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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.
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.
Cream the ingredients.
Stir in milk, baking powder and flour.
Grease a square pan.
Bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees.
Nicely golden on top.
Ready to eat!