Pour boiling water over 1/2 cup raisins. Let sit about 10 minutes. Remove 2 Tablespoons of water then drain well.
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
2/3 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons raisin water
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon each: baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves and allspice
Stir until smooth.
Add 1 egg and mix well.
Fold in raisins.
Pour into greased 8 or 9" baking pan.
Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until top springs back when touched.