Pinwheel cake (1954)
Terrific NEW cake idea! Chocolate topping baked right in. No frosting! A spectacular cake — rich and luscious because you use Baker’s Chocolate and Carnation Milk. Extra-delicious when chilled!
Pinwheel cake recipe
4 squares Baker’s Unsweetened Chocolate
1-3/4 cups sifted Swans Down Cake Flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons Calumet baking powder
1/4 teaspoon soda
1/2 cup shortening
1-1/4 cups Carnation Evaporated Milk, undiluted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 square Baker’s unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1/3 cup Carnation Evaporated Milk, undiluted
2/3 cup vegetable shortening
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon water
Melt 2 squares chocolate. Sift dry ingredients. Stir shortening to soften. Add sifted ingredients, 1 cup milk, vanilla. Blend. Beat 2 minutes at low mixer speed or 300 strokes by hand. Add eggs, remaining milk, melted chocolate. Beat 1 minute. Pour into two 9-inch layer pans lined on bottoms with paper. For topping and filling, see below.
Melt remaining 2 squares chocolate and pour into circles on top of layers. (Remember — only Baker’s gives you the superb chocolate flavor that makes this cake and topping so rich, so delicious!)
Make swirls on top with rubber spatula to form pattern. Bake about 30 minutes in moderate oven (350 F.). While cake cools, combine ingredients for delicious filling, Whip 10 minutes, or until very fluffy.
Split layers to form 4 layers. Spread 2/3 cup filling between each layer.
My mother made this cake each year for my brother. She always doubled the filling. It was served chilled. She always cut the cake in half then cut each half into slices. I have made it many times. The last time I made it to bring to my brother. I chilled it, cut it into slices, wrapped each slice in waxed paper (keeping to the 50’s theme), put them into a plastic container and froze it. That way, he could take out 1 slice at a time and enjoy. It’s consistency is different from the fluffier cakes of today. People either love it…or not. It’s a great cake!