A short time ago, a reader wrote me to ask for help finding a missing recipe. That recipe, which was for a chocolate raisin cake, was found by an eagle-eyed reader. But while the search was ongoing, one of my colleagues — occasional Fridge Magnet contributor Caitlin Saniga — sent me a fascinating old recipe in her grandmother’s handwriting.
This recipe is for a prune cake topped with coffee icing. I know a lot of folks wrinkle their noses when they hear the word “prune,” but I love prunes and think they probably make for a very moist and delicious cake. The icing is made with egg whites in a double boiler.
If you’re interested in trying out a very different cake recipe this season, here’s one for you. I transcribed the recipe and added a few notes based on my limited knowledge of baking (my notes are in brackets). I’ve also attached a photo of the recipe, as you can see, because I love seeing recipes in the original cook’s handwriting.
What have you been baking lately? Are you sticking to your family’s traditional favorites or have you experimented with something new?