Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Old-Fashioned Cake

My 13 yr old son just turned 15. Don't ask me how that happened, cause I haven't the slightest idea. But well, there it is... he's 15 now. And he's spent half his life deprived of sugary sweets. 

So, for his birthday I gave him a cake with REAL icing; butter-cream to coat the top, with cream-cheese icing for the piping. No cutting of the sugar, no meddling with the recipe. Just a full blown, very bad for you birthday cake that was gonna taste oh so good!

They all scraped the icing off; every last one of them, even the sugar-deprived kid. They piled it up on the sides of their plates and dabbed the cake at it. They said it tasted like a store-bought cake. I can't decide if that's a compliment or not, since they didn't really like the icing. The whole thing disappeared in a day, though. It must've been okay, compliment or not.

Well, the gobs of gooey-sweet icing wasn't a hit, but the cake most certainly was. It's one of those old-fashioned recipes, dense and moist.

Old-Fashioned Cake
   3/4 c softened butter
1 2/3 c sugar
   1/4 c oil

Cream together
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla

Beat well
      3 c all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
   1/2 tsp salt

Sift into separate bowl
1 1/3 c milk

Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture. Beat 'til smooth. Pour into greased/floured pans.
Bake @ 350 for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Yields: 1 9x13 sheet cake
           2 round/square layer cakes



  1. oh, too funny ! My boys would lick the bowl when I was mixing the cake and then not touch the baked cake ! Very frustrating !

  2. Very frustrating, indeed! But there is a bright side... it left more cake for you! Well, that could be downside too...