Yesterday’s recipe from the 1906 Berlin Cook Book required 2 egg yolks. This left me with 2 egg whites so I’m using them tonight to make Mrs. P. Utley’s Silver Cake despite the hot weather.
Like many of the recipes in the cook book, this is a list of ingredients without any method. In such cases I base the method on basic cake baking techniques and the ones described at the beginning of the Cake section. I quoted them on Day 159. I creamed the butter and sugar together and then added the milk. As frequent readers know now, sweet milk is just regular milk instead of sour milk. I mixed the baking powder with the flour and added it next. Finally I beat the egg whites and folded them into the cake batter. Finally it was time to choose the flavour. I decided to add some lemon extract to the cake. I poured the batter into a greased cake pan and baked for 40 minutes at 350 degrees F.
Mrs. P. Utley was a little hard to find since it appears the surname was misspelled in th cook book. Once again I am grateful for the amazing Waterloo Generations website and its flexible search feature. Peter James Uttley was married to Catherine Oberer. She is listed as 24-year-old Catie in the 1901 census and Peter is 26 and works as a fireman. Their son Clarence is just 1-year-old. They live in the town of Waterloo. Later sons Laurier and Harold are born. I think I can guess Peter’s political affiliation! Catherine wouldn’t be able to vote. The 1911 census has Catherine as Kate and her heritage is German. The rest of the Uttley’s are listed as English. The family lives at 181 Joseph street in Berlin and they are all Lutherans. Peter is an engineer.
After nearly half a year of cooking and baking from the Berlin Cook Book, I really can not imagine using a cake mix again. Mrs. Utley’s (Uttley) Silver Cake is better than anything from Betty Crocker and her kin and is almost as easy to prepare. At least with this cake a child can pronounce and recognize all the ingredients and most are grown in Waterloo Region! The recipe filled one round cake pan … enough for a family cake. As a historic cook I have many options for flavouring Silver Cake but modern cooks can let their imaginations run wild. I thought Silver Cake was going to be boring but it time travelled successfully.
1/2 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup sweet milk, 2 cups flour, whites of 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, flavoring.