How you can make a perfect double-quick cake every time!

Easy! Economical!


Vintage Betty Crocker “As-You-Like-It” Cake

Uses only 1 egg. Three-Way Icing lets folks choose their favorite flavor!

For success do these first:

  1. Have all ingredients room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (moderate).
  3. Grease generously and dust with flour one square pan, 9x9x2-in.
  4. Measure level for accuracy with standard measuring cups and spoons.
  5. Sift Gold Medal “Kitchen-tested” Enriched Flour, then spoon lightly into cup and level off. Do not pack.

Sift together into bowl:

1 3/8 cups (1 1/4 cups, plus 2 tbsp.) sifted Gold Medal “Kitchen-Tested” Enriched Flour
1 cup sugar
*2 tsp. double-action baking powder
*1/2 tsp. salt


+1 1/3 cup high grade shortening
2/3 cup milk
1 tsp. flavoring

Beat vigously with spoon for 2 minutes by clock (about 150 strokes per minute). You may rest a moment when beating by hand; just count actual beating time or strokes. Or mix with with electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl constantly.

Add…..1/4-1/3 cup unbeaten egg (1 large)

Continue beating 2 more minutes, scraping bowl constantly. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes in moderate oven (350 degrees F.) When cake is cool, frost as directed with 3-Way Icing (recipe below)

*If using Gold MEdal Self-Rising Flour (old in parts of the South) omit baking powder and salt.
+Such as Crisco, Spry, Swift’ning or Snowdrift.

3-Way Icing

Mix together until smooth 3 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar, 4 tbsp. cream and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. If necessary, a little more cream may be added for right consistency to spread on cake. Divide into 3 parts.  To first part, add 1 square, unsweetened chocolate (1 oz.), melted.  To second part, add grated rind of 1 orange, plus a few drops of orange food coloring. Leave third part plain. Mark cake in thirds, and frost each third with one of the icings. Sprinkle chopped nuts over section frosted with the plain icing. If you live at an altitude over 3, 000 feet, write Betty Crocker, General Mills, Minneapolis 1, Minn., for recipe adjustments. Specify recipe wanted.

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