Depression Era Coronation Cake Recipe

Depression Era Coronation Cake Recipe


welcome friends it is Sunday morning so
we’re going to do another one of our post Depression pre-world War two
recipes and this one we’re going to make is called coronation cake from the Elm
Vale community cookbook published in 1939 and I believe the coronation that
they’re referring to is George the sixth who would have been crowned in 1936 so
this was a bit of a celebration cake but at its core it is just a very basic
raisin spice cake which i think is going to be great so I’ve got some flour into
the flour goes baking soda ground cloves ground allspice some cinnamon and I’m
going to grate in some nutmeg okay so now we just stir that together to get it
nice and mixed okay now in this bowl we’re going to cream together some
butter and brown sugar okay now I’m gonna beat in one egg what’s the egg is beaten in I’m gonna
put in some sour cream and continue beating it okay this looks pretty good tastes good too
now I’m going to slowly put in the flour probably a third of the flour at a time
mix it in put in the next third you don’t want to dump it in all at once
even though you know I’m saying that but in this book there are absolutely no
instructions it’s just a list of ingredients you’re expected to know
exactly how to mix it how all the ingredients should go together and how
to bake it there’s no baking instructions so kind of just doing it
the way I think it should be done and then the final addition is some
raisins so I’ll just stir those in okay now I’ve got a square baking pan that I
have buttered and put a parchment sling in so we’re just going to transfer our
batter to the baking pan it’s pretty thick pretty stiff okay
flatten it out and into the oven now there’s no baking instructions I’ve
chosen 350 degrees because that sounds about right
and I’m going to keep a very close eye on it to make sure that I don’t overcook
it or burn it since I don’t have a time in the meantime it’s time to clean up
mmm flavors pretty good lu lu time for cake is time for cakes
this is a coronation cake who are you crowding me Queen King George the sixth
I believe I’m not the same not the same at all so this would have been so King
George the sixth in 1936 okay this cake is written in 1939 that’s so
it would have been so it would have been and it is when you start to look at
coronation cakes this is they contain dates there’s no this is surprisingly
doesn’t but in terms of coordination cakes this one’s pretty plain most
coronation cakes are you know these multi-level Affairs yes with really
crazy icing and like very celebratory and I can see that this is celebratory
in that it has spices and raisins but celebratory on maybe uh this is what we
got in the larder this is you get this is what you’re getting to King George hmm sorry another nice tea cake yeah
it’s got ice yeah the sour cream keeps moist it is a very simple spice cake it
is something that you would have a tea there’s nothing in today’s terms there’s
nothing terribly extravagant about it it’s got great flavor I didn’t go we
sometimes overplay them and then I’ll add this simple and and yeah clear clean
and clear kind of yeah and with this with this you could mix up the spices
you could change out the spices you could emphasize some spices or
de-emphasize some depending on what you like
I get also flat peel I feel like to feel where I would go well in that I mean it
is a it is a it is a cake that you could do a lot with I kind of like this one
I’m pretty simple to make and the and the sour cream really does add something
to it I’m gonna try thanks for stopping by see you again soon you

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  1. Thanks everyone – I've edited in the missing step of adding the sour cream. Thanks for watching. If you liked it – subscribe, give us a thumbs up, comment, and check out our channel for more great recipes. Please click that share button and share with your friends on Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook. ^^^^Full recipe in the info section below the video.^^^^

  2. I suspect at the time, all the beating and mixing would have been by hand, with a wooden spoon. This would probably give you a slightly different texture since there would be less mechanical aeration.

  3. Glen, as someone who likes cooking older style recipes with less sugar and more dates/raisins/peel, and as someone who likes watching cooking shows with relaxed, easy atmosphere, I have really been enjoying your videos. Thanks a lot! πŸ™‚

  4. Well we are talking about the depression era. Maybe this cake was meant as a hopeful gesture. A celebration even if times were lean. That is something the old generation did so well, made the best out of what they had. We complain too much these days. 🀦

  5. Happy Sunday! Today I have some sourdough boules doing their final cold proof, ready for the oven later. This cake looks wonderful, can’t wait to try it, however I might try cranberries instead of raisins (I hate raisins).

  6. I lol'd when I saw him holding out the piece of teacake for 10 seconds and she didn't take it, so without talking he realized that she didn't want such a big slice so he went back and re-cut it.

