RECIPE WEDNESDAY – Let the cake hang for an hour?

Cooking tips from the past…

“When icing a cake, the icing will not run off it a little flour is dusted on the surface of the cake.”

“Bake gingerbread in cup cake pans. When cold, cut out center, fill with cream cheese and quince jelly. Serve with coffee.”

“For flakier pie crusts add a teaspoon of vinegar to the cold water in preparing your pie dough.”

“Sugar in fried cakes, fritters, etc., should always be added to the milk—this prevents the cakes from absorbing the fat in the frying.”

“Let chocolate cake cool 5 minutes before taking it from the pan. Turn an angel food or sponge cake upside down as soon as it is removed from the oven. Let it hang for an hour. Then take from the pan.”

“One teaspoon of vanilla in cranberries is good.”


More interesting and sometimes humorous solutions and old recipes can be found in the book – VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past

Vinegar of the Four Thieves was a recipe that was known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and antifungal properties for years. It was even used to cure the Bubonic Plague. See Thomas Jefferson’s recipe in VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past


About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Mary Newton

    Love the “let it hang for an hour”. Haven’t quite figured that out?

    1. Invert the center of the tube pan on a funnel or long neck bottle. This prevents the cake from collapsing

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