Jack Horner prune cake (1958)

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Make a Jack Horner prune cake

You’ll be proud of this brand-new “one bowl” version of grandma’s homemade prune cake. So easy, you use uncooked prunes! And dependable Gold Medal flour — the “flower” of the wheat — helps keep it moist, makes it stay fresh longer!


Jack Horner cake recipe

A new Gold Medal “flower” by Betty Crocker


1 cup cut-up pitted, uncooked prunes
1 cup boiling water
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1 1/4 tsp. soda
1 tsp. each cinnamon, nutmeg,cloves
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped nuts
3 eggs


Pour boiling water over cut-up prunes. Let stand 2 hours. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift dry ingredients together. Add prune mixture and rest of other ingredients. Blend thoroughly. Beat 2 minutes on medium mixer speed on mixer or 300 strokes by hand. Pour into greased and floured jelly roll pan, 15-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 1. Bake about 35 minutes. Cool. Cut in half crosswise, cut one half into 2 rectanges. Fill and decorate center of top layer with lemon filling. Edge with whipped cream. Makes 8 slices.

Frost rest of cake with confectioners’ sugar icing. Sprinkle with nuts. Cut into 24 bars.

>> Also see: Is Little Jack Horner real? (1903)

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