A Collection Of Old-Fashioned Cake Recipes

IN THE KITCHEN

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Recently I came across a cookbook devoted to taking commercial cake mixes, adding assorted ingredients and special touches and coming out with a show piece.

In our hurried times, making a cake from scratch is special enough. And with evenings turning cool, now is a great time for cake baking. Here are a few Depression era recipes for homemade cakes.

Moravian Cake

2 cups sugar

2 cups raisins

2 cups water

2 tablespoons butter, margarine or shortening

1 tablespoon molasses

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon nutmeg

3 cups flour

Combine sugar, raisins, water and butter, boil for 5 minutes and cool. Once mixture is cool, mix in molasses. Sift together soda, allspice, nutmeg and flour, add to liquid mixture. Mix well and bake in an 8-inch square pan at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Applesauce Cake

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup applesauce

2 1/4 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup chopped walnuts

Cream shortening and brown sugar together. Add applesauce and mix. Sift dry ingredients and then gradually beat into sugar mixture. Add walnuts. Bake in a loaf pan for 1 hour at 325 degrees.

Soft Ginger Cake

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup molasses

1/2 cup butter

2 teaspoons soda

1 cup boiling water

2-1/2 cups flour

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

2 eggs, beaten

Combine sugar and molasses, then add butter and mix well. Dissolve soda in boiling water and add to sweet mix. Sift flour with spices and add to molasses mixture and beat. Add eggs last. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes in suitable pan. Serve with whipped cream.

Sour Milk Spice Cake

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon soda

1 cup sour milk or buttermilk

2 cups flour, sifted

1 (heaping) teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream shortening and sugar, add egg. Dissolve soda in sour milk or buttermilk. Combine dry ingredients, then add to creamed mix alternately with liquid. Bake in appropriate pan at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm, frosted with recipe below or whipped cream

Frosting

1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup cream

Combine and boil to soft ball stage. Cool slightly then beat to spreading consistency. If it gets too hard, add a few drops more cream. Spread on warm spice cake.

Dutch Apple Cake

2 cups flour, sifted

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 cup butter

1 egg

1 (scant) cup milk

4 or 5 apples, cored, peeled and sliced

2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon mixture

Mix flour, salt and baking powder, then cut in butter. Beat egg and milk together, then add to other mix. Dough should be soft enough to spread a half-inch thick in shallow pan. Lay apple slices on dough and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes and serve with butter or lemon sauce.

Apple Cake

3 eggs, beaten to a lemon color

1-3/4 cups sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour, sifted

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup vegetable oil

2 apples, cored, sliced, but unpeeled

1/3 cup nuts

Add sugar and vanilla to beaten eggs, mix, then add remaining ingredients. Mix well and bake in appropriate pan at 350 degrees for an hour or until done. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Never-Fail White Cake

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup butter

1 cup milk

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

whites of 4 eggs

Cream sugar and butter together, then add milk, flour, baking powder and vanilla. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into other mixture. Prepare appropriate pan, greasing and flouring. Bake at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Chocolate Cake

2/3 cup shortening

1 3/4 cups sugar

1 1/4 cups milk

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 3/4 cups flour

2/3 cup powdered baking chocolate

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

Mix shortening and sugar, add milk and baking soda. Sift together remaining ingredients and add to sugar mix, combine. Add eggs and mix well. Bake in appropriate pan at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Soft Chocolate Frosting

6 ounces baking chocolate

3 egg yolks

1 1/4 cups sugar

3/4 cups milk

1 1/2 tablespoons butter or margarine

pinch of salt

1+ teaspoon vanilla

Melt chocolate in double boiler and set aside. Beat egg yolks in a heavy saucepan until very thick, add sugar and beat until smooth, then add milk and butter and stir well.

Cook over very low heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir in chocolate, then add salt and vanilla and combine. Beat until of spreading consistency. It will stay soft.

Pumpkin Cake

1 cup pumpkin

1 to 2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 cup oil

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 cup chopped nuts

Combine all ingredients, except nuts. When batter is completed, stir in nuts. Bake in 13x9-inch pan for 25 minutes at 325 degrees.

Cream Cheese Frosting

3 ounces cream cheese

6 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups powdered sugar

Combine into spreading consistency and frost cake.

Oatmeal Cake

1 cup oatmeal

1 1/2 cups boiling water

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 1/3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine boiling water and oatmeal and set aside for 20 minutes. Cream shortening, sugars and eggs. Add oatmeal and remaining ingredients and mix well. Bake in 13x9-inch pan for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Frosting

6 tablespoons butter, melted

1/4 cup milk

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup coconut

1/2 cup nuts

Combine ingredients, spread over baked cake and broil until bubbly

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