Recipe: Christmas Cakes

  • ¼ cup of butter.
  • ½ cup of sugar.
  • ¼ cup of milk.
  • 1 egg.
  • 1 cup of flour.
  • 1 teaspoonful of baking-powder.
  • ½ teaspoonful of vanilla.

Put the butter and sugar in a bowl, and rub them together till smooth and creamy. Beat the egg without separating it, and put that in next; beat all together, then add the milk, a little at a time. Put a rounded spoonful of baking-powder in the flour and stir it well, and add that slowly, mixing as you do it; and, last, put in the vanilla. Grease some little scalloped tins, and fill them half full; bake till brown.

Mildred rubbed the butter and sugar while Brownie beat the egg; they took turns putting in the other things, and, last, Norah set the tins in the oven for them. Then the two girls rushed into the sitting-room and said, “That’s all done, Mother Blair! Now something else to cook, please!”

“But don’t forget to watch your cakes,” said Mother Blair, as she handed them a second receipt. “Open the oven door every little while just enough to peek in at them; if you forget them, they will surely burn.”

The Fun of Cooking, by Caroline French Benton (Year 1915)