Saturday, February 20, 2010

Nothin' Says Lovin' somethin' from the oven!

Homesick Texan Twittered this recipe the other day. If you didn't make something special for your Man on Valentine's, here's the perfect recipe!

Hungry Man's Lard Cake
Source: Farm Journal's Timesaving Country Cookbook (1961)
"A big cake to carry in pan to picnic or lunch in the field--made by Grandma's creaming method"
1 1/4 cups lard
2 1/2 cups sugar
6 eggs
5 1/2 cups sifted flour
8 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla

Cream lard 1 minute; add sugar; cream until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Sift together dry ingredients. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk and vanilla; beat until well mixed.
Pour into greased and floured pan (10" x 14").
Bake in moderate oven (375*) about 35 minutes. When cool, spread with caramel or chocolate-fudge frosting made from a packaged mix.


  1. Lard! Now there's a blast from the past. I'll bet this cake is delish - ya can't beat "Grandma's creaming method"! :) -Tammy

  2. I'm going to have to try this one. Anything with lard, butter, or bacon grease is right up my alley and bound to be yummy!

  3. Sure I'll make this for him...if I am trying to give him a heart attack. Lol. Lard make work great but oh my the arteries are closing.

  4. Love the old recipes ... today I was sorting thru Mother's & MILs old recipe boxes ... what memories & fun browsing.

    Have a beautiful weekend.
    Hugs, Marydon

  5. You and I have been on the same 'wave' here lately.. I too baked this afternoon, but a lemon vanilla pound cake.. oo'lala

    I still use lard in my bread and other things like pie crusts.

    with love,

  6. This sounds so good, I love the old ways of cooking..always so good! :D

  7. I'm with Lori E. No lard in any of my recipes. I just can't bring myself to do it.

    I remember my grandma frying bread in bacon fat after the bacon was cooked. I also remember how delicious it was. Amazingly, It doesn't seem to have hurt me, health wise.

    Those were the days! What we didn't know, didn't hurt us,right?

  8. I haven't greased a baking pan in 6 months. Shame on me. This looks like a perfect recipe to jump back on the band wagon with :)

  9. This is such a nice bake which I don't see you bake much! hehe...

  10. I see some of you thought I actually would make this cake! I thought it was funny, not recommending lard. But you know, I heard Dr. Oz the other day say that lard has 1/2 the saturated fat as butter...
    joycee at grannymountain


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