Category Archives: The Female Cookbook

Chocolate-Cheese Fudge Cake

Back in April, you might remember Alix and I hijacked Chris and Vicky’s bbq with a vintage bake-off. I took along this lemon butter cake which turned out going down well. However, I didn’t feel confident whilst the cake was cooling so I made a second cake – three columns along from the other one so another from “Female Cookbook 1978”.

125g (4oz) butter
125g (4oz) processed cream cheese
1 cup castor sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup chopped walnuts
85g (2.5oz) Van Houten cocoa
300g self raising flour
0.25 tsp bicarbonate of sofa
0.25 tsp salt
1 cup sour milk
whipped cream

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Lemon Butter Cake with Lemon Filling

Happy anniversary to Chris and Vicky! C&V hosted a super barbequeue on a wonderful sunny Saturday, and Alix and I decided that we’d shamelessly hijack it with a vintage “cake-off”. I brought the below, from the Female Cookbook 1978 FEATURING Ellice Handy Recipes. This is in fact a Singaporean cookbook sent to me by lovely Janet (@j4) which has a brilliant mix of 70s margarine based treats like “golden swans” cheek to cheek with pulot hitam, pickled blimbings, Lancashire Hotpot (hurrah) and curried beef schnitzel. Love it. What’s a blimbing? Where can I find one in London? Hilariously it calls for the blimbings to be dried in the sun for a week of good sunny days, before pickling. I don’t think this translates to a London cook 😦 Anyway. I chose to make lemon butter cake – less exotic but no less tasty by any means. I have a few more things to come from this book! The more Malay/Singaporean dishes may require more researches and trips to dusty Chinatown back rooms in lieu of the Serangoon Market….
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