Vintage Homemade Cakes recipe

Homemade cakes have been enjoyed at home for centuries, and many of the recipes have not fundamentally changed over the years. For those who want to try some really traditional recipes for homemade cakes, here are some from a cookbook authored by Doctor Price in 1921.

The recipes use the “Dr Price” brand of baking powder but I believe that regular baking powder (sodium bicarbonate plus cream of tartar) should work just as well.

WARNING! As with many of these old cake recipes very little information is given about temperatures or tin (pan) sizes so you need to use your experience, or best guess. If you’re new to baking homemade cakes it may be better to follow the menu link to Easy Cakes until you have more experience. see also : A Rich Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe For A Special Treat

Enjoy experimenting with these classic recipes!

PLAIN CAKE

1/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or other flavoring
2 cups flour
3 teaspoons Dr. Price’s Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

Cream shortening; add sugar slowly; add well-beaten egg and flavoring; sift together flour, baking powder and salt and add to mixture, a little at a time, alternately with milk. Bake in greased loaf, layer or patty pans in moderate oven. May also be used for cottage pudding served hot with hard or soft sauce.

If baked in layers a middle layer of chocolate can be made by adding 1 oz. melted unsweetened chocolate to one-third of the batter.

SPANISH CAKE

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1-3/4 cups flour
3 teaspoons Dr. Price’s Baking Powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup milk

Cream shortening; add sugar and yolks of eggs; beat well; sift together flour, baking powder and cinnamon and add alternately with milk; fold in beaten whites of eggs. Bake in greased pan in moderate oven 35 to 40 minutes

BRIDE’S CAKE

1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk
3-1/2 cups flour
3 teaspoons Dr Price’s Baking Powder
Whites of six eggs

Beat shortening to a cream, adding sugar gradually; add flavoring and beat until smooth. Add alternately a little at a time milk and flour which has been sifted three times with baking powder. Beat whites of eggs until dry, and add to batter, folding in very lightly without beating. Bake in large greased loaf pan in moderate oven about one hour. see also : Homemade Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe

EGGLESS, MILKLESS, BUTTERLESS CAKE

1 cup brown sugar
1-1/4 cups water
1 cup seeded raisins
2 ounces citron, cut fine
1/3 cup shortening
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
5 teaspoons Dr. Price’s Baking Powder

Boil sugar, water, fruit, shortening, spices and salt together in saucepan 3 minutes; when cool, add flour and baking powder which have been sifted together; mix well. Bake in greased loaf pan in moderate oven about 45 minutes.

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