Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins
The Shakers had two settlements here in Kentucky and I have been fortunate enough to visit them both. If you have never seen a Shaker village, you are missing something that will amaze you. Simplicity is their way of life in everything from their architecture to their clothing and cooking. This recipe is simple. There's no fancy anything in it, really, as everything the Shakers used was made or grown within the gates of their settlement if at all possible. They also wasted no part of anything.
- 2⁄3 cup butter or 2⁄3 cup margarine
- 2 cups sugar
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 3 cups flour
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 egg, well beaten
- 1⁄2 pint heavy cream, whipped
- 1 cup grated coconut
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 orange, juice and zest of
- 1⁄2 cup butter or 1⁄2 cup margarine
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup light cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- CAKE: Cream butter and sugar together.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each egg is added.
- Sift all dry ingredients together and add them alternately with the milk to the sugar-egg mixture.
- Bake at 350° in two greased 8-inch tins for 30 to 35 minutes.
- When cool, fill with the following.
- FILLING: Mix together the above ingredients and spread between the two layers and on the top of the cake.
- VANILLA SAUCE: Melt butter in medium saucepan. Remove from heat.
- Add remaining ingredients, mixing well.
- Simmer, stirring over low heat about 5 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved.
- Serve hot over pudding or cake.