Well, here it is. We posted the recipe earlier … but here’s the photo of the finished product that was baked in these fantastic tins that were made right in the Greenfield Village Tin Shop. The cake is one of many lovely period recipes on display at the Ford Home — and other homes throughout the village — during Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village. Tonight is the final night this year. Tickets are still available. (The event sold out yesterday, so be sure to purchase before you come out.)
Let me just say: One pound of butter and 10 eggs! That’s one serious cake.
The historic cake recipe is from page 78 of the Buckeye Cookery, published in 1877; and the frosting recipe is on page 73.
I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking the recipe for the cake is bound to leave some of us modern-day cooks scratching our heads with questions like, “Wait. Bake? At what temperature?” and “What? For how long?”
It’s a good thing the period presenters who baked this lovely wonder in that wood stove knew just what they were doing. Their success has been admired by many appreciative visitors to Holiday Nights this year. Me included.
Kristine Hass is a writer and a long-time member of The Henry Ford. She frequently blogs about her family’s visits to America’s Greatest History Attraction.