Thursday, June 7, 2012


We have a birthday celebration in our family and tomorrow my children, their spouses, my Miss K and my Mr. AGPMan and I will gather together inside my La Chaumière de Briarwood and eat cake! crazy as it may sound there are more
in my family than
(much to my hubby's dismay!)
and so in the morning I'll be baking a
in honor of my beautiful son-in-love, Micah's,
28th birthday!!!

He truly has become my second son!
I've mentioned to you before how much I love the vintage Woman's Home Companion Cookbook my mother gave me years ago!  I go to that amazing 60 year old recipe filled book for nearly everything.  
Today I'm sharing with you a recipe first published in 1941 (my cookbook edition is from 1955) for our family's favorite non-chocolate cake!   It is soooo yummy and it's fabulous with most any icing! 


Cake Flour, 2 cups
Baking powder, 3 teaspoons
Salt, 1/2 teaspoon
Shortening, 1/2 cup
Sugar, 1 1/4 cups
Egg whites, 4
Vanilla, 1 teaspoon
Milk, 2/3 cup

Sift Flour; measure; add baking powder 
and salt, sift again.

Cream shortening; add sugar gradualy;
cream together until light and fluffy.

Add unbeaten egg whites and beat thor-
oughly; add vanilla.

Add dry ingredients alternately with the
milk, stirring only enough after each addi-
to blend thoroughly.  Do not beat.

Pour into 2 greased 8-inch layer pans.

Bake in a moderate over (375 degrees F)
about 25 minutes.

When cool frost with your favorite icing!



I'm back in my studio today painting more old finds.  I'm FINALLY getting around to finishing up some things I started many, many moons ago.  

See the vintage pink rose cake cover at the top?  Well...I base painted it back in 2010!  OH MY GOSH!  I think I'm a little behind in finishing some projects, don't you?  Finally added the hand painted pink roses last night and it's going on my website today!!!
( it's SOLD!).

Better late than never!

My friend, Sandi, over at Rose Chintz Cottage
 has been featured in Romantic Homes.  I'm sooo excited for her and hope you'll pop over to her sweet sight and say

CONGRATS!  Beautiful lady...if you don't know about her or her bloggie you are in for a real treat!

Love to you...


Anonymous said...

Hi Rebecca! Happy Birthday to your SIL! I love me some white cake too. I love your cake 'hood'! I found one the other day just like yours but of course it was in it's original state! I bought it for $3 and wanted to paint it and maybe stencil or add rub ons. Oh, how I wish I could paint those gorgeous roses like you. It's beautiful.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

NanaDiana said...

Love your painted cake carrier. It is just so sweet with the roses on it. Congrats on getting some things finished up.

Our family is a white cake family, too...although I do have a marble cake once in a while for the couple of people that do like chocolate cake.

Blessings to you and Happy Birthday to your sil. xo Diana

Unknown said...

Unfortunately, my cake eating days are over unless it is GF! :(
Your roses are so spectacular. Where/how did you learn to paint?

Unknown said...

I started to say, "I want it!" and you said, "Sold." Love, love this post. It is beautiful and the photos pull it all together so perfectly.

Lisalulu said...

i love white cake but mostly WHITE FROSTING

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Oh my love that cake carrier. It is gorgeous.
Happy Birthday to your sweet SIL.
I hope his day is great which I know he will enjoy your cake.
Now I am hungry for cake but I started a vegan diet this week so won't be having cake. lol
I am having a giveaway tonight sponsored by Novica. I hope you can come by and put your name in the hat.

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

I'm a confessed Chocoholic, lol :) though I do like white cake too. I'm not surprised that your beautifully rose painted cake topper sold so quickly! I know I cherish the things that I have purchased from you, and love displaying them in my home :)

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Unknown said...

Hey sweet friend!
Love your cake cover..and i am so glad to find out that i am not the only one with oddles of things ready to paint that seem to sit for a while..must make myself paint roses, but i keep finding other things to
Wishing your sil happy birthday! Have fun with your fam!
Big hugs and blessings"

Theresa said...

Yummy, white cake:). I like chocolate too... So make both:). Beautiful cake dome, as is everything you create! Have a blessed evening, hugs!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Most of our family also loves white cake. Not chocolate lovers here. Besides..white cake is so much prettier!:)

Unknown said...

So cool to see my button on someone else's blog. Thanks! My email button on my blog should work but just in case it does not...
dancing tea cup at g mail dot com

and yes, Plum Gallery was so neat, but Patina just about knocked my socks off! (previous posts)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,

Congrats with the birthday of your son-in-love, Micah!
Enjoy your white cake tomorrow. Great cake cover you show here.

Blessed Serendipity said...

You paint beautifully! Love that cake cover. Now go have a piece of cake.


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello sweet Rebecca,
Before I say anything I must tell you that it is such a blessing to visit you and hear "Give Me Jesus" playing! Even my hubby came in and asked me who had the wonderful music playing!

What a pretty cake carrier and Happy Birthday to your dear SIL! I'm sure everyone will enjoy your scrumptious white cake tomorrow.

Now, I must tell you, dear friend, that you are so kind to mention me in your post and it has brought tears to my eyes. You are so sweet and gracious to have done so. Thank you and the Lord bless you.

Love and hugs,

Donna said...

Happy B'day to your SIL! The cake cover is gorgeous with the painted flowers. I love white cake too!

Lululiz said...

I am not surprised the cake cover sold straight away, it is so beautiful!
Thank you so much for the delicious cake recipe as well. Thats gone right to the top of my to do list.

Donna said...

I'm not at all surprised that your cake cover sold right away, it's gorgeous! And you have me drooling over the white birthday cake:) Have a great party! And how exciting for your friend to be featured in Romantic Homes, my favorite magazine!!

Julie Marie said...

LOVE homemade white cakes!... and your cake carrier is so pretty... I looked at your website and most everything is SOLD!... not surprised how fast it sells, it is all so beautiful!... xoxo Julie Marie

Dolores said...

White cake is my favorite..... I love your beautiful hand painted cake carrier.
Happy birthday to your SIL.
Hugs ...

TinaTx said...

Well, I guess I'm a day late and a dollar short since the cake cover is sold! It would have been so lovely over the chocolate cake I made this afternoon! :)
Saw your comment over at Sheila's - enjoy the concert! We have seen him in concert twice!

EllenaElizabeth said...

I think I prefer a white cake to chocolate too. My Dad definitely does as well. I have never seen a cake recipe like the one you shared, it's so unusual to leave out the yolks. It looks interesting enough to try I think. Happy celebrating with your family.

Deanna said...

1955 was a super duper year! My birth year....yep. Great year. What a neat name for a book. Thank you for the recipe...will hopefully try this.

My mom likes to fix chocolate cake with white frosting. Brings me great memories.
God bless,

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