Posted by: marthabernie | May 3, 2013

Dr. Price’s 1887 Cook Book – More Old Cake Recipes

As I mentioned in earlier posts, I have a small cookbook that belonged to my great grandmother, who was born in 1844 and died in 1908.  She was Rebecca Frances Smith McMenus and was known in the family and around the neighborhood as “Aunt Frank”.  This little book is falling apart and I fortunately thought to copy it before it really started to crumble.  There are very few cooking instructions, and measures are by the teacupful, coffee cupful and cupful.  Of course, Dr. Price sold a complete line of baking powder and extracts, so the book was designed to get people to buy his products.   Here are a couple more cake recipes.  Flouring the currants keeps them from sinking to the bottom of the pan.


Rub three-fourths of a cup of butter and a cup of sugar to a cream; beat and add four eggs; sift together dry two cups of flour and two teaspoonfuls baking powder, and add to the same one large cupful of well-washed, dried and floured Zante currants, and flavor with one teaspoonful of extract of lemon.


One cup of brown sugar, one of molasses, one of butter, one of milk, one teaspoonful each of nutmeg and cinnamon, one teaspoonful ground cloves, three eggs, four small cups of flour and two teaspoonfuls baking powder.

Let me know if you try any of these!

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