This section is from the book "Mrs. Rorer's Vegetable Cookery And Meat Substitutes", by Sarah Tyson Rorer. Also available from Amazon: Mrs. Rorer's Vegetable Cookery And Meat Substitutes.......
1/2 cupful butter
1 cupful water
1 1/2 cupfuls sugar
2 1/2 cupfuls flour
2 teaspoonfuls baking-powder
Cream the butter; add gradually the sugar. Add the water, the flour and the baking-powder, sifted. Beat continuously for five minutes. Fold in the well beaten whites. Add a teaspoonful of bitter almond flavoring, and bake in three layers.
Filling - Whip a pint of cream to a stiff froth. Add a half cupful of powdered sugar, a teaspoonful of vanilla, half a cupful of shredded citron and half a cupful of seeded layer raisins cut into halves. When the cake is cold, put between the layers a thick layer of this filling. Dust the top with powdered sugar. If cream is not at hand, boiled icing may be used in its place.