Witches’ Cake?

I was delighted to be interviewed for this article by Judy Buchenot on an upcoming talk I’m giving. I got to discuss some of the favorites from my collection. Kyle took some photos of me in a vintage dress for the photo.

I included the honey ketchup onions I made a few Thanksgivings ago. My family loves them – I just don’t tell them what is in them!


But moving on to a fun Halloween recipe. I’m not sure what makes this “Witches’ Cake,” perhaps the chocolate? It’s from a cookbook from the Home Bureau Women of Jersey County. It was first published in 1939, with this printing from 1959.

1 3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup shortening

2 eggs

1/2 cup sour milk

1 tsp. vanilla

4 tblsp. melted chocolate

2 cups sifted flour

1 level teasp. baking powder

1/2 teasp. baking soda

1/2 cup boiling water

Sift flour with baking powder and soda. Cream shortening, add sugar gradually, egg yolks, melted chocolate and vanilla. Add dry ingredients alternately with sour milk and water. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Bake in two large or 3 small layers, about 25 minutes at 350F. Put layers together with chocolate filling.

Chocolate Filling: 6 teasp. flour, 6 teasp. sugar, 2 teasp. cocoa: Mix with thick cream and heat.

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2 Responses to Witches’ Cake?

  1. Kristy L. says:

    You look cute in your dress, Amy! Fun looking cookbooks too. I’m pretty sure I have that tablecloth!
    I made a chocolate cake yesterday afternoon and it turned out well and was delicious. I made my husband his favorite bread pudding (recipe from Betty Crocker), so we each had a good dessert after supper last night.
    Happy Halloween!

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