Busy Day

A rather confusing and incomplete recipe for "Busy Day Cake" -

Sift 3 cups Swans Down cake flour, 4 teaspoons Calumet baking powder, 1/4 t. salt, 2 cups sugar three times.

10 t. melted butter a little cool
4 eggs fill cup with milk then add 1 cup more milk
1 t. vanilla

Put all together abd beat three minutes, bake in 3 layers 25 minutes

Found in "Better Homes and Gardens Encyclopedia of Cooking, Volume 10" published by BHaG, 1973.

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  1. I had to laugh - I think I made something similar to this often when I was growing up.

  2. Love how cooks write in a sort of shorthand! I caught some of it right way (three times=Sift dry ingredients three times). The eggs/milk line took me a second (Put four eggs into a cup measure and top off with milk). It's fairly standard to mix wet ingredients together and then add to dry, so grouping the wet and dry tells an experienced cook to do that. It's a "busy day" cake because it doesn't include the usual step of adding flour and wet ingredients alternately, a little at a time, to the creamed fats and sugar--something I wouldn't have known six months ago, before I made my first traditional layer cake from scratch.