This section is from the book "Home Cookery", by H. Howson. Also available from Amazon: Home Cookery.
Take one cupful of molasses, one cupful of sugar, half-cupful of butter and lard mixed, one cupful of sour milk, two eggs, three cupfuls of flour, two teaspoonfuls of soda, two teaspoonfuls of cinnamon, one and a half of cloves, a little grated nutmeg. Bake in square tins fifteen or twenty minutes.
Three teacupfuls of flour, one of butter, two of molasses, one tablespoonful of ginger, and half a nutmeg, teaspoonful of cinnamon, and three eggs, beat them all up together till they are light; dissolve half a teaspoonful of baking soda in a little hot water, while you stir about three-quarters of a cupful of hot water into the cake; when it is well stirred put in the soda and mix it in well. Pour into well greased baking-tins and put in the oven ; watch carefully, as it is apt to burn.
One quart of molasses, one pound of sugar, half-pound of butter, half-pound of lard, quarter-pound of ginger, one tablespoonful of allspice and cloves mixed, two tablespoonfuls of cinnamon, spoonful of soda, and as much flour as will roll them out not too stiff.
One quart of molasses, one cupful of lard, two eggs, two cupfuls of sugar, half pint of sour milk, one large tablespoonful of saleratus, two tablespoonfuls of ginger, and cinnamon if you like; use as little flour as possible ; roll out, cut into cakes, and bake in a quick oven.
One cupful of butter, two cupfuls of sugar, three of flour, one of milk, two teaspoonfuls of baking powder, one teaspoonful of almond flavoring, and the whites of eight eggs. Bake in a square pan.
One cupful of brown sugar, half-cupful of molasses, half-cupful of butter, half-cupful of buttermilk, two cupfuls of flour, yolks of four eggs, one teaspoonful of Royal Baking Powder, one teaspoonful of cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg mixed.
The whites of four eggs, half-cupful of butter, half-cupful of buttermilk, two cupfuls of flour, two of sugar, one teaspoonful of baking powder.
Put a layer of white, then a layer of black cake, alternately, and bake.
Three cupfuls of flour, three eggs, one cupful of milk, quarter-pound of butter, one and a half cupfuls of sugar, two teaspoonfuls of Royal Baking Powder, rubbed dry in the flour ; flavor with extract of almond. Beat sugar and butter to a cream, then add the eggs, then flour, then milk ; put the mixture in buttered cake-pan and bake in a moderate oven. Make an icing of the whites of two well beaten eggs, enough powdered sugar to stiffen it. Spread on the cake while hot.
Grate the rind of half an orange, half-cupful of butter, one cupful of sugar, two eggs, one teacupful of milk, one tin-cupful of flour, teaspoonful and a half of baking powder, sift with the flour, and mix all together; bake in a long pan in a quick oven. Make an icing of the white of one egg, one and a half teacupfuls of pulverized sugar, and the juice of half an orange.