Mother's Seven-Day Prune Cake
INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking Time: 25 to 45 minutes
  • 2 C cooked prunes - pitted (if not using electric mixer, chopped)
  • 1-1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 3/4 C shortening
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2-3/4 C sifted flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp mace
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 C boiling coffee
DIRECTIONS
  1. Cream sugar and shortening.
  2. Add beaten eggs, then prunes.
  3. Add flour sifted with salt, spices and 1/2 tsp baking soda.
  4. Dissolve remaining 1 tsp of soda in boiling coffee.
  5. Add coffee-soda mixture to batter.
  6. Pour batter into three 9” layer pans.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes (if made in large loaf pan, bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes).
RECIPE BACKSTORY
Photo of Zelma Levin, age 14. This cake needs no frosting; a dusting of powdered sugar is sufficient. When dissolving baking soda in coffee: use larger than 1-cup measure to dissolve it in, because the baking soda foams up. It's called a 7-day cake because it will keep for 7 days.