Thursday, April 14, 2011

Unleavened Seed Cake Recipe

Welcome back to Vintage Recipe Thursday.  If you are participating with your own post, be sure to use the linky at the bottom of today's post.

Public Domain/Pete Souza
Traditional Seder dinner in the
Old Family Dining Room of the White House.
When I noticed this week's cake in my Searchlight cookbook, the name made me think of the Book of Exodus with Moses and the Jews leaving Egypt and not having enough time to add leaven in their bread.

Since Passover is coming up soon, I thought I would share the recipe now.  Even at the White House, the Passover Seder has been celebrated since the 1990s during Bill Clinton's Presidency.

Our church celebrates Passover too.  A few years ago the local newspaper interviewed many of us at the church when they found that more and more Christian churches across the country were celebrating Passover, complete with a Seder.  Married couples of mixed faiths are particularly eager to participate, and we often invite a local rabbi to lead the Seder.   It's full of symbolism and tradition.  Children are quite happy to join in the singing and go on the search for the afikoman, a small piece of Matza, to win some pocket change.

I hope you'll enjoy this recipe regardless of the time of year.  It's a delicious cake.  I'm also sharing with the Prairie Story Recipe Swap Thursday.

Unleavened Seed Cake Recipe
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk or 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk diluted with 6 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon mace
1 teaspoon caraway seed
1/2 cup chopped candied orange peel
3 cups flour

Cream butter and sugar, add well-beaten egg yolks and milk.  Add extracts and mace.  Sift flour, measure, and sift with salt.  Add caraway seed, candied orange peel, and nuts to first mixture.  Beat thoroughly.  Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.  Pour into well-oiled loaf pan.  Bake in slow oven (350 F.) about 1 hour.  Florence Taft Eaton, Concord, Mass.


  1. That recipe looks delish-I will definitely have to try it (even tho I'm not the biggest desert maker). Thanks so much for stopping by "Try to Keep Up"

  2. What a great blog you have Joy, and thank you so much for stopping by my little ole have to check out Melanies you two have so much in common!

  3. Thank you so much for stopping by Concetta's Cafe today! I love the name of your blog and your delicious sounding recipe! Have a wonderful day!

  4. Hello Joy, It is so nice to be here. I just linked my Banana Turon for dessert.Thanks for hosting the party.

  5. What a great post and a wonderful recipe to include. Thanks for visiting our site. We will definitely link up with you on Thursdays.

  6. What a lovely recipe! I love seed cakes.

    I'm just stopping by to say hi. I'm in your blog club- thanks for joining up! I'm following you now.

    I hope you have a lovely day!
    -Helen from Bettencourt Chase


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