- Yield 15 servings
A simple white cake recipe, compatible with any frosting
"My husband and I recently purchased a 170-year-old house. While I was cleaning away decades of dust, I found this old recipe beneath the floorboards. It was written with a quill pen and dated Sept. 3, 1898. It was simply titled 'layered cake,' with no baking instructions. I gave it a try, and it's the best cake I have ever made."
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 egg whites
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, softened or melted
- 1 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Mix flour and baking powder in a bowl and set aside.
- Then beat egg whites, butter, and sugar in another bowl (see “Tips,” below).
- Add flour mixture and milk alternately to egg mixture, mixing well.
- Bake for about 30 minutes in two greased 8 1/2-inch round pans. Top with your favorite frosting.
Tips From Our Test Kitchen: For a lighter version of this cake, cream butter and sugar, add flour mixture and milk alternately, then whip egg whites, and fold them into mixture.
Patricia Wolford, Batesville, Ind.