Thursday, May 12, 2011

Prize Winning Orange Cake Recipe

I love that there are so many prize winning recipes in my Household Searchlight Recipe Book.  I also love that most of the recipes were sent in by regular housewives.  These are real women who knew how to cook.  The entire magazine was founded on their recipes and their stories, a lot like Taste of Home, Gooseberry Patch and All You magazines are today.  I also picture many of these women would be bloggers if they were alive today.

These may be older recipes, but most of them are just as tasty today.  This is the foods our country grew up on.  There are very few recipes in this particular cookbook where I wonder, "what were they thinking" or which have become outdated.  These recipes after all were often already passed down several generations.  Not too many people collected cookbooks, like many of us do these days, but they did trade recipes.  These are the tried and true recipes that stood the test of not only time, but of real families too.

So join me down Memory Lane, and share your family or vintage cookbook recipes with all of us here at Joy of Desserts.  The linky is at the bottom of the post.

Prize Winning Orange Cake Recipe
Orange loaf with craisins / Apelsinikeeks kuivatatud jõhvikatega
Flickr/Pile - Nami-nami
Orange Loaf with dried fruits.
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 orange
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs, well beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup pitted dates or raisins
2 cups cake flour
1 cup sour milk
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Combine 1/4 cup sugar and orange juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Cream 1 cup sugar with shortening. Add eggs. Sift flour, measure, and sift with baking-powder, baking soda, and salt. Add alternately with milk to first mixture. Add dates or raisins which have been ground with orange rind. Mix until well blended. Pour into well-oiled loaf pan. Bake in moderate oven (375 F.) about 45 minutes. Pour orange juice and sugar over cake before removing from pan. Mrs. Walter T. Plamer Jr., Collingswood, N.J.


  1. What a great post and a wonderful looking recipe. Thanks for sharing this one.

  2. Check out our vintage recipe book post today. I think you will like it.

  3. Everyone: Check out Carolina Heartstrings' post on vintage cookbooks. It's really great. It's at this link:

    Carolinaheartstrings: Thank you. I loved your post. I think my reply on your post might be of interest to others who read here too.

    "Yes, you are right, I do love, love, love your post. Go ahead and link it up to Vintage Recipe Thursday. It's not a recipe, but it fits so well with the theme. :-)

    May I share with you another post? Judging from your post, I think you'll like it. I didn't include any photos, but there is a wonderful video of old cookbooks, even a Thomas Jefferson's ice cream recipe in his own hand, and Julia Child sings from one of the cookbook recipes. It's at this link:


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