My kitchen is still scattered but at least I can move around a little easier so I decided to try Mountain Cake. The ingredients are quite basic so I was sure I could locate them all. The recipe was contributed to the 1906 Berlin Cook Book by Mrs. Jul. Hagen.
I creamed the butter and sugar and then added the eggs. I made the milk sour by adding 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar to the 1/2 cup of milk. Then I blended the dry ingredients before adding them to the wet mixture. I like the flavour of nutmeg so I added about 1/2 teaspoon of grated nutmeg. I spooned the cake batter into a greased cake pan and baked at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. It smelled great as it was baking.
Mrs. Jul. Hagen (Louisa Caroline Stuckhardt) submitted a number of recipes to the cook book. Her husband Julius was a cutter in the nearby William Greene and Rome shirt factory and they lived with their four sons at 70 St. George street.
The cake came out perfect. It has a nice light texture and the nutmeg adds a little something different to the flavour. I would make this cake another time but I’m still not sure which icing would complement it. This is a good basic cake that I imagine Louisa serving to her family or to some friends when they came to visit.
1 cup white sugar, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup sour milk, 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon soda, and a little nutmeg.