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A lucky clover cake for St Patrick’s Day (1950)

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No luck needed to bake this deliciously vintage Lucky Clover Cake for St Patrick’s Day! This recipe from 1950 promised to be tall, dark and luscious.

Lucky Clover Cake recipe

Follow directions carefully, be sure to use Crisco, and we promise you a lighter, richer, moister, more tender cake. The Crisco Quick Method cake recipe is different – that’s why it’s easy and sure-fire!

All measurements level. Measure into bowl:

2 cups sifted cake flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
3 squares melted chocolate
1/2 cup Crisco

Mix thoroughly by hand or mixer (medium speed) for 2 minutes. Stir in:

1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/2 tsps baking soda

Add: 1/2 cup milk, 3 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix thoroughly by hand or mixer (medium speed) for 2 minutes.

Pour into two deep 9-inch layer pans (1 1/2″ deep) which have been rubbed with Crisco and lined with heavy waxed paper. (For smaller pans, fill half full, bake cupcakes with remaining batter.)

Bake in moderate oven (350 F) for about 40 mins.

Cool cake in pan on rack 15 mins before removing. Loosen edges from pan with spatula. Place rack over cake and pan, invert together. Cool and frost with fluffy icing. (Recipe below.)

(Makes two 9-inch layers)

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Fluffy frosting for the lucky clover cake

1-1/2 cups sugar
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1/3 cup water
2 egg whites, unbeaten

Place all ingredients in top of double boiler. Set the top of the double boiler into the bottom which contains boiling water. Cook, beating constantly with an egg beater until the icing stands in peaks (about 7 mins).

To about 1/4 of the icing, add a few drops of green coloring to tint to the desired shade, and about 2 drops of peppermint flavoring. Spread between layers. Cover top and sides of cake with white icing. Arrange green Jordan almonds in clover designs on top of cake.

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It’s lighter! It’s richer! It’s made with Crisco! For blended into every spoonful of pure, all-vegetable Crisco is a cake baking secret no other type of shortening has. And Crisco’s Quick Method cake recipe (given above) is built around that secret. Result? A lighter, richer, moister, more tender cake than with any other type of shortening or ordinary recipe!

It’s quick – 4 minutes’ mixing! Easy! You don’t cream snowy Crisco. You have only one bowl to wash. Yet you’re sure of a delicious dream cake that’s all your very own!

Of course, Crisco can make any cake a better cake. But for sure success use Crisco and a Quick Method Crisco recipe. Once you take those velvety layers out of your oven, you’ll see why more women bake with Crisco than any other brand of shortening!

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