Monday, April 26, 2010

Old Fashioned Cream Cake

A week or 2 ago, I came across this page in one of my 1950s vintage cookbooks. What it says is "C as in Cake....and in chocolate, coconut, cheese and cherry. A child's delight, and adult's dream, a dieter's secret vice. If a wife makes a good cake, she's a good wife; if a mother makes a good cake, she's a great mother. Little else is needed."
Well, if that's true, this super-simple, flavorful cake will make everyone even more certain you're a good wife or great mother. It came from the New York Times Heritage Cookbook I just bought. (What? You thought I wouldn't start cooking from it immediately?) The recipe claims to be from Massachusetts, although my dearly beloved says neither his Gram
my nor his mother ever made anything like it. As for me, I wonder what's not to love about a cake with only 5 ingredients!

OLD FASHIONED CREAM CAKE

4 eggs
1-1/2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups self rising flour

1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 400F. Beat the eggs and sugar until light, then beat in the vanilla. Add the flour and cream alternately. Beat until smooth, then turn into a 9" tube or Bundt pan. Bake at 400F for 15 minutes, then turn the oven down to 300F without opening the door, and bake another 30 minutes. Frost with Vanilla cream frosting (1/3 cup cream, whipped somewhat, 1 pound confectioner's sugar, 2 tsp vanilla extract beaten until smooth).

If you don't have self rising flour (and I never do), use 1-3/4 cups flour, 1 tsp salt, and 2-1/2 tsp baking powder instead. It works wonderfully.

10 comments:

Jan Mader said...

YUM and double YUM!!!!

Pam said...

Oh Marjie - this cake looks so delicious!

gemma said...

You are the best for sure! How do you know all these baking things?? I am always in awe here.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I have a few old books from way back. One even before my time dated 1937!! it is quite amazing how many good recipes there are in some of them. This one of yours looks excellent. Diane

Mickle in NZ said...

Four eggs and a whole cup of heavy cream? No wonder our female ancesters wore corsets, closely followed by girdles!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Isn't this fun! I love old cookbooks.

Channon said...

Giggle... love the reading material. A cake is all it takes, eh?

The Blonde Duck said...

Yum!

Paula said...

Oh dear, so, um, what do we call the wife who rarely bakes? No ... don't tell me. :-) So is it one more dense like pound cake? I love pound cake. Your cream cake looks lovely. How can it not be? Eggs? Sugar? Cream? Total YUM!

Nichole said...

I'm hungry now...... lol