Coconut Layer Cake Recipe from Edwardian 1909.
Ingredients.—-A quarter of a pound of butter, half a pound of castor sugar, half a pint of milk, half pound of flour, two large teaspoonfuls of baking-powder, little salt, the whites of five eggs, one teaspoonful of vanilla flavouring.
Method.—Beat the butter to a cream, add the sugar gradually, beat in one by one the rest of the ingredients, then beat quickly for five minutes; add the stiffly-whipped whites and beat again. Bake in four layer tins. When cooked and quite cold put filling between each cake layer, then put together.
For the filling, put a pinch of salt to the whites of two eggs and whip to a stiff froth, add half a teaspoonful of vanilla, then gradually beat in sufficient icing sugar to make it thick enough to spread nicely. Spread thickly on each layer, then cover thickly with grated coconut. Brush over the top of the cake with white of egg, sprinkle grated coconut on it. then cover with castor sugar.
Brown Scones Recipe from 1916.
Rub three ounces of butter into one pound and a quarter of wholemeal flour. Add a teaspoonful of castor sugar, half a teaspoonful of salt, and two teaspoonfuls of baking-powder. Mix into a light dough with sour milk, roll out, cut into scone-shaped pieces, brush over with milk, and bake in a quick oven. Butter-milk is better than sour milk when it can be provided.
Mocha Cake Recipe from 1909.
Required.—Two eggs, two ounces of fine flour, one teaspoonful of baking-powder, three ounces of butter, seven ounces of icing sugar, strong coffee to taste.
Method.—Beat the yolks of the eggs with castor sugar, add flour by degrees in which baking-powder is mixed, beat whites of eggs to a stiff froth, and add to cake last. Butter two small tins of the same size—round ones are best—and divide the mixture equally between them, and bake in a quick oven for a quarter of an hour. When cold spread each cake with coffee icing, and lay together; then ice the outside evenly.
Icing.—Stir three ounces of butter to a cream with seven ounces of icing sugar, and when it is fit to spread, add a few drops of very strong coffee.
Vanilla Cakes without Eggs Recipe from 1916.
Take three ounces of butter and three ounces of castor sugar, beat to a cream, add half a gill of fresh milk and a few drops of vanilla; then take six ounces of flour and a teaspoonful of baking-powder, mix together, then put the mixture into small tins, and bake in a moderate oven for fifteen minutes.
Walnut Cream Cake Recipe from 1916
Beat a quarter of butter to a cream with a quarter of a pound of castor sugar, add half a pound of flour, a pinch of salt, a teaspoonful of baking-powder, and a quarter of a pound of shelled and chopped walnuts. Beat into this two eggs and the white of one (well whisked, and two tablespoonfuls of milk. Turn into a greased tin, and bake in a moderate oven for about half an hour until quite cooked.
Leave till cold, then ice with walnut cream icing. For this
make four ounces of icing sugar to a paste with two ounces of roughly chopped walnuts and the white of an egg.