The mixing and baking of cake requires more care and judgment than any other branch of cookery; notwithstanding, it seems the one most frequently attempted by the inexperienced.
To butter and fill pans, grease pans with melted fat, applying the same with a butter brush. If butter is used, put in a small saucepan and place on back of range; when melted, salt will settle to the bottom; butter is then called clarified. Just before putting in mixture, dredge pans thoroughly with flour, invert, and shake pan to remove all superfluous flour, leaving only a thin coating which adheres to butter. This gives to cake a smooth under surface, which is especially desirable if cake is to be frosted. Pans may be lined with paper. If this is done, paper should just cover bottom of pan and project over sides. Then ends of pan and paper are buttered.
In filling pans, have the mixture come well to the corners and sides of pans, leaving a slight depression in the centre, and when baked the cake will be perfectly flat on top. Cake pans should be filled nearly two thirds full if cake is expected to rise to top of pan.
One cup brown sugar, one-half cup butter, one-half cup sweet milk, two eggs, two cups flour, one teaspoon soda dissolved in a little warm water and then added to the milk. Make a cream of one cup grated chocolate, two-thirds cup brown sugar, one-half cup sweet milk, yolk of one egg, and one teaspoon vanilla. Cook up until like cream, and mix into above cake. Bake in slow oven in two layers, or in one shallow pan; frost with a white frosting, or the following -
CHOCOLATE FROSTING. Put enough water over a cup of white sugar to dissolve it; grate into it two squares of chocolate, and boil until thick enough to spread. Put on cake when cool.
One cup coffee A or light brown sugar, one-half cup butter, two cups flour, one cup blackberry jam, three eggs, three tablespoons sour cream, one teaspoon soda, two teaspoons cinnamon, one-half a nutmeg. Put in the ingredients in the order given. Bake in layers, and finish with boiled icing.
Grate one-half cup chocolate; mix with one-half cup milk, yolk of one egg, one cup pulverized sugar, one teaspoon vanilla. Boil until chocolate and sugar are melted. Let this cool while making cake from one cup sugar, one-half cup butter, one-half cup milk, two cups flour, two eggs, two teaspoons baking powder; add to this the boiled chocolate, and bake in layers.
FILLING. Boil two cups granulated sugar and six tablespoons water until it threads; then stir into it the whites of two eggs, well beaten. Flavor with vanilla.
DELICIOUS CHOCOLATE CAKE.
Three-fourths cup butter, two cups sugar, one cup sweet milk, three scant cups flour, three teaspoonfuls baking powder; lastly, the whites of five eggs, beaten to a stiff froth. Bake in layers.
ICING. Boil two cups of sugar to a taffy; add the white of one egg, beaten to a stiff froth and one ten cent cake of German chocolate, grated. Beat the icing continually while stirring in the white of egg and until it is almost cold.