Well, I‘ve finally done it! After much experimenting,
I think I have arrived at the definitive recipe for Mrs. Peters’
Birthday Cake, incorporating all the required ingredients. My thanks
to the many readers who sent in requests and often offered their
suggestions and even their own recipes. Since I wanted this to be
a “from scratch” cake, cake or lemonade mixes were ruled out. When
I recently gave the cake to a household of Seven
Silly Eaters afficianados for testing, I was amazed to hear
that the sixteen-year-old proclaimed it was the best cake she had
ever eaten! What do you think?
Mrs. Peters’ Birthday Cake
½ pound (2 sticks) sweet butter, softened
1 ½ cup granulated sugar
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted
1 cup oatmeal, quick or regular
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
4 drops red food coloring
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease 10-inch tube
2. Warm milk to 70 degrees and add 1 tablespoon of the
lemon juice. Let sit 10 minutes until milk has thickened.
3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
in eggs one at a time, blending well.
4. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in oatmeal.
5. Blend applesauce with thickened milk and red food
6. Stir dry ingredients into egg mixture alternately
with the milk/applesauce mixture, beginning and ending with dry
7. Pour batter into prepared tube pan. Set on the middle
rack of the oven and bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes, or until cake
pulls away from sides of pan and a tester inserted in the center
comes out clean.
8. Cool cake in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Remove
cake from pan.
8 to 10 portions