Lemon Cake Recipes from 1873

Lemon Cake Recipes from 1873

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These lemon cake recipes are found in a recipe book published in 1873 named Grand Rapids Receipt Book.  This is a recipe book complied by the ladies of the Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This recipe book also contains measurement conversions for a tumbler that I will add to the measurement conversion page.  One tumbler is equal to one cup.


Mrs. Gregory’s Lemon Cake Recipe

1/2 tumbler sweet milk, 1 tumbler sugar, 2 tumblers flour, 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons melted butter, 2 teaspoons baking powder; bake in thin sheets, with frosting flavored with one grated orange or lemon.

Mrs. E. G. Gregory




Mrs. Camp’s Lemon Cake Recipe

2 cups of sugar, 2 cups of flour, 4 eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder; bake in sheets with the following mixture spread between each layer.  The grated rind and juice of 2 lemons, and the whites of 2 eggs beating with 1/2 cup sugar.

Mrs. O. S. Camp



Mrs. Pierce’s Lemon Jelly Cake Recipe

1 cup sugar, 4 eggs, butter size of an egg, 1 cup flour, 3/4 sweet milk, 2 teaspoon baking powder.  Jelly for cake – 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 large apple grated, 1 lemon grated, beat together and cook till quite thick.

Mrs. Silas K. Pierce



Miss McConnell’s Lemon Cake Recipe

1 teacup butter, 3 of sugar, 5 eggs beaten separately, 1 cup milk, 1 teaspoon soda, juice and grated rind of 1 lemon, 4 cups sifted flour.

M. McConnell

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