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  • Wednesday, December 14, 2011

    Public Domain Recipes: Pound Cake

    This recipe is from the cook book, The New Royal Cook Book, which was published in 1920 and is in the public domain. It was re-released by Project Gutenberg December 3, 2011.

    1 cup butter
    1 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon lemon extract
    5 eggs
    2 cups flour
    1 teaspoon Royal Baking Powder
    Reserve 2 egg whites for icing

    Cream butter, add sugar slowly, beating well. Add flavoring and yolks of eggs which have been beaten until pale yellow. Beat three egg whites until light and add alternately a little at a time with the flour which has been sifted with baking powder. Mix well and bake in greased loaf pan in moderate oven about one hour. Cover with ornamental frosting, page 16, made with the two remaining egg whites.


    Ornamental Frosting
    1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
    1/2 cup water
    2 egg whites
    1 teaspoon flavoring extract
    1 teaspoon Royal Baking Powder
    Boil sugar and water without stirring until syrup spins a thread; add very slowly to beaten egg whites; add flavoring and baking powder and beat until smooth and stiff enough to spread. Put over boiling water, stirring continually until icing grates slightly on bottom of bowl. Spread on cake saving a small portion of icing to ornament the edge of cake. This can be forced through a pastry tube, or, through a cornucopia, made from ordinary white letter paper.

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