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Simple Remedy For 'Runny' Icing Takes the Cake

To keep frosting from running down over the sides of the cake when you want to ice just the top, try fastening a double band of heavy waxed paper around the cake with toothpicks, having the paper extend up over the edges sufficiently high to hold the frosting easily, before icing is spread. Do not remove paper until frosting is sufficiently cooled and hard. 1942

Author: NEWSPAPER, The Brownsville Herald - Brownsville, Texas - September 16, 1942 09-16-1942

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Sugar Bank Cake, American

Sugar Bank Novel Idea For Saving

Pass up that second spoonful for coffee: put fresh fruits for their natural sweetness atop your morning cereal;  have honey on your grapefruit for a change - then immediately deposit the sugar you saved in a "sugar bank" made from the jar your real mayonnaise came in. It makes a game of the sugar shortage and when your mayonnaise jar is filled to the brim with the sweet stuff bake a special cake for a special event - one could go to the USO or to your favorite soldier at camp! Need recipes? Here they are:

(Worth Saving For)

Ingredients
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ squares unsweetened chocolate
  • ½ cup vitaminized margarine
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup thick buttermilk
  • ½ cup water
Preparation Instructions

Sift together flour, soda and salt, Melt chocolate over hot water; cool. Cream margarine until soft and creaming until light and fluffy. Add beaten eggs and beat mixture until smooth. Stir in vanilla and cooled chocolate. Combine buttermilk and water. Add alternately with sifted flour to creamed margarine mixture, beginning and ending with flour and beating until smooth after each addition. Line two 8-inch cake pans with wax paper and grease the sides; fill with batter. Bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees F.) for 27 to 30 minutes. Turn out onto cake racks and cool. When cool spread with any desired frosting. Makes two 8-inch layers.

Goes with: Soldiers Cake - Send This To Camp.
Contributed by The Brownsville Herald - Brownsville, Texas, 1942

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