Mrs. Boden’s French Cake

Mrs. Boden’s French Cake

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This French Cake recipe is a classic and timeless dessert that is sure to be a hit with everyone. Whether you’re planning a birthday celebration or a dinner party, this cake is the perfect way to cap off the evening. With its light and fluffy texture and delicate vanilla flavor, it’s a recipe that will impress your family and friends every time.

What sets this French Vanilla Cake recipe apart from others is its simple yet elegant combination of ingredients. With just a handful of basic pantry staples, you can create a cake that looks and tastes like it came from a fancy bakery.

This recipe is from a cookbook from 1889 named Treasure To Every Housewife from women in Oakland, California.  It was submitted by Mrs. Boden.

French Cake Recipe


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease two 8-inch square baking pans.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the powdered sugar and softened butter until light and fluffy.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder.
  4. Add the milk and half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, and mix until just combined.
  5. Beat the egg yolks and add them to the mixture, along with the remaining flour mixture and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
  6. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  7. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter until no white streaks remain.
  8. Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  10. Allow the cakes to cool completely in the pans before removing and frosting as desired.

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