I don’t know if this stash of vintage recipes came from someone in our extended family or if Mom found them at a yard sale. It isn’t in Gail’s handwriting and at the bottom, it says Aunt Allie. Now, there were six Allies on the family tree but there were quite distant (mother-in-law of a third cousin, etc.). Anyway, here’s the cake recipe if you want to give it a try.
Our Favorite Walnut Cake
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup shortening – half lard half butter is best
- 1 cup sour milk
- 1/2 teaspoon soda
- 2 cups light brown sugar
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder sifted into flour
- 1 cup walnut meats chopped fine by hand
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon (leveled) allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1 level teaspoon cinnamon
- a little grated nutmeg
Cream the sugar and butter or shortening. Add well-beaten eggs and stir in. Dissolve the soda in the milk and add to sugar and butter but do not stir.
Stir the walnut meats into flour – also the spices. Put the vanilla in the other mixture then stir in the flour etc.
Bake in a loaf in slow oven till done.
Make icing with two or three tablespoons of cream or heavy condensed milk and powdered sugar – just thin enough to spread with a knife.
I don’t have all the ingredients on hand to try this out. If anyone is in a baking mood, let me know how the recipe turned out for you.