Monday, April 18, 2011


No sooner do I post Ada Bixby's Sponge Cake recipe than I come across another entitled: TRUE SPONGE CAKE.

The provenance of the handwriting is uncertain at this point, but it's a more recent scrap of paper than Ada's version.

"True Sponge Cake
5 egg whites
5 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour sifted 4 times
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
grated rind 1/2 lemon
Beat whites stiff not dry, beat in half the sugar. add lemon rind, juice to yolks and beat until [thick] and lemon color.  Beat in rest of sugar, combining mixture.  Cut and fold w/ flour sifted with salt, pour into unbuttered pan, Cut thru mixture several times to break bubbles.  Bake 1 hour or more in moderately slow oven (325 degrees F) .  If in deep pan (350 degrees F)."


Due to eggs being larger today, a modern adaptation of this would probably call for 3-4 eggs, rather than 5.

If a word is in [brackets] then I'm not sure I've transcribed it correctly.  If you have a better guess, let me know!

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