  7. It is interesting to see how many recipes in these 1930s books are just a list of ingredients with no instructions. Nowadays it has gone the other way (e.g. specifying the exact tool to use to mix something together). Without even a baking temperature or time, I suspect this recipe would get passed over in the event someone else had a copy of this lying around. Which is too bad because it looks delicious. It takes someone who has made enough of these over the years to have a good enough understanding of how hot and how long to bake it (presumably more prevalent back 80 years ago).

  8. The Royals are deeply boring, checkout QE2 Coronation chicken, still a popular sandwich filler here in the UK.

  9. A suggestion for a small modification, soak the raisins in tea before adding them to the mix. The plump raisins would make the world of difference to the end result.

  10. On the subject of cakes, have you heard of the term, 'naked cake'. My aunts would call their wedding cake, because of rations, sugar and eggs. Various recipe suggestions, word of mouth, more on the line of fruit, spice type of cakes. Oh can't forget the 'cardboard ' cover over the cake.

  11. If you rehydrate your raisins, it will help stop your cake from drying out too quickly once you’ve taken in out of the oven.

    A very simple cake that would go well with a cup of tea or coffee, maybe with some butter on it.

  12. I need to dig out my mum's old community recipe book that she always used to make stuff for our school's fete each year. There's recipes for fudge, honeyconb, marshmallows (no glucose/corn syrup in sight!), date loaf, fruit cake, tuckshop cakes (cupcakes).

  13. Julie is the tasting queen πŸ‘ΈπŸΌThe cake looks delicious, Thanks GlenπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’―

  14. This coronation date was also when Britain had been in the great depression for almost a decade, so the cake being a more simple affair was probably for PR reasons as much as anything, as extravagance and excess would have been seen in very poor taste at the time.

  15. I see that Gum Drop Cake recipe next to this recipe,; and what heathen would want to omit the black gumdrops? Those are like, the best ones!

  16. Are there any WWI/Depression/WWII books that tell what to use in place of egg, for flouring, or for browning off bread?

  17. No dates? What kind of alternative universe did we fall into. Give us a sign if you’re being held hostage by alternate beings, Glen

  18. Love these old recipes so much, can't wait to try this one! Mum loved the macaroni cheese with tomato, I'm told I have to make another for the next church lunch, I suppose this would make an excellent dessert to also bring along haha

  19. Very nice looking cake, and I guess simple is nicer sometimes, I wasn't expecting sour cream, but it works, I tipping you and Julie must work out regularly, with all the cake and pizza, biscuits, beer and soda, πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ¦˜πŸ¦˜πŸ¦˜πŸ¦˜

  20. Ever made a Scottish recipe called Clootie Dumpling Glen? If you like this sort of spiced cake you might like it.

  21. Its fascinating – that fruit cake had so many variants between the Victorian era and up to the 50's – this version which is a more expensive version in comparison to the bare bones Canadian War Cake.

  22. For my family in Tennessee at the time this recipe was written even the spices called for in this recipe would have been an extravagance. Spice cakes or any cakes were only baked by my grandmother for special occasions at that time. I really like this series so much.

  23. … i believe we are really close to needing a funeral recipe …. time to say goodbye, Maybe one last mint.

  24. In the United States, this would still have been the Depression Era: using eggs, purchased sour cream and spices would have been 'special.'

  25. Small note, King George VI became king with the abdication of his brother Edward VII, 11 December 1936, but the coronation of King George VI didn't happen until 12 May 1937. So, presumably this recipe would date to May 1937. Otherwise this recipe looks great and I have enjoyed watching your videos.

  26. Hullo, Glen! Thank you for posting this lovely recipe. Reminds me of the tea loaves my grandmother would cook for Sunday evening. Sometimes we would have them with butter and sometimes she would do an orange drizzle for the cake, which really helped to bring it alive. Mmm, you're bringing back memories now! Thank you again, and all the best!

  27. I actually had this cake & variations of it in UK & US. It is absolutely terrific and has lasting taste that stays with you rest of your life. Add some pumpkin it makes it nutritious loaf

  28. 1939 beginning of World War II, in the UK we were probably already tightening our belts. Not sure when rationing started. Not sure we would have used sour cream over here either!

  29. I made this cake today. And its amazing. Ist a bit like the Dutch peperkoek. But it is less dens. Wil make it often. Thanks for this recipe.

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