Old recipes are where it’s at.
You know, people keep them around for a reason, right? It’s because they either sounded good at the time, they are good, or they’re time-tested and proven. Back in October 2010 when we celebrated the life of my Papa in Oklahoma I had the chance to go through a ton of old recipes from my great-grandparents’ house. Though I couldn’t take them with me, we did take photos of them all and slowly but surely are working our way through the deliciousness.
The recipe title is actually “$150 Waldorf Astoria Cake” but I took the price tag off…Lord knows it would cost so much more now! But let’s not talk about money – no, no – we’re here to talk cake. RED cake. RICH cake. Cake that will make you tastebuds dance with joy. Cake that will land you your dream job, dream spouse, and dream car.
OK, maybe that last sentence isn’t true. Or maybe it is. You have to be the one to test it out!
I know I usually write out the recipes at the bottom of posts, but I just love how this recipe card looks. It’s clear and every ingredient is measured out perfectly. The only thing I didn’t use was the coconut on the frosting because I just didn’t have any. If you have it I say go for it!
P.S. Can we talk about the frosting and how you thicken the milk with flour before beating it into the sugar/butter mixture? It’s techniques like that that you don’t see very often that I love. Makes me feel all old-timey and warm inside. Plus it’s one of those things that you do and the whole time pray, “Dear Lord, please don’t let me screw this up. I’m screwing it up. Uh-oh, gotta go!”
Or, you know, something like that. Ish.
But then magically it all comes together and you have this rich, creamy, white icing that you thought you were going to mess up and now it looks like a fluffy blanket from heaven. You want to both nap on it and eat it.