The Vintage Chiffon Cake Site
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- February 25, 2019 - Reformatting of the site is complete. I did this faster than intended, so please be aware that there may still be pages with minor recipe (or format) errors or typos, which will be corrected as soon as they are spotted.
One variation—Mahogany (with Brown Beauty Icing)—had to be removed from the list due to the fact that I could not find a Small Cake version of the recipe. Beginning next month, I will be searching for more variations to add to the site and will try to find a Small Cake version of the Mahogany [variation]. If it cannot be found, it will be added back to the site as a Large Cake-only recipe. It will not be forgotton about.
I hope you like the new look and format. I truly feel that it is much easier to read and understand compared to what I started with, considering how the Large/Small cake recipes were/are presented in booklets, cookbooks, recipe sheets, and advertisements. I hope you will find something you are looking for. More to come soon!
- February 22, 2019 - Reformated the Variations and Frostings/Icings, etc. pages.
ALL chiffon cake variations and ALL frostings/icings, etc. have now been categorized based on flavor profile. Additionally, ALL recipes have been cross-referenced with any official print ads I could find online (or within my personal cookbook collection). This was done to point out any variations that existed between cake and icing recipes from the Betty Crocker Chiffon Cake Recipes and Secrets booklet from 1948 and recipes published later in print ads (or other cookbooks). The differences highlighted include: Recipe name/title, different pan sizes/shapes, alternate baking times/temperatures/ingredients.
Regardig the Cocoa/Chocolate categories on BOTH pages: Cocoa refers to baking cocoa/powder while Chocolate refers to baking chocolate (regardless of type). In other words, chiffon cakes made with baking cocoa/powder are listed under, "Cocoa;" chiffon cakes made with baking chocolate (Sweetened/unsweetened, chocolate chips, etc.) are listed under, "Chocolate." I may update the tables to reflect that, but it's pretty self-explanatory once you view a recipe.
The reformat of the site should be done by February 28, 2019, or shortly after. After today, I will be adding/updating pages incrementally until the site is complete. Remember, everything is a work-in-progress and there may be formatting errors or broken links between pages. However, everything will be working by the end of the month. More to coome!
- February 19, 2019 - Updated the Original Recipe page. It now includes a working link for Hawaiian Fluff Topping, which now has its own dedicated page.
This is the first step of the reformat process.
On Friday, skeleton files (a table with NO working links) will replace the current Variations and Frostings/Icings, etc. pages, which will then slowly be updated with working links. This is being done in favor of one massive update to avoid broken links, HTML errors, or mistakes I may have made in any of the recipe pages.
Please know that ALL new pages will be constantly checked for: Broken hyperlinks, HTML (or CSS) errors, and recipe errors.
Please also be aware that ALL of these pages are being treated as works-in-pogress, meaning they will be updated with new (and/or) missing information as needed.
The plan is to have working links for ALL pages by February 28, 2019. After that, I will begin searching other sources for more variations, which will be added when time allows. I hope you like the change once it is completed!
- February 3, 2019 -After much thought, I have decided that the Variations page needs to be reformatted, mainly because—if you are unfamiliar with the Original Recipe—it may appear confusing or hard to understand.
Therefore, the page will be reformatted so that nearly all variations have their own dedicated page, complete with both the Large Cake and Small Cake recipes.
However, in some instances, certain variations may appear on other variation pages. Example: Variation A calls for cold water as the liquid. Variation B is exactly the same as Variation A—down to the suggested mix-ins and the frosting/icing—but it calls for substituting fruit juice in place of the cold water. In this scenario (or others like it), Variation B will be listed as a variant on Variation A's page. Example 2: Variation C and Variation D are exactly the same, but Variation D calls for cake flour while Variation C calls for all-purpose flour. In this case, Variation D will be listed as a variant on Variation C's page. This will cut down on the creation of unnecessary pages and extra work.
The main point, though, will be giving nearly all variations their own dedicated pages.
Additionally, all fillings, frostings, glazes, sauces, and toppings will be grouped with the variation they correspond with according to the Betty Crocker Chiffon Cake Recipes and Secrets booklet from 1948. For example, if the booklet suggests that the Orange Chiffon variation should be frosted with Orange Glaze, the glaze recipe will be included at the bottom of the page instead of the Frostings/Icings, etc. page (and so on). In other words, the Frostings/Icings, etc. page will feature fillings, frostings, glazes, sauces, and toppings included towards the back of the booklet—as well as versions that appeared in print after 1948. For example, if I find a version of Candy Mountain Icing from 1952 that differs from the version in the original booklet, it will be added to the Frostings/Icings, etc. page, with notes detailing the difference.
