Albany Cakes

Take one pound of butter (best to have it a little softened, not melted), two pounds of brown sugar, six eggs, thirty drops of oil of lemon, one teaspoonful of soda, or two teaspoonfuls of Royal Baking Powder, three pounds of flour. Mix some sugar with the flour to roll out with, cut with a cutter and bake.

Cocoanut Sponge Cake

Two cupfuls of sugar, three cupfuls of flour, one cupful of milk, three eggs, butter the size of an egg, two teaspoonfuls of baking powder, one cocoanut, grated. Bake in jelly cake pans. This makes six cakes ; put the icing on one cake, then sprinkle the cocoanut on, then another cake, and so on until you have three layers. The six will make two cakes when done. The icing is made of the whites of three eggs and two cupfuls of powdered sugar.

Composition Cake

One and three-quarters of a pound of flour, half-pound of butter, one and a quarter pounds of sugar, four eggs, one nutmeg, one teacupful of milk, three-quarters of a pound of raisins, three-quarters of a pound of currants, two teaspoonfuls of baking powder. Beat the butter and sugar very light, add by degrees the milk and quarter of the flour; beat the eggs until thick ; mix the baking powder in the flour and add it to the batter; beat well and add spice and the fruit.


Take one pint of milk, half-pound of white sugar, quarter-pound of butter, beaten to a cream ; add three eggs, half-teaspoonful of cinnamon, half of a nutmeg, two pounds of flour, two teaspoonfuls of baking powder, put in after all is mixed. Roll out and cut in small cakes; fry in plenty of sweet lard.

Franklin Buns

Six ounces of butter, three-quarters of a pound of sugar, half a pound of flour, one of cream, three eggs, one wine-glassful of rose water, one wineglassful of wine, the grating of one nutmeg, teaspoonful of baking powder. Beat the butter and sugar until light, stir in the cream gradually with half the flour, then whisk the eggs until thick, and add them with the remaining flour, half at a time ; beat well. Then add the other engredients; after beating all well together, butter a square pan, put in the mixture and bake in a moderate oven. When done, sift white sugar and cut in squares.

Fruit Cake

One pound of butter, one pound of sugar, one pound of flour, twelve eggs, two tablespoonfuls of mace, one tablespoonful of cinnamon, four nutmegs, one teaspoonful of cloves, two pounds of currants, two pounds of raisins, one pound of citron, one tumblerful of brandy, put in last. Bake six hours.

Hard Gingerbread

Take two pounds of flour, quarter pound of lard, quarter pound of butter, quarter pound of sugar, four tablespoonfuls of ginger, two tablespoonfuls of cinnamon, one of cloves and allspice mixed, one teaspoonful of soda; rub the shortening in the flour, then add the spices and sugar ; dissolve the soda in a little milk and add molasses enough to make a dough. Let it stand two hours in a cool place, then roll out very thin and bake.