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1858 English Spiced Cake

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“I found this recipe in an old church cookbook submitted by Mrs. William G. Hagar, with a note that this was her great-grandmother's recipe from England in 1858. I have not tried it yet, but I like the sound of it for gifts around the holidays. It is posted exactly as it is written in the book. I am assuming the recipe uses standard loaf pans, but this recipe makes 6, so you may need to purchase foil pans.”
3hrs 20mins
6 loaves

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 250*.
  2. Cream shortening with sugar and eggs.
  3. Sift flour, cream of tartar and baking powder together in a deep bowl.
  4. Add fruits, spices and salt.
  5. Add shortening mixture to dry mixture.
  6. Add milk and molasses mixed with baking soda and stir all around.
  7. Pour into greased loaf pans and bake for 3 hours.

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