- April 19, 2008 at 2:09 pm #257334
My favorite cookbook is one from 1954 it was the year hubby was born and the cook book is the Betty Crocker cooking for two. I love this cookbook because in those day cooks weren’t using a lot of convience foods and this cookbook is really geared for the new bride with some really basic recipes. I had the same cookbook from 1964 and it was full of convience foods and I thought wow what a difference 10 years made.
I ended up getting rid of the 1964 book it was useless. But that 1954 gets used almost every week.
Here is one recipe that I use that is actually a recipe it came from the 1954 book and makes an 8x 8 inch cake which is just right for our family of three. It is just as easy as a cake mix. But a cake mix makes so much cake that is would be in my house for a week and we would be eating huge pieces just to get rid of it.
When I make this cake I cut it into nine pieces and our family of three gets dessert for three days out of it. But even if you had a family of nine this cake would serve you desert for one evening. A conventional cake mix makes double this amount or about 18 servings.
1 1/2 cups of sifted all purpose flour
1 cup of sugar
2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
1/3 cup of oil
2/3 cup of milk
1 tsp of flavoring
I just mix all of the ingredients pour in the 8 x8 pan and bake at 350 for 30-35 min.
Back when I could get self rising flour for the same price as all purpose I just used self rising and omitted the salt and baking powder. Now that I can get all purpose flour at Aldis for 99 cent I add my own leavening. Because the cheapest self rising in my area is 1.72 for five pounds.
Anyway I buy a can of frosting and keep it in the fridge to frost this cake. I can get about four cakes from the one can of frosting.
I always use vanilla flavoring because that is what I have on hand. But I think the possibilites for this cake are as endless as the number of flavorings available at the local store.
I haven’t tried adding cocoa powder to make chocalate if someone does let me know about how much you used and how it turned out.
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- June 12, 2009 at 1:01 am #422647
Thanks for this post. I have been baking the 1-2-3-4 cake but this sounds perfect.