Recipe: Depression Era Cake

|March 2, 2011|read comments (0)
Author: Mama's Kitchen

Times were tough during the Great Depression, foods were rationed, scarce or just unable to get. Families did what they had to do to survive. This recipe calls for just one egg – when eggs were hard to come by.


Preheat oven to moderate temperature (350* F. by today's standards) Grease 8 or 9-inch square baking pan; set aside.

In large bowl, combine and sift:
2 cups sifted cake flour**
2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder**
1 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup soft lard (substitute shortening)
Splash of vanilla (1 teaspoon)
2/3 cup sweet milk (whole milk)

Beat well (in those days it was by hand most of the time – anyone remember the old Betty Crocker recipes – beat 300 strokes?)

Additional 1/3 cup milk
1 large egg
Continue to beat until smooth.

Pour into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 30 – 35 minutes or until cake tests done.

In small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup orange juice, 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind and 1 cup confectioners'** sugar. Place over low heat, stirring until smooth.

When cake is done baking, poke holes in cake and pour warm glaze over top.
Cool to serve.


**You can make it homemade and save money.

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