sugar with butter, orange juice, cream and orange peel. Beat until smooth. Add 11/3 cups powdered sugar. Beat until spreading consistency is reached. Frost cooled cake. Serves 12.