Square dance party cake (1950)

This easy cake with a cute checkerboard-style is shown here in pink and yellow, but you could make it with any two-color combination that you like! And if you’re looking for a 1950s-style frosting, take a look here: Homemade cakes & cupcakes shine with delicious classic frosting on top.
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Square dance party cake (1950)

Square dance cake recipe


1/2 cup shortening
2 cups sifted cake flour
2-1/2 teaspoons double-action baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/3 cups sugar
7/8 cup milk (1 cup minus 2 tbsps)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs, unbeaten
Food coloring


Measure shortening into bowl. Sift flour once, measure; add baking powder, salt, sugar; sift onto shortening. Add vanilla to milk; add 2/3 milk; blend; beat 1 min. Add eggs and remaining milk [and food coloring]; beat 2-1/2 mins.

Pour 1-3/4 cups batter into greased and floured 8 x 8 x 2-inch pan. Bake in 350 F oven for 30 minutes.

When cool, cut each layer in half. Arrange alternate colors to form “squares.” Use butter frosting between layers, halves, sides and top. Dot with sweet chocolate.

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Square dance party cake (1950)

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