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Lemon Cake

New-York Historical Society's Recipe of the Week

Each week, enjoy a new, very old recipe from the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library’s Duane Family cookbook collection, an array of handwritten recipes that date back to 1840–1874.

Read more about the collection here, and see all the recipes to cook or bake here.

Lemon Cake

2 1/2 tumblers of powdered sugar
3/4 of butter
3 eggs
1 tumbler of milk
4 of flour
1 teaspoon of soda dissolved in milk
1 lemon juice & peel added last

(Note: “tumblers” are similar to today’s “cups” and no, they don’t tell you how long to bake it.)

Duane Family cookbook collection


Recipes for lemon cake from the Duane family cookbooks, 1840-1874.

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