Monday, July 11, 2011


This recipe is from an article in an old farmer's magazine when I was a kid. It was in an article about making wonderful cakes with lard.

2 eggs, separated
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup lard
2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup orange juice (fresh or reconstituted frozen)
1/4 tsp almond extract

Beat egg whites until frothy; graduy beat in the 1/2 cup sugar. Continue beating until stiff and glossy.

In another bowl, stir lard to soften. Add the sifted dry ingredients and the milk. Beat 1 minute at medium speed on electric mixer or 150 vigorous strokes by hand. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl. Add the juice, egg yolks, and the almond extract; beat 1 more minute, scraping bowl constantly. Fold in the egg white mixture.

Divide the batter evenly between two greased and floured 9-inch cake pans or one 9 x 13-inch cake pan. Bake in a moderate (350) oven for 25 to 30 minutes for the round cakes or 30 to 35 minutes for the 9 x 13-inch pan. Remove from oven and cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely. Frost with the Fluffy Orange Frosting recipe below.

2 egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1/4 cup water
dash of salt

In the top of a double boiler, combine the egg whites, sugar, orange juice concentrate, water, and salt. Beat 1 minute with an electric mixer or rotary beater. Place pan over the bottom pan with its boiling water and beat constantly 7 to 8 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Remove from the heat and beat until of spreading consistency. Frost the orange cake above or use on another favorite cake.

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