This section is from the book "Mrs. Allen's Cook Book", by Mrs. Ida C. Bailey Allen. See also: The Conscious Cook: Delicious Meatless Recipes That Will Change the Way You Eat.
Make a plain One-Egg Cake, baking it in two thin, round layers. When cold, put together with a filling made as follows:
Mix 3 1/2 tablespoonfuls corn starch with 6 tablespoon-fuls sugar. Add 1 1/4 cupfuls boiling water, and cook two minutes, stirring constantly. Then add 1 tablespoonful butter, 1 egg yolk and 2 tablespoonfuls of lemon juice, beaten together, and stir until well-thickened, about five minutes. Cool somewhat, and then put between the layers, spread some on top and cover with a meringue made from the egg whites, whipped with 1 tablespoonful of powdered sugar. Set in a slow oven to brown, and serve cold, preferably the next day, when the filling will have permeated the cake.
1/4 cupful butter
1 cupful sugar
1/4 teaspoonful soda
Grated rind 1/2 orange
1/2 cupful orange juice
Cream the butter, and stir in the orange rind, salt, sugar and eggs, well-beaten; add the soda to the orange juice. Sift the baking powder into the flour, and mix the dates with 2 tablespoonfuls of extra flour. Add the flour mixture alternately to the batter with the orange juice, stir in the dates, and bake in two layer-cake pans in a moderate oven. Put together with orange filling. If one of the layers is sprinkled with finely-chopped candied orange peel before baking, there will be no necessity of icing the cake.