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Date May. 7th 03:28 PM Icon 5725 Views Date 1 Reviews       


Mrs. Lee's Cake
Legend has it that as Mary Custis knelt to serve Lt. Robert E. Lee a piece of cake, he proposed marriage to her.

Twelve eggs, their full weight in sugar, a half weight in flour. Bake it in pans the thickness of jelly cakes. Take two pounds of nice "A" sugar, squeeze into it the juice of five oranges and three lemons together with the pulp. Stir in the sugar until perfectly smooth, then spread it over the cakes as you would jelly - putting one above the other till the whole of the sugar is used up. - Mrs. Robert E. Lee

Half Quantity:

6 eggs, separated
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup flour

1 1lb box confectioner's sugar, sifted, or 2 cup superfine
4 Tablespoon Orange juice plus 1 Tablespoon rind

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour bottoms only of layer pans. To mix by hand, beat yolks light, add sugar gradually, beating until very light; fold in flour, then beaten whites. To mix with a stand mixer, beat whole eggs 15 minutes in all, starting on low and increasing to high; when soft peaks form, fold in flour. Bake about 20 minutes for 3 layers, less time for more, thinner layers. To ice, follow directions in the original, reserving slightly more of the juic-and-sugar mixture for the top.

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Date May. 9th 01:54 AM

Will have to try it. I liked the description as given by Mrs. Lee.


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