Old-fashioned daffodil pecan cake recipe (1940)

Vintage daffodil pecan cake recipe (1940)

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Bring spring to your table with this lovely, luscious homemade daffodil pecan cake, based on an old-fashioned recipe from the early 1940s!

How to make a daffodil pecan cake & frosting

How to make an old-fashioned daffodil pecan cake (1940)

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Vintage daffodil pecan cake recipe (1940)

Daffodil pecan cake

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour


For the cake

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 egg yolks, unbeaten
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 cup milk

For the frosting

  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar)
  • 5 tablespoons scalded cream

For the filling

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  1. Combine Spry, salt and vanilla. Add sugar gradually and cream well.
  2. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Sift baking powder with flour 3 times.
  4. Add flour to creamed mixture, alternately with milk, mixing after each addition until smooth.
  5. Bake in two greased 8-inch layer pans in moderate over (375 F) 25-30 minutes.
  6. To make the Daffodil Pecan frosting, blend shortening, butter, vanilla and salt.
  7. Beat in 1/2 cup sugar.
  8. Add hot cream, alternately with remaining sugar, beating well after each addition.
  9. Add only enough cream to make a nice spreading consistency.
  10. Tint with yellow coloring.
  11. Spread Daffodil Pecan frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.
  12. Spread frosting generously on one layer.
  13. Top with chopped nuts, pressing into frosting.
  14. Place second layer on top of this.
  15. Cover sides and top of cake with remaining frosting.
  16. Swirl top to give a soft, fluffy appearance.
  17. Press halves of pecans into sides of cake.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 468Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 177mgCarbohydrates: 84gFiber: 1gSugar: 71gProtein: 3g

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