Anne Raver's Grandma's Black Walnut Cake

Anne Raver's Grandma's Black Walnut Cake
Yield: 12 servings
Time: 1 hour

Edible Heirloom: Grandma Raver's Cake
My grandmother Grace Raver made a basic cake, which was invariably light and moist. She flavored it with what the seasons allowed: ground black walnuts in fall, fresh grated orange and lemon with a bit of juice, for an orange-and-lemon cake. The quantities of the additions have been lost to time, but her basic recipe appears below. ANNE RAVER

3 large eggs
3/8 cups shortening
2 cups sugar
2-1/4 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1-2/3 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla

Beat eggs to creamy fullness. Cream the shortening and sugar. Add eggs, beating all to smoothness. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together 3 times.

Heat milk with vanilla to wrist temperature. Add alternately with flour, using spatula to blend all smoothly.

Turn a mixer on high, and beat 1 minute. Without stirring, pour mixture into a well-greased floured tube pan. Bake one hour at 350° F.

Laura J


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