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    Grandmother Higbe's 'A Cake That Never Fails'

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    Cindy Lynn's Note:

    I was going through my recipe files and found this forgotten treasure. It was signed originally by my paternal grandmother, so I believe Grandmother Higbe would have been 4 generations back from me. The recipe was dated '1885'. There is no time or temperature (Who knows what a wood cook stove's temperature would have been?). For cakes I default to 350 deg. F. and test with a toothpick for doneness.

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    1. 1
      Cream butter, sugar and hot water.
    2. 2
      Add vanilla.
    3. 3
      Sift flour once.
    4. 4
      Add baking powder to flour and sift again 4 or 5 times.
    5. 5
      Add water and flour a little at a time to butter and sugar mixture, beating until smooth.
    6. 6
      Last, add the well beaten egg whites.
    7. 7
      Bake in large pan.
    8. 8
      Makes 3 small layers or 2 large.
    9. 9
      If you wish to use other shortening than butter, add a little salt.
    10. 10
      Nuts may be added if desired.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 05, 2002


      Great, simple, plain cake, very good as a base for a more complicated dessert. I used 5 egg whites because I like my cakes airy and high. I served this under some orange ice cream with chocolate sauce, and it served it's purpose well, didn't overpower the ice cream, made a great dessert. I will definitely make this again, next time I'm going to try it in a trifle.

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    Nutritional Facts for Grandmother Higbe's 'A Cake That Never Fails'

    Serving Size: 1 (1315 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1273.0
    Calories from Fat 287
    Total Fat 31.9 g
    Saturated Fat 19.6 g
    Cholesterol 81.3 mg
    Sodium 900.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 231.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
    Sugars 134.0 g
    Protein 18.0 g

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