Thursday, April 21, 2011

Vintage white cake recipe

kitchen cabinet blinds
Look at all these vintage tresures.
Sometimes we need a plain, basic white cake. It is so versatile and can be decorated or colored in so many ways. So many recipes are for fancy cakes that we will make once, but never again. Not so for a classic recipe like this one.

As a matter of fact, next week I will be sharing how to turn this white cake batter into some very different cakes, so stay tuned.

If you have a vintage recipe of your own to share, be sure to use the linky below.

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White Cake
Flickr/Tina Crespo
White Cake Recipe
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups cake flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
OR 1/4 cup evaporated milk diluted with 1/4 cup water

Cream sugar and shortening. Sift flour, measure, and sift with baking powder and salt. Beat thoroughly. Add extract. Carefully fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour into well-oiled layer cake pans. Bake in moderate oven (375 F.) about 20 minutes.


  1. Thanks...I'll have to give this recipe a try.

  2. Oh, this looks perfect for my daughter's birthday cake!

  3. This is a simple yet very elegant looking cake. I wish I can make one like this! I am sharing with you my personal cookie recipe..I hope my children will also keep my recipe and make them part of their family life someday.

  4. I love pure white cake! I never make it, though, because I don't like to waste the egg yolks ... silly, right? :)

  5. Thank you, all.

    Samantha: Thank you for posting the results. Glad you liked it.

    Marelie: I'm sure your children will treasure your recipes. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us too.

    Melissa: It's not silly, it's frugal and rightly so. We shouldn't waste food. When I come across a recipe which calls for only whites, or only yolks, I either add the leftovers to an egg or 2 for an omelet, or else I make a second recipe which uses only the other color eggs. Make a list of your favorite recipes which use only whites, and which use only yolks.


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