Brides Cake

In "P.T.A. Interpretations of Food" 1928, 2-Marion Reynolds King 1893-1958, FAMILY: MATERNAL LINE (BOB), SOURCES on February 17, 2010 at 7:31 am

3/4 cups shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
3 teaspoons all phosphate baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla almond flavoring
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
6 egg whites

Cream shortening thoroughly; add sugar graduallly and cream until light and fluffy. Sift to-gether flour, baking powder and salt; add alternately with milk to creamed mixture, mixing well after each addition. Add flavorings. Beat egg whites stiff but not dry and fold into the batter. For a three tier cake three round pans of different sizes are necessary. Double the recipe for the largest and smallest pan. Cover the smallest pan with waxed paper and place in the refrigerator and bake at the same time as the medium cake. Bake the large cake in a slow oven 1 hour and 20 minutes or until well done. For the medium cake make once the recipe again. Bake with the small cake in a slow oven (325 degrees) 1 hour or until done. Frost with Confectioner’s frosting.

Confectioner’s Frosting

6 egg whites
2 pounds sifted confectioner’s sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon almond flavoring
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Place all ingredients in mixing bowl and beat until smooth and throu hly blended. When cakes are cool, spread each with a thin coating of frosting. After the frosting has hardened, place one cake on top of another on large flat platter. Frost with a thicker coating; allow to harden. If remaining frosting is not stiff enough to hold its shape add additional amount of confectioners’ sugar. Use this for decoration, using a pastry tube or cake decorator. Practice your design, first in inverted layer cake pan.

(Editor’s note: This recipe comes to us from between the pages of “P.T.A. Interpretations of Food,” a cookbook once owned by Marion Patterson Reynolds King, Bob / Daddy /
Granddaddy’s mother. It is old, thin and weathered, and the note penciled in at the top says “Merchants Prize recipe.”)

marion king cookbook cover 3

  1. You gotta love the duct tape – Depression’s all-purpose repair kit!
    I guess in those days someone in the family made the cake, rather than looking around town for a baker. I don’t ever remember tasting this particular cake unless GM Marion made it for either Marion Roberta or Caroline’s wedding. I was pretty young, but do remember going to Columbia for a wedding.

  2. Hey Carey, thanks for sharing this vintage recipe with us! Just to clarify – I don’t think I will be baking this wedding cake! But it is great to see it and it is such fun to celebrate our joy for Julie Anna and Ben together as family!

  3. Well, Aunt Boyd, I betcha the Cousins Club could take care of this for you. Many hands in the kitchen make light work. We stand at the ready!

  4. aye aye!

  5. Well, all I have to say is…Carey and Michaela certainly have more confidence in tier-cake baking than do I.

    Word to the wise: make certain you have several boxes of toothpicks!!!

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