my great-grandma catherine may's favorite cake

★★★★★ 2 Reviews
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By Ellen Bales
from Indianapolis, IN

I found this in an old recipe book that belonged to my mother, who was born in 1906. Her grandmother, my great-, Catherine Dipboye May, was born in 1850. This is her favorite cake, also known as Rochester Cake.

★★★★★ 2 Reviews
serves 8
prep time 20 Min
cook time 30 Min

Ingredients For my great-grandma catherine may's favorite cake

  • 1/2 c
    shortening
  • 1 1/2 c
    sugar
  • 2
    eggs
  • 3 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 2 tsp
    cinnamon
  • 1 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1 tsp
    nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 c
    sour milk (may substitute buttermilk)
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
  • 1 pkg
    (8 oz.) cream cheese
  • 1 box
    powdered sugar
  • 1/2 stick
    butter (do not use margarine!)
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla
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How To Make my great-grandma catherine may's favorite cake

  • 1
    Cream the shortening with the sugar and beat until fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Add flour, soda, salt and spices alternately with sour milk; beat thoroughly.
  • 2
    Pour batter into 2 greased layer cake pans (or a 13x9" baking pan). Bake for 30 minutes in a 350-degree oven or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • 3
    To make frosting, combine ingredients in medium bowl and mix well. Carefully spread on cooled cake. You may sprinkle some chopped pecans or walnuts over top of frosting if you like.

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