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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Merry-Go-Round Cake

This recipe appears to have been carefully cut out of a magazine because it has graphics on the backside. However, it is on thick paper similar to what would be used for product packaging. Since this recipe calls for a specific brand name of baking powder, it was probably on the package of baking powder. There are a few hints that indicate this recipe is probably pre-1940s: 1) the paper is aged; 2) it calls for butter (most post-WWII recipes I've found used margarine instead of butter); and 3) the described baking pan is a "tin" or "iron spider" which seem like older terms. I looked up what an "iron spider" is and found that it is a cast iron skillet (I saw some with raised legs).

Ingredients for cake:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 cups pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons Royal Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients for frosting:
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar [powdered sugar]
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons hot milk or cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Additional decorations:
  • animal crackers
  • food coloring
  • pink candles

Instructions for cake:
  1. Cream butter
  2. Add sugar slowly and beaten egg
  3. Beat batter until very light and fluffy
  4. Sift flour and baking powder together and add a little at a time alternately with the milk
  5. Add flavor [vanilla extract]
  6. Put in small round greased tin or iron spider
  7. Bake in moderate oven at 350°F for about 45 minutes
  8. Turn out of pan and cool

Instructions for frosting and decorating:
  1. Add butter to hot milk (or cream) 
  2. Add slowly to sugar until the right consistency to spread
  3. Ice top and side of cake
  4. While icing is still soft, stand animal crackers, which have been decorated with daintily color icing, and pink candles alternately around the edge of cake
Makes a loaf about 8-inch in diameter

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