Groom's Cake

1 pound butter.

1 pound sugar.

1 pound browned flour.

3 1/2 pounds currants.

2 1/2 pounds raisins.

1/2 pound citron.

10 eggs.

1/2 teaspoon soda.

1/2 cup molasses.

1/2 gill rose-water.

1/2 ounce mace.

1/2 ounce cinnamon.

1/4 ounce cloves.

1 nutmeg.

Bride's Cake

3/4 pound butter.

1 pound sugar.

1 pound flour.

Whites 16 eggs.

1/2 teaspoon soda.

1 1/2 teaspoons cream tartar.

1 teaspoon peach flavor.

Cream the butter and sugar. Have the whites of eggs beaten to stiff froth by some one else. Put together, and before stirring add the flour sifted with the cream of tartar.

Stir very gently, do not beat - add the flavor, then the soda dissolved in a spoon of vinegar. Stir the batter one way only, and bake in a moderate oven.

See Weights and Measures, page 151, if you have no scales.

Wedding Cake

Mrs. W. F VanBergen.

1 pound sugar. 1 pound butter. 1 pound flour. 1 pound citron. 3 pounds raisins.

3 pounds currants.

24 large eggs or 30 small ones. 1 gill rose-water.

1 cup molasses.

4 nutmegs.

3 teaspoons cloves 3 teaspoons cinnamon. 3 teaspoons allspice.

Plum Cake

Miss Fannie DeBell, Mt. Carmel, Ky.

2 cups butter. 2 cups sugar.

Cream together; then add 12 eggs; leave out 2 whites. Beat separately, then mix. Add 2 cups flour.

2 pounds currants.

2 pounds raisins.

1/2 pound citron.

1/2 pound dates.

1/2 pound almonds, weighed before shelling.

Juice of 3 lemons in a cup; fill cup with rose-water or clear water. Dredge the fruit with flour after chopping it fine. Stir all together and add 1/2 ounce of mace. 1 teaspoon cloves. 1 ounce cinnamon. 1 nutmeg grated.

And just as you put in the oven add 1 teaspoon soda dissolved in 1 tablespoon molasses, If the cake is to be iced put the icing on while the cake is warm. The almonds should be blanched and chopped as directed on page 219.

Fruit Cake

Mrs. E. B. Baldwin. 2 pounds flour. 2 pounds sugar. 2 pounds butter. 6 pounds currants. 4 pounds citron, 10 pounds raisins. 1 pound almonds. 20 eggs.

1 gill rose-water. 1 ounce mace.

1 ounce cinnamon. 1/2 ounce cloves.

2 nutmegs.

The yellow of 3 fresh lemons grated. Beat the butter to a cream; add the sugar; beat with the hand until very light; add the rose-water, then add the eggs (they must be well beaten), and the flour; next, the spices, lemon, and blanched almonds, chopped fine. Lastly add the fruit, dredged with a little flour. The raisins should be chopped not very fine, and the citron shredded fine. Bake from 4 to 6 hours.

Fruit Cake

Mrs. Orson Potter, Bloomington, Ill.

2 pounds butter.

2 pounds sugar.

3 pounds flour.

2 pounds currants.

2 pounds raisins. 1 1/2 pounds citron.

3 cups molasses. 20 eggs.

1 teaspoon soda.

2 teaspoons cream tartar.

1 tablespoon powdered mace.

1 tablespoon cinnamon.

2 teaspoons cloves. 2 grated nutmegs.

This cake will serve 40 persons. It will make 2 large or 3 medium-sized loaves.