“Love me tender” cake (1949)
Just picture yourself bringing in a cake like this, drinking in the compliments! And you can make one as easy as can be. Just follow this recipe, using Spry and Spry’s one-bowl method.
Luscious Valentine cake recipe
2 cups sifted cake flour
1-1/4 cups sugar
3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup less 2 tablespoons milk
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 egg whites, unbeaten
Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into mixing bowl . . . Drop in Spry [shortening] . . .Add 2/3 of milk, then vanilla, and beat 200 strokes (2 minutes by hand or on mixer at low speed). Scrape bowl and spoon or beater . . . Add egg whites and remaining milk and beat 200 strokes.
Bake in 2 deep 8-inch Sprycoated layer pan in moderate oven (360 F) 25-30 minutes.
Spread lollipop frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Sprinkle crushed red candy (cherry-flavored lollypops, candy sticks, etc.) generously on sides, bringing to top of cake. Across the top, print “Love Me True” with additional crushed red candy.
Lollipop frosting recipe
Put 2 egg whites, unbeaten, 1-1/2 cups sugar, 5 tablespoons cold water, 1 teaspoon light corn syrup and 1/2 teaspoon salt in top of double boiler and mix thoroughly.
Place over rapidly boiling water and beat constantly with a rotary egg beater until mixture will hold a peak — about 7 minutes. [Get other vintage 7-minute frosting recipes here.]
Remove from hot water, add 1 teaspoon vanilla and beat until thick enough to spread. Spread between layers and on top and sides of cake.
Decorate with red cherry-flavored lollipops, crushed. Makes enough frosting to cover tops and sides of two 8-inch layers.