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Guest Post: Betsy – Mother’s Mother’s Mother’s Spice Cake

Today we have another guest post. Last time Betsy from Crowded Earth Kitchen was here, she was in the Diced! Dessert Challenge with her Thanksgiving Pie. Check out another great dessert from her below and her regular writing at Crowded Earth Kitchen….

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This recipe should really be called “Mother’s Mother’s Mother’s Spice Cake,” because I believe it originally belonged to my Great-Grandmother. Take a look at the recipe card below, typed on an old school typewriter… clearly, this is a very old and much loved favorite!

WIN_20150407_222818 I love how this recipe, like so many old recipes, is really just a list of ingredients. In some cases, it can be very difficult to recreate a dish from ingredients alone! In this case, however, coming up with instructions and baking times was pretty straightforward. The updated set of instructions below are user-friendly and simple enough to follow with confidence.

If you’re reading this post from the U.S., remember that Mothers Day is May 10th. Wouldn’t this make a fun Mothers Day cake?

WIN_20150330_174809Ingredients (Makes a 9″ x 13″ cake)

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup room temperature butter

1 cup milk

WIN_20150330_175239 2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

WIN_20150330_2000571/2 teaspoon cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 egg yolks

For the frosting:

2 egg whites

WIN_20150330_2002321 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

Directions

Step 1) Cream together butter, 1 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 cup white sugar until thoroughly blended and fluffy. Add milk and egg yolks. Blend well.

WIN_20150330_201244Step 2) Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices, and salt. Blend slowly until batter is smooth.

Step 3) Pour batter into a greased and floured 9″ x 13″ cake pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Allow cake to cool thoroughly.

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Step 4) After cake has cooled, add 1 inch of water to the bottom of a double boiler. Combine egg whites, 1 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 cup white sugar in the top of the double boiler.

NOTE: you can make your own double boiler simply by setting a metal or glass mixing bowl over the top of a medium saucepan so that the water in the saucepan is “sealed” inside (the mixing bowl you select should be perfectly round and have smooth sides in order for this to work). Make sure the water in the bottom saucepan doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl.

Step 5) With the double boiler over medium heat, beat the egg whites and sugars at high speed using an electric mixer for seven minutes. Yes, seven minutes. This isn’t complicated, but you need to be patient! Making this frosting is a bit like making candy… we’re creating a chemical change (protein denaturation via heat and mechanical agitation, if you are interested in that sort of thing) which will turn your egg whites and sugars into an absolutely fantastic browned marshmallow frosting! If you’ve never had this frosting before, you’re in for a treat. 🙂

Step 6) The frosting will cool as soon as you remove the top of the double boiler from the heat (don’t get any water in your frosting!). Frost your cake and enjoy!

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A few cousins enjoying their Great, Great Grandma’s spice cake recipe. For me, remembering loved ones through their recipes is the very best part of cooking!

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Categories: Baking3, Dessert 2, Guest, kosher, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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6 Comments on “Guest Post: Betsy – Mother’s Mother’s Mother’s Spice Cake”

  1. April 27, 2015 at 11:05 am #

    looks yummy!

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  2. April 27, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    This sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing! I am in the process of compiling a family cook book. This encourages me to go forward!

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  3. Susan
    April 27, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    Very touching. Lots of women have tears in their eyes reading the recipe, seeing the well-loved recipe card, and the little generation enjoying it all. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. April 27, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

    Love these old fashioned recipes. 🙂

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  5. April 27, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

    Written it down for my family!!!!

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  6. April 28, 2015 at 12:40 am #

    Looks great

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