1857 Cake Recipes

From Home and Circle- January, 1857

Gold Cake- Stir to cream half a cup of butter with two of sugar; add the yolks of six eggs well beaten, and, if you like, the whole of another . then add half a cup of sweet milk, with half a teaspoonful of soda in it. With the flour put in a teaspoonful of cream of tartar. This should be as stiff as cupcake. A teaspoonful of cloves, one of cinnamon, and half a nutmeg, with raisins or currants, or both, is considered by some an improvement.

Measure Cake- One cup of butter, two of sugar, three eggs, half a teaspoonful of soda in a cup of milk, one teaspoonful of cream of tartar, and five cups of flour. Stir the butter and sugar to a cream, add the eggs, the whites and yolks beaten separately, then the soda and milk, and lastly the cream of tartar and flour. Flavor as you please. Bake in small tins or in a loaf.

Silver Cake- Stir to a cream one cup of butter with two of sugar; add the whites of six eggs beaten to a stiff froth, one cup of milk with half a teaspoonful of soda dissolved in it, and flour so as to make it as stiff as poundcake. With the flour stir in one teaspoonful of cream of tartar. flavor as you please with lemon, nutmeg, or rose-water.

1 Comment on 1857 Cake Recipes

  1. Mary
    May 26, 2019 at 6:46 am (2 months ago)

    Half a nutmeg, and that amount of cloves?! Wow, that is one REALLY highly flavoured cake! Also, it would be quite fluffy, what with the number of egg whites.
    Do you ever try these sorts of things out? There are at least two people who post stuff like this on YouTube. Townsend’s, and also there is a lady who does Victorian recipes. Both are in period appropriate costume, and have the utensils of that era as well.


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