Happy Tuesday Sweets,
This recipe came out of “The Pocket Cook Book” by Elizabeth Woody (and members of the Food Staff of McCall’s Magazine) published in 1942.
This book is a really cute small book that is famous for being well priced “and yours for a price so small that you can afford to keep on upstairs and one down” – that’s what it actually says in the introduction.
This book has EVERYTHING you could ever want to make (at least in 40s in the USA).
When I opened it, I quickly came upon “Boiled Frosting” & so many varieties of it. I personally have never heard of it, but when sharing it with my friends some said that heard of it and make it often. Well then of course I had to try my hand at it!
With it, I also made something from the cake section called “Inexpensive White Cake Layers”
– 1/3 cup shortening
– 3/4 cup sugar
– 1 1/2 cup cake flour
– 2 teaspoons baking powder
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup milk
– 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
– 3 egg whites
Cream together shortening and sugar. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add alternately with milk to creamed mixture. Add alternately with milk to creamed mixture. Add almond extract. Beat egg whites stiff; fold it. Pour into 2 greased 8″ layer pans. Bake in moderately hot oven (375 F). 25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Remove layers from pans; cool on wire rack.
This was a very interesting, very fake almondy flavored cake, but it wasn’t the WORST!
As for the Boiled Frosting! It is SO COOL!
It has the consistency of marshmallow fluff (which I’m actually a fan of!) & like I said a billion times in the video it’s super simple to make!
Brown Sugar Boiled Frosting Recipe
– 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
– 1/3 cup water
– 2 egg whites
– few grains of salt
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Boil together sugar and water 240 F. (or when small quantity dropped into cold water forms semi-firm ball). Beat egg whites stiff; gradually add sirup, beating constantly, until frosting holds shape. Add salt and vanilla extract. Makes enough to fill and frost 2 8″ cake layers.
Overall it was pretty good and a frosting (maybe not the cake so much), that I’ll make again.
Let me know if you’ve heard about boiled frosting! & send me your retro recipes to try out!
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Don’t forget to stay scrumptious!
Miss Semi Sweet
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