Thursday, March 25, 2010

Vintage prize winning nun's cake recipe

Vintage Recipe Thursday is meant to preserve your own original vintage family recipes, or out-of-print, copyright-free recipes from old cookbooks, magazines, newspapers, and postcards. You're invited! Get the details by clicking to the Vintage Recipe Thursday Homepage. I post recipes from the Household Searchlight Recipe Book, first published in 1931. My 16th printing is from 1943. What will you post?


This week marks the 1-year anniversary of Vintage Recipe Thursday, and I want to thank all those who have participated.  Thanks to YOU, we now have about 400 vintage recipes which will not be lost to time just yet, and most of them are delicious reminders of what good, wholesome cooking should be.  We also had a few chuckles with some strange old recipes, and many of us modern cooks must have asked ourselves, "what were they thinking?"

To celebrate this anniversary, I am sharing a prize winning recipe for nun's cake.  It has a delicate flavor thanks to the typically vintage rose water.

Nun's Cake
(Prize Winning Recipe)

1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
5 egg yolks
2 egg whites
3/4 cup milk
3 cups cake flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons caraway seed
2 teaspoons rose water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Cream butter.  Add sugar and yolks of eggs.  Beat thoroughly.  Stir in unbeaten whites of eggs and beat mixture.  Sift flour, measure, and sift with baking powder and salt.  Add alternately with milk to first mixture.  Sprinkle in caraway seed, beat well, and add rose water and cinnamon.  Pour into well-oiled loaf pan.  Bake in moderate oven (375 F.) 1 hour.  Substitute teaspoon vanilla extract for caraway seed, rose water, and cinnamon if desired.  Mrs. C.E. Beam, Statesville, N.C.

More Vintage Recipes from Participants:
Coconut Cake
Potato Pepperoni Supper
Easter Bunny Cake
Vintage Wedding Cake


  1. Good Morning Joy.I am afraid I don't have a post to follow with. It is my Wedding Anniversary and I did a Wedding post. A tribute to my wife. I will link back up next week. That cake is looking good.

  2. This cake sounds so delicious, any idea why it's called "nun's cake"?

  3. i am with Patty... where did the name come from... SOunds like a cake I want to eat, great job. congrats on the year!

  4. Looks like it's a Happy Anniversary for you too, Joy!
    Thanks for hosting and collecting all of these glorious Vintage Recipes so faithfully.


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