For the fourth prompt for the Historical Food Fortnightly, “Sweets for the Sweet,” I used a very special recipe. “It’s sugar, and maybe spice, and definitely everything nice. Test out a historic recipe for sweets, sweetmeats and candies – but don’t let them spoil your appetite!”
The recipe that I chose to make for this challenge – “One-Egg Cake” – comes from one of my grandmother’s cookbooks,”The Household Searchlight Recipe Book that was published by the Household Magazine in 1940.
When I was over at her house one night last month she pulled out her collection of cookbooks and I had a fun evening looking through them with her. This one, she explained, belonged to her mother who bought it from a traveling salesman. My grandmother grew up learning to cook from this book and one of the recipes that she made most often was the “One-Egg Cake.” It was economical and tasted great.
So I snapped a few photos and went home to test it out!
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1/3 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons baking-powder
Cream shortening and sugar. Add unbeaten egg. Add flavoring. Beat thoroughly. Sift flour, measure, and sift with salt and baking-powder. Add alternately with milk to creamed shortening and sugar. Pour into well-oiled loaf pan. Bake in moderate oven (375° F.) 35 minutes.
The cake was super easy to make. It was a pretty thick batter which went nicely into the oven. I will say that baking it in a loaf pan did make it seem more like a quick bread than a cake so I did choose to serve it with some butter.
It was delicious! Thanks, grandma!
The Challenge: Sweets for the Sweet
The Recipe: One-Egg Cake from The Household Searchlight Recipe Book
The Date/Year and Region: 1940, American
How Did You Make It: Just mix the ingredients together and bake
Time to Complete: An hour or less
Total Cost: Everything form the cupboard. Less expensive for using only one egg!
How Successful Was It?: Quite.
How Accurate Is It?: Pretty high!