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Busy Day Cake

Busy Day Cake created by HokiesMom

I got this recipe from the Fanny Farmer Cookbook - years and years ago. It is the first cake I ever learned to make. I believe the first time I made it I was about 10 years old. I also taught my boys how to make this when they were 8 and 10. It's very easy. Tasty enough, but the frosting is what adds the most flavor. I use the store bought frosting on it. Very simple to make and like the title says - it's great for a dessert on a busy day!

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  • Cream shortening and sugar.
  • Add egg.
  • Sift in flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add milk and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Put in a greased 9x9 pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees until done. (toothpick inserted comes out clean). Start checking at 20 minutes. I haven't made this in a while, so I'm not sure. If it looks done enough to check with the toothpick at 20 minutes, then by all means, check it. It may take up to 30 minutes to bake.
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"I got this recipe from the Fanny Farmer Cookbook - years and years ago. It is the first cake I ever learned to make. I believe the first time I made it I was about 10 years old. I also taught my boys how to make this when they were 8 and 10. It's very easy. Tasty enough, but the frosting is what adds the most flavor. I use the store bought frosting on it. Very simple to make and like the title says - it's great for a dessert on a busy day!"
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  1. ladams1221
    This is a riff on a wonderful little cake recipe by Edna Lewis. This particular recipe (originally from Woman's Day magazine, I think) is the one I grew up on (using butter instead of shortening), and my mom used it as the sturdy, flavorful base for her Strawberry Shortcake. (I still use it for that too this day.) When it is split in half, filled with whipped cream and strawberries, the top replaced, and more berries and whipped cream on top, there is nothing better! Because it is dense, it soaks up all those luscious juices from the berries, and it stands up to the added liquid. (We even like a little milk poured around it in the bowl.) It is the perfect cake for that. I wouldn't think of icing it! Pour a big glass of milk, stand over the sink and eat a plain slice, out-of-hand. Delightful! Thanks for posting.
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  2. Cathy O.
    Can I cook this in a glass pan?
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  3. Brenda O.
    I don't have any vanilla do I have to have it
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  4. Laratin
    Try this cake with strawberries and milk. We always used this recipe as a strawberry shortcake. vey good , not to sweet, just right with berries !
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  5. HokiesMom
    Busy Day Cake Created by HokiesMom
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