Wholesome Wednesday: Rich Yellow Cake

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This is the first recipe in our new Wholesome Wednesday series.  We’re going to be bringing you some old recipes from the turn of the century through the 1940’s.  Modernizing the recipes as needed.  This recipe for Rich Yellow cake didn’t need any changing at all.  It’s a delightfully rich and flavorful yellow cake.  We made some cupcakes with it.  And I can guarantee it didn’t take much longer to throw together than it would to use a cake mix.  But the flavor and texture are so much better. 
Rich Yellow Cake


1/3 cup shortening
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1 ½ cup sugar
3 eggs
2 ¼ cup flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together shortening, softened butter and sugar till fluffy.  Add eggs.  Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl.  Add alternately with milk and vanilla.  Mix till just incorporated. 
Recipe makes:
(2) 9-inch round cake pans, grease well bake @ 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
24 cupcakes, line tins with cupcake papers bake @ 350 for 20-22 minutes.
9×13 inch pan, grease well bake @350 for 30-40 minutes.
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10 comments
kratzy
kratzy

I like the idea of using traditional recipe, adjusting them to modern ingredients as necessary. I use a lot of traditional German recipes that I got from my grandmothers. One note (and don't get me wrong, I am not one of the people obsessed with spelling) - it should be throw together, not through - I really like the images included and I think the plate used in the first image may be depression era glass or at least made in the tradition of it.

jennyjlj
jennyjlj

Looks awesome!!!!!! I have never made a cake not out of the mix!!!

An Ordinary Housewife
An Ordinary Housewife

Sounds good, but how is cake "wholesome"? Do you just mean made from scratch? DH won't allow me to make boxed cake. LOL

Cristi
Cristi

Sounds like a great cake. I try to make most things at home to avoid lucky ingredients, so i an always on the lookout for recipes like this. Thanks for sharing.

teresa
teresa

Looks yummy Will have to give it a try thanks for sharing

Alison in Arlington Heights
Alison in Arlington Heights

Don't worry about it. It's a wrong word choice that got lost when reading through the final post. And the plate is actually a piece from a set of china in my grandmothers cabinet. It's called Harkerware, not a brand I'm familiar with but I thought the the blue/grey would contrast nicely with foods.

Alison in Arlington Heights
Alison in Arlington Heights

Don't be afraid to try it. It literally took no time at all to mix it up. Bakes the same as a mix but the taste is so much better. I hope you like it.

Alison in Arlington Heights
Alison in Arlington Heights

Wholesome in that you know everything that goes in it and can feel good about feeding it to your family. I'm also using it as a reference to being an old recipe. This one is from the 40's. We'll be doing a "new" old recipe (from turn of the century through the 40's) every Wednesday. Changing them as need be. This recipe was actually perfect as is. Next week we're doing some pineapple brownies that are delish. :)

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