Sunday, March 29, 2009

Burrill Family Spice Cake after 1919

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
1/2 cup shortening(scant)
3/4 cup sour milk
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
Spices (see note)

no method but here is a general suggestion:

350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour a metal pan.

Whisk dry ingredients(except sugar) and spices in a large bowl.

Mix milk and egg.

Add about 1/2 of the milk mixture and beat until smooth. Add remaining milk mixture in two stages; beat until batter is just smooth.

Add the sugar; beat until just incorporated, about 30 seconds.

Pour batter into cake pan.

Bake until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the cake's center comes out clean.

Set pan on a wire rack; let cool for 5 minutes.

Run a knife around the pan perimeter and turn cake onto rack. Let cool.

Here is a typical spice blend, but I think that the intended is 1/2 teaspoon of each:

2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

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