Food Recipes: Butterless Cake

I know what you’re thinking. How can you make a cake and not have any butter in it? Well, it’s possible. And it tastes pretty good, if I do say so myself. This recipe goes all the way back to World War I – an era where everyone was all about conserving food in order to give the most to our soldiers on the front, fighting for our safety. Therefore, when temptation gets the best of the people during this time period, they whip up a butterless cake. It’s also called War Cake or Unemployment cake. I made this for my World War I project a couple weeks ago and topped it off with some cream cheese frosting leftover from the Red Velvet cake I made a couple days before.  My whole cake was gone by the time school was over…..So if you’re in the mood to take a trip to the past or just want a guilt-free dessert, keep reading! Recipe adapted from the cookbook Forgotten Recipes by Jaine Rodack.

So here’s the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 egg, separated
  • 2/3 c sugar
  • 1/2 c evaporated milk (Recommended, but use regular milk if you don’t have it. It still turns out great. 🙂 )
  • 1 c flour
  • 2 level teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp lemon extract 

Instructions: 

  1. Beat the egg yolk in a large bowl until light and fluffy. 
  2. While beating, gradually add in the sugar and the milk. Mix until combined.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together. (Flour, baking soda, and salt.)
  4. Mix in the leftover egg white and the lemon extract to the large bowl, stirring until combined.
  5. Slowly add in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until all have been mixed in.
  6. Pour batter into a loaf pan.
  7. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 30-35 minutes. Check to see if the cake is done by sticking a toothpick in the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, then the cake is ready. If the toothpick comes out with bits of batter stuck to it, bake for an additional 2-3 minutes, but keep an eye on it to prevent over-baking.
  8. Let the cake cool for 20-30 minutes.
  9. Frost the top of the cake with cream cheese frosting.

That’s it! It’s a pretty easy recipe to follow for a delicious guilt-free cake. Let me know what you guys think!

Happy baking,

Cinnamon Roll.

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