Friday, May 21, 2010
One Egg Wonder Cake
As I finish with the rationing recipes, I wanted to put in this wonderful One Egg Cake:
Preparations: Have the shortening at room temperature. Line bottoms of pans with paper, then grease. Start oven for moderate heat (375F) Sift flour once before measuring.
Measure into sifter:
2 cups sifted Swans Down Cake Flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
Measure into mixing bowl: 1/2 cup shortening
Measure into cup: 3/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
Have ready: 1 egg, unbeaten
Now the 'Mix-Easy' Part: Mix or stir shortening just to soften. Sift in dry ingredients; add milk and mix until all flour is dampened. Then beat 2 minutes. Add egg and beat 1 minute longer.
(Mix cake by hand or at a low speed of electric mixer. Count only actual beating time. Or count strokes. Allow about 150 full strokes per minute. Scrape bowl often.)
Baking: Turn into prepared pans. Bake in two 8-inch layers or in a 9x9x2 inch pan in moderate oven (375F) 25 minutes, or until done. Or bake in greased cupcake pans 20 minutes.
**To save sugar, use 1/2 cup corn syrup or honey and 1/2 cup sugar and decrease milk to 2/3 cup. Combine syrup and milk.
Praline Cake: Combine 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, 1/3 cup chopped nuts, 3 tablespoons melted butter, and 1 tablespoon water. Spread on hot baked 9x9x2 inch cake in pan. Return to oven and bake 5 minutes longer.
There are many variations on this, including several 'Lunch Box Surprises.' Here is my favorite of those, Coconut Cakes:
Mix One-egg Wonder Cake. Divide batter in halves and make any two of the variations listed, using greased cup-cake or 8x8x2 inch pans. Bake in moderate oven (375F) 18 minutes, or until done. Each half makes 12 medium cup cakes or 12 bars. For the Coconut Cakes: Turn half of batter into greased pan and sprinkle with 3/4 cup Baker's Premium Shred Coconut.
All three of my boys are home sick today. J came home with a high fever from school; O coughed a lot of the night, and my husband has a fever. Should be an interesting day. I can see I'll need to bake to stay sane around here!