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Catholic Recipe: Sweet Sixteen Birthday Cake


  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup extra fine (instant) sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3 egg whites
  • Lemon Filling (see recipe)


Yield: 2 8-inch layers

Prep Time: 1 1/2 hours

Difficulty: N/A

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Sixteenth birthdays are special, especially for young ladies. Here's an appropriate lemon flavored cake to serve for this birthday celebration.


Cream shortening. Add sugar; cream until light and fluffy. Mix and sift flour, baking powder, salt; add alternately with milk to creamed mixture. Add lemon extract. Beat egg whites stiff but not dry; fold in. Pour into 2 greased and floured 8-inch layer cake pans. Bake at 375° for 20 to 25 minutes.

Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965