Brown Sugar Cake

These old typed recipe cards were not typed in purple ink. Over the years, the black ink has been damaged by the acids in the paper it was typed onto, and faded to this interesting eggplant purple color. You can tell it was typed on a manual typewriter (as if anything else existed for the … Continue reading

Golden Layer Cake

A lovely and simple recipe for a golden layer cake. Notice that all of the ingredients are white, except the eggs. The use of shortening in place of butter helps to preserve the lovely, pale color of the cake. If you used egg whites only, you could produce a lovely white cake. Where there is … Continue reading

Snowflake Cake

Here’s a clipping from a Betty Crocker leaflet – the type that were included with bags of flour. The leaflet generally included several recipes, baking tips, and usually a coupon for something like a piece of silverware. The “New Method” being referred to here is sift all the dry ingredients together, add your fat & … Continue reading

Walnut Torte

Another damaged page, and the pencil is fading and difficult to read. The walnut torte could be from Ukraine or Hungary, USA or Austria. They are typically layered, 3-6 layers, separated with whipped cream or flavored whipped cream (like mocha). The topping should be light and lovely, and depending on your preference can dribble over … Continue reading

Cherry Cake

This sounds like a lovely alternative if you like cherries but don’t want cherry pie (although why would you NOT want cherry pie????) This recipe calls for fresh cherries rather than maraschino cherries, and I imagine it won’t be as sweet as some cakes out there. To pit fresh cherries, you can use a cherry … Continue reading

Jelly Roll

Here’s another scan that has a bonus recipe. Jelly Roll seemed awfully short so I thought it included the information below it, which is in fact a recipe for a Graham Torte. A jelly roll is also known as a Swiss roll cake – the beautiful spiral rolled cakes that feature so prominently on the … Continue reading

Heavenly Food Cake

I have heard Angel Food Cake called the opposite of Devil’s Food Cake – one is light and airy, the other dark and rich – but I have never heard of Heavenly Food Cake. Google thinks this should be a recipe for Angel Cake, so I’m guessing this is a new one for most of … Continue reading