4 old-fashioned New Year’s cake recipes: Cocoa marble, orange & more (1950)

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A New Year wish you can make come true!

Perfect cakes the year ’round with perfect blend…

4 old-fashioned New Year's cakes Cocoa marble, Orange & more (1950)

To bake the most luscious cakes you ever tasted, follow the easy recipes below…

Old-fashioned mocha frosted devil’s food cake recipe

1/2 cup dexo shortening
2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour
1 tsp each salt and soda
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup sour milk or buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, unbeaten
3 sqs chocolate, melted

Measure dexo into bowl. Add sifted dry ingredients. Add 2/3 milk. Blend; beat 1 min* Add 1/3 milk, eggs, vanilla. Beat 1 min. Add chocolate; beat 1 min. Bake in 2 greased and floured deep 8-inch pans in 350 F oven, about 35 min.

Frosting: 1/2 cup dexo, 2 cups conf. sugar, mix 3 tbsps coffee, 1 tbsp cocoa, dash salt and 1 tsp vanilla.

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Easy classic Lord Baltimore cake recipe

2/3 cup shortening
2-1/2 cups sifted cake flour
3-1/2 tsps double-acting baking powder
1 tsp each, salt and vanilla
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup milk
3 egg whites, unbeaten

Measure dexo into bowl. Add sifted dry ingredients. Add 2/3 milk. Blend; beat 1 min*. Add remaining milk, egg whites and vanilla. Beat 2 min. Pour into 2 greased and floured deep 8-inch pans. Bake in 375 F oven, about 30 min.

Frosting: Add 1/4 cup chopped nuts, 12 candied cherries, chopped, and 2 figs, cut in strips, to Seven Minute Frosting.


Vintage ’50s orange cake recipe

1/2 cup shortening
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 tsps double-acting baking powder
2-1/4 cups sifted cake flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup water
Grated rind of 1 orange
2 eggs, unbeaten

Measure dexo into bowl. Add sifted dry ingredients, orange juice and water. Blend; beat 1 min*. Add eggs and grated orange rind. Beat 2 min.

Pour batter into 2 greased and floured deep 8-inch pans. Bake in moderate oven, 375 F, about 30 min. Frost with Seven Minute Frosting.


Old-fashioned cocoa marble cake recipe

1/2 cup shortening
2-1/4 cups sifted cake flour
3 tsps double-acting baking powder
1-1/2 tsps salt
1-1/3 cups sugar
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 egg whites, unbeaten

Add sifted dry ingredients to dexo. Add 2/3 milk. Blend; beat 1 min* Add 1/3 milk, egg whites, vanilla. Beat 2 min. Put 1/2 batter in extra bowl. Mix together; stir in, 1/4 cup cocoa, 1/4 tsp soda, 1 tbsp water; alternate spoonfuls of each batter into 2 greased and floured deep 8-inch pans. Bake in 375 F oven about 30 min.

Frosting: To 1/3 cup dexo add 1-1/2 cups conf. sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 3/4 cup cocoa. Add 2-1/2 tbsps hot water. Beat in 3 egg yolks.

*NOTE: When beating by hand, count 150 strokes per minute.

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