I may even group variations together based on flavor profile (All citrus chiffons on one page, all spice chiffons on another, etc.), but haven't figured out how it will work out yet.
Any cakes published after 1948 (that are different than those included in the booklet) will be treated as separate versions, but included on the corresponding variation page according to name. Example: An Allegretti Chiffon Cake from 1956 suggests a different icing than the version from the 1948 booklet. In that case, the version from 1956 will be added to the Allegretti variation page in chronological order.
The 2-Egg "LoveLight" variation of the original recipe (and ALL variations) will be treated as a separate category, but will be reformatted in the same manner—at a later date.
All variation pages will utilize the two-column table format now used on the Original Recipe page, because I feel it is the easiest and most precise way to present the information.
I'm not sure how long this will take to complete, but I will start working on it soon. It will make sense once it all comes together, I swear! In the meantime, the Variations page will be left as-is.
More to come soon!
- January 25, 2019 - Reformatted the Original Recipe page. It is now in a two-column table format. This was done to make the recipe easier to read (or print).
NOTE: The page is best viewed with a browser that supports basic HTML table formatting.
Additionally, the entire site has been updated with a new font style to improve readability.
- January 23, 2019 - ALL Betty Crocker recipes from the Home Economics and Household Collection have been updated with larger, easier-to-read images. This was done to make reading, printing, clipping, or saving of the recipes easier for visitors. ALL transcriptions on these pages will remain intact. Additionally, a vintage Betty Crocker recipe for Golden Cottage Pudding, which was erroroneously left off of the site, has been added to the Betty Crocker page. More to be added soon!
- March 18, 2018 - ALL Betty Crocker recipes from the Home Economics Archive Research, Tradition and History site have been updated with larger, easier-to-read images. This was done so visitors could print, clip, and save the actual recipe to their collections (if desired).
ALL trascriptions on any of these pages will remain intact.
More vintage Betty Crocker recipes will be added soon!
- August 24, 2017 - Updated the Swift Make-Your-Own Mix recipe page with a note from the booklet regarding the use of: Soft wheat flour, self-rising flour, and high altitude.
- August 20, 2017 - Added the following homemade baking mixes and recipes to the Swift & Company page:
Swift'ning Biscuit Mix + Recipes:
Baking Powder Biscuits
Glazed Coffee Cake
Orange Glazed Gingerbread
Quick Yeast Rolls
Swift'ning Make-Your-Own Cake Mix + Recipes:
Applesauce Raisin Cookies
Arabian Spice Cake
Blueberry Upside-Down Cake
Dusty Dawn Cake
Moon Glow Cake and Variations
Orange Sugar Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Refrigerator Spice Cookies
Sunrise Cake and Variations
Swift'ning Make-Your-Own Mix + Recipes:
Baking Powder Biscuits
Baking Powder Drop Biscuits and Variations
Banana Swirl Coffee Cake
Beaten Batter Rolls and Variations
Chocolate Chip Bars
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Sirup Dumplings
Cornbread and Variations
Double Orange Cake
Drop Sugar Cookies and Variations
E-Z Pancakes and Variations
Family Cake and Variations
German Apple Cake Pudding
Frosted Chocolate Drop Cookies
Gingerbread and Variations
Graham Cracker Loaf Cake
Midget Pineapple Coffee Cakes
Minute Muffins and Variations
Nut Ball Coffee Cake
Peanut Butter Cookies
Quick Coffee Cake and Variations
Quick Flaky Piecrust
Shortcakes and Variations
Snowy Cream Frosting
Sugar Bottom Coffee Cake
Swift'ning Make-Your-Own Pastry Mix
Source: Michigan State University Libraries - Special Collections - Little Cookbooks: The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection
I will be taking an extended break before anymore content is added to the site. I hope you find the homemade baking mixes and the recipes from Swift & Company useful!
- August 17, 2017 - I just wanted to let everyone know that more updates are on the way. I have decided to go through my personal collection of vintage Betty Crocker cookbooks, pamphlets, and booklets to add more content to the Betty Crocker section of the site.
I will be posting select recipes from the following cookbooks, pamphlets, and booklets—all of which have been broken down into three categories:
Betty Crocker's 101 Delicious Bisquick Creations (1933)
Betty Crocker's Bisquick Cookbook (1956)
Betty Crocker's Bisquick Party Book (1957)
133 Quicker Ways to Homemade...With Bisquick (1959)
Betty Crocker's