Coffee Cake

Recipe for coffee cake (I think). Some of the writing has faded a bit and is tough to make out:

6 cups flour
1 cup butter
1 cup of coffee prepared as from the label
1 cup molasses
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of raisins
1 teaspoon soda
Spice with cloves and cinnamon

Found in the 1886 edition of "The Centaur Almanac and Cook Book."

Here are a few more scans of that old almanac:

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Star said...

I enjoy following your blog, and this post is lots of fun. I think I'll try the coffee cake recipe, and maybe some of the others, too. Thanks.

sarita said...

What a great book! Wonder what kind of pan and temps for this cake?
Thank you for sharing these great finds with us. I have your first book, saving pennies n nickels for the second.

Lane Hill House said...

real coffee in a "coffee" cake! amazing

Lady Dragoness said...

I'm not certain what type of pan was originally used for the coffee cake, but I suspect that any pan which is large enough to hold the batter without being too big would work.

Temp, probably about 350 degrees fahrenheit; which is today's standard for most cakes. Not knowing the age of the recipe, I couldn't say what type of ovens were typically in use at the time, but I do know that the older the recipe, the less likely the temperature they were able to obtain was either stable or accurate.

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