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Random Recipe Monday – WWII cake November 10, 2008

Filed under: Baking,Hard Time Helpings,Nostalgic Homemaking,Vintage Recipes — LotusMama @ 4:25 pm

Veterans’ Day is tomorrow. Right now, the population of new veterans seems to be growing and the population of old veterans declining. No matter the war front, we are grateful for their service and I hope everyone can thank their veterans or remember the ones that are now gone.

In that spirit, I thought a recipe from the past might be interesting and for those who are lucky to still have WWII vets in their lives, perhaps a bit nostalgic. I found this recipe at recipecurio, which is a new site to me but one I’ll be checking out frequently – she has done a great job preserving older recipes.

This particular recipe was written in the time of rationing so you’ll notice the absence of butter or shortening. Not such a bad idea from a cholesterol standpoint anyway. I think the “milk” should be whole milk though. The cake recipe is called “spring beauty” but lemon flavor in November sounds fine by me.


1 cup sifted Swans Down Cake Flour
1 teaspoon Calumet Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
6 tablespoons hot milk.

Sift flour once, measure, add baking powder and salt, and sift together three times. Beat eggs with rotary egg beater until thick enough to stand up in soft peaks (5 to 7 minutes); add sugar gradually, beating constantly. Add lemon juice. Fold in flour, a small amount at a time. Add hot milk and stir quickly until thoroughly blended. Turn at once into ungreased tube pan and bake in moderate oven (350° F.) 35 minutes, or until done. Remove from oven and invert pan, 1 hour, or until cold. Remove from pan.


One Response to “Random Recipe Monday – WWII cake”

  1. Buck Says:

    I love hearing about recipes like this.

    The Shakers had a “sugar pie” for when the apple bins were empty; during the dead of winter when no other fruit was available.

    1/3 cup flour
    1 cup sugar
    2 cups cream
    1 tsp vanilla
    4 TBS butter

    Mix the flour and sugar together and place in a pie shell. Top with cream and vanilla. Dot with butter. Bake at 350 for 45-60 min.

    Wow. Sounds tasty.

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