Great Grandma Cora’s White Cake

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Slice of cake with whipped cream on top and a glass of milk

Anyone who knew her would tell you that my great grandmother Cora Mortenson was a heck of a cook. In fact, by the time she was ten years old she could bake almost anything, and later she would become a cook in the local hospital. Cora would often bake 4 dozen loaves of bread a week to feed her family and company. She was well known for her hospitality, with the coffee always brewing and homemade bread with Roger’s Syrup being served.

Cora Voldeng was born Dec 9, 1901 in Marshall County, Minnesota. She travelled with her parents to Canada in 1907, where they settled in the Littlestone District of Saskatchewan. Cora met and dated Peter Mortenson for a year before they were married on November 24, 1920. They farmed in the Lake Edward district until the 1960’s when they moved into their home on 4th Ave in Spalding, SK.

Marriage photo of Peter and Cora Mortenson
Wedding photo of Peter and Cora

The recipe I have for Great Grandma Cora’s White Cake has been well used in our family. It makes 12 cup cakes, or a square cake pan. It’s perfect for strawberry shortcake or used as a base for poppyseed cake. This is no delicate sponge cake however – it’s dense and moist and tastes great with Farmer’s Icing.

How to make this cake:

Add the sugar, egg, vanilla and butter together.

Egg, butter, sugar and vanilla together in pink glass bowl

Cream the ingredients.

Creaming the ingredients

Stir in milk, baking powder and flour.

Mixing the ingredients

Grease a square pan.

Buttered pan

Bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees.

Cake batter in pan in oven.

Nicely golden on top.

Ready to eat!

Finished cake with whipped cream and a glass of milk.
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Great Grandma Cora's White Cake
Dense and full of vanilla flavor!
Finished cake
Course Dessert
Keyword cake, vanilla
Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 25 min
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Keyword cake, vanilla
Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 25 min
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Finished cake
Instructions
  1. Cream the sugar, egg, vanilla and butter together. Stir in the milk. Add the baking powder and flour and mix until combined.
  2. Pour into greased 8 inch by 8 inch pan. Bake at 400° F for 25 minutes.This makes a dense cake. I sometimes use it for poppy seed cake by adding 2 tbsp of poppy seeds. This recipe will also make 12 cupcakes.
 

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