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1970s cake recipes nostalgia-help?

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Snakebiteandblack Thu 30-Jan-14 22:44:04

My lovely granny taught me to cook when I was a kid and before she got too old and ill to do it. She died nearly ten years ago now and her cookery books and kitchen notebooks are long since gone unfortunately.

Now that I have my own DC I want to make some of the special cakes which granny did on requests for our birthdays. My brother and I used to love these and it was always the high point of the day. If anyone on here knows these recipes or can recommend anything similar, you would make a misty-eyed cake baker very happy.

Specifically: my brother's favourite was the chocolate cake recipe from The Times cookery book- it was a chocolate sponge sandwich cake with a shiny chocolate glacé icing and glacé cherries to decorate- or toasted flaked almonds or green Angelica sticks.

My favourite cake we used to call 'chocolate orange cake', it was a denser plain sponge cake with broken up dark chocolate bits in the sponge, and I think with some orange juice or zest in the cake. It was a single-layer cake and was always made in a square tin. (Big sophistication). The icing was amazing and was why I loved it. I think now I'd call it a buttercream though I don't remember it being too rich or sickly. It had orange juice in it, orange zest and very finely grated dark chocolate on top.

Oh and she made a fantastic coffee and walnut (sandwich) cake for visitors teas which I would love to eat now as an adult. As a kid I remember not liking the strong taste of the instant coffee in the icing and worrying that the walnut halves to decorate were bitter tasting and looked like brains. That might have been a Times Cookery Book recipe also though not sure.

Anyway if you know these recipes or would recommend any other cake recipes from the 1950's- 70's I would love to hear about them.

JennyPiccolo Thu 30-Jan-14 22:56:00

Not sure about the other ones, but nigella does a coffee and walnut cake from her childhood. It's absolutely gorgeous.

Hassled Thu 30-Jan-14 22:57:44

Nigella also does a chocolate orange cake, although not as you describe.

Charity shops are good for old cookery books - may be worth a shot?

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 30-Jan-14 23:00:29

Have a look and see if you can get hold of a Be-ro book. They still make and sell flour.

I have my grandma's copy and the coffee and walnut is exactly as you describe.

figgypuddings Thu 30-Jan-14 23:03:21

I think the orange cake came from Mary Berry's Hamlyn cookery book

The coffee flavouring for the coffee cake is Camp coffee.

Damnautocorrect Thu 30-Jan-14 23:09:31

I've got that Mary berry one, I've also some lovely 70's sainsburys and marks cookbooks. I'll dig them out tomorrow and see if there's any gems!
Pineapple upside down cake?

Starballbunny Thu 30-Jan-14 23:10:30

Yes DM kept a bottle of camp coffee just for cake.

joanofarchitrave Thu 30-Jan-14 23:14:03

So I went and pulled the Times Cookery Book off my shelf grin. I was going to suggest why not getting it second hand and it is TWENTY QUID on Amazon shock. Try the library?

Having said that, I'm struggling to find the chocolate cake you mentioned. Here's the Chocolate Layer Cake one, but it uses a thicker frosting to cover - nothing stopping you just doing glace icing and cherries instead.

My MIL gave me her coffee and walnut cake recipe which is da bomb, it's actually off a Stork advert from years ago, still good. Can't immediately lay my hand on it, maybe email whoever slaps together palm oil and melted chemicals to make Stork??

Chocolate Layer Cake from Katie Stewart's Times Cookery Book
100g sr flour
1 tblspn coca
2 tblspns boiling water
100g butter
100g caster sugar
2 large eggs
half tspn vanilla essence

75g icing sugar
25g cocoa
40g butter
2 tblspn water
50g caster sugar

Sift flour to a plate, set aside; put cocoa into small basin, add boiling water, blend. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in choc. Mix eggs and vanilla, then beat into creamed mix a little at a time. Ad some flour, last few bits of egg, then fold in remaining flour. Divide mix between 2 buttered and lined 18cm shallow sponge cake tins. Bake at 180C for 25 mins in centre of oven. Cool.
Soft icing sugar and cocoa into basin. Put butter, water and sugar into a saucepan and heat gently; stir until sugar has dissolved and butter melted. Bring to boil then pour into sifted ingredients Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth then allow to cool, stirring occasionally. Use when thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Spread some between the layers to stick together, then pour over the cake, using a knife to coat. Allow to set.

Snakebiteandblack Thu 30-Jan-14 23:21:05

jenny thank you very much, I will give that a try.
hassled I will definitely keep my eye out though the ones near me seem to only get in old annuals, historical romances and autobiographies of sports blokes ... :-(
alibaba thanks for the tip. can I ask what edition/era your Be-ro book is? Just googled it and I think they are up to about the 40th Ed now. I'd probably be looking for maybe 60s or early 70s I think so would be helpful to know what I should be looking for- encouragingly ebay has quite a few!

Snakebiteandblack Thu 30-Jan-14 23:52:13

Thank you so much for your kind replies I am really touched.

figgy weep! Thank you for the tip and the link. I'm going to comb through and get an early edition of that book which looks fab. If it's the right one I will let you all know and post it here.

damn P. u-d cake-yes please do keep us posted if you find any golden oldies, that sounds great.

starball my grandparents also had a thing called elevenses where they would sometimes have friends around for coffee and that coffee and walnut cake at 11am- any excuse!

joan thank you so much for taking the time to post this- incredibly kind of you. I actually think this might be THE cake. How exciting! I will make it and see if it turns out the same way. There's something about the final line of the recipe and putting the icing on with a knife that really rings a bell. I remember my grandma doing that with this cake - she kept the knife in a glass of very hot water in between sweeps over the cake.

cake to you all - thank you!

Snakebiteandblack Fri 31-Jan-14 08:34:49

Got the 1970 edition of the Hamlyn book coming now. Very excited- even just the cover photography looks so great.

tb Thu 06-Feb-14 19:03:17

Depending on where you live, last time I went to Hay on Wye there was one book shop that seemed to almost specialise in cookery books.

I saw a lot of old friends there - dh made me throw a few out not long after we were married. I've compensated for it now, I have well over 100.

dizhin79 Fri 07-Feb-14 00:22:04

get to a Morrison's supermarket in the flour section they sell the bero cookery books. I'm pet sure they haven't changed since the 70s grin

MsAspreyDiamonds Tue 11-Feb-14 04:02:40

Mary Berry's coffee & walnut cake

PolterGoose Sat 15-Feb-14 20:12:55

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Bunbaker Sat 15-Feb-14 20:18:09

I was a teenager in the 1970s and did Home Economics O level. I remember making Black Forest Cherry Gateau, Feather iced Victoria sponge, a coffee and hazelnut cake, cheesecake and chocolate eclairs amongst other things. We did a lot of piping rosettes on cakes with buttercream or cream as well.

I agree that the Bero recipe book is a gem. Their orange frosted carrot cake is my favourite carrot cake recipe.

wildfig Sun 16-Feb-14 11:59:19

The 70s cake that I have never managed to recreate is one they used to serve at the school where my mum taught. It was so good the teachers used to reserve huge portions of it before the lunch break, so I'm not sure how much of it the kids ever got...

It was called Chocolate Floorboards, and it was basically chocolate cornflake cake, but densely compacted, with an extra more-ish crack cocaineish flavour that I think came from powdered milk? If anyone had the recipe for that I would LOVE it.

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