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Mrs. Edison’s Old Fashioned Recipe for Hickory Nut Cake

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 18th

Old Fashioned Recipe for Hickory Nut Cake

 Thomas Edison’s favorite, according to a letter from John Randolph, dated April 2, 1903.

1 ½ cups of sugar
1 cup of butter scaint
1 cup of milk
3 cups of flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
8 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pint chopped nuts
1 ½ cups pulverized sugar

Cake  Mix sugar and butter scaint until a cream.  Combine with milk, flour, baking powder, 6 egg whites beaten very stiff and vanilla.  Ad the nuts, mix all together and bake in a moderate oven.

Frosting  Let 1 ½ cups pulverized sugar boil until when put in cold water it becomes brittle.  Beat the 2 egg whites until very stiff and add the sugar and beat until it gets cold.  Flavor to taste.


The Edisons’ recipes
were written during their lifetime, therefore the directions, measurements and styles of the recipes reflect the period in which they lived and their personal tastes.  Because the recipes are original for the times, you will want to read them carefully and experiment liberally.  We know you will enjoy a look at heir lives as well as their scrumptious recipes.

Our collection of vintage recipes can be found in Edison’s Family & Friends Recipes which is available in the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Museum Store or online at http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/store/Edisons-Family-Friends-Recipes.html.

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