Lunch Box Chocolate Cake

This recipe is a Betty Crocker sheet, the type that came with flour or other items, and usually included a coupon at the bottom (where it says Cut Here). Sometimes the coupons were for silverware, dishes, or other home items. The recipe follows the “new” method for success that was devised somewhere mid 19th century, … Continue reading

Lemon Cream Cake (Mrs Marin)

Here is an example of a cake that is actually a pie. The delineation of cakes and pies really solidified in the 19th century, as prior to that cake, pie and pudding were all somewhat interchangeable. Remember the Boston Cream Pie that is baked in cake pans, the Fig Pudding that is boiled and resembles … Continue reading

Walnut Cake

What is the difference between regular flour and cake flour? I looked at a couple different websites that say basically the same thing: cake flour is finely milled, low protein, bleached flour made from winter wheat that results in a light, close crumb cake (meaning it doesn’t have big air pockets in the bake). It … Continue reading

Date & Nut Cake

The recipe for Philly Frosting would work nicely on the top of this cake. It seems like it could be dry or not have a lot of flavoring because it is literally dates & nuts together. Often you see cinnamon or other spices in a date cake. This is going to be a white cake … Continue reading

Philly Frosting

I make a frosting similar to this but with more cream cheese and no milk. This would be nice on any of the spice cakes you make this holiday season. when making frosting with powdered sugar, I recommend adding the sugar a little at a time to prevent the billowing of the fine particles, or … Continue reading

Devils Food Cake

Devils food is usually a moist and delicious chocolate cake. This recipe follows the “new” method espoused in the 1950s for sifting dry, then adding wet ingredients. I have several other devils food cake recipes posted on the site. You can find them by searching, or just browse the “cake” category, although that would probably … Continue reading

Butterscotch Wafers

Today’s recipe for Butterscotch Wafers reminds me how much of cooking is chemistry. Why, you ask? Well, this recipe calls for cream of tartar. Many recipes that use egg whites also call for cream of tartar, but many of us don’t know why. It’s just something about making the egg whites rise nicely, right? So … Continue reading