Square dance party cake (1950)

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This easy cake with a cute checkerboard-style is shown here in pink and yellow, but you could make it with any two-color combination that you like! And if you’re looking for a 1950s-style frosting, take a look here: Homemade cakes & cupcakes shine with delicious classic frosting on top.
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Square dance party cake (1950)

Square dance cake recipe


1/2 cup shortening
2 cups sifted cake flour
2-1/2 teaspoons double-action baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/3 cups sugar
7/8 cup milk (1 cup minus 2 tbsps)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs, unbeaten
Food coloring


Measure shortening into bowl. Sift flour once, measure; add baking powder, salt, sugar; sift onto shortening. Add vanilla to milk; add 2/3 milk; blend; beat 1 min. Add eggs and remaining milk [and food coloring]; beat 2-1/2 mins.

Pour 1-3/4 cups batter into greased and floured 8 x 8 x 2-inch pan. Bake in 350 F oven for 30 minutes.

When cool, cut each layer in half. Arrange alternate colors to form “squares.” Use butter frosting between layers, halves, sides and top. Dot with sweet chocolate.

Square dance party cake (1950)

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