Old-fashioned peach meringue cake (1950)

Old-fashioned peach meringue cake (1950)

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A classic peach meringue cake recipe from 1950

Make a beautiful cake . . . like this delicate peach meringue cake, for instance. And you do it so very easily. No creaming of shortening. No frosting needed!

You simply spread meringue over cake batter, and bake them together. No egg yolks or whites left over! Three yolks go into the cake, and three whites go into the meringue.

Peach meringue cake recipe (1950)

Meringue-topped peach cake

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Ann Pillsbury’s peach meringue cake recipe


1 cup sifted Pillsbury’s Best Enriched Flour
1-1/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup top milk
1/4 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


3 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 to 9 canned cling peach halves


All ingredients must be at room temperature. Line 9 x 9 x 2-inch pan with waxed paper that extends 1 inch beyond rim.

Measure cake ingredients before mixing meringue.

Meringue: Beat egg whites with salt until foamy. Add cream of tartar and continue beating until stiff and dry. Beat in sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, until mixture stands in very stiff peaks. Fold in flavoring.

Cake: Sift together dry ingredients and add remaining cake ingredients. Beat 2 minutes at low to medium speed on electric mixer or 300 strokes by hand, until batter is well-blended.

Pour into lined pan. Spread meringue over batter. With back of spoon, shape 6 to 9 “cups” in meringue to hold peach halves.

Bake in moderately slow oven (325 degrees F) 50 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool. Just before serving, place well-drained peaches in “cups.”

Serves 6 to 9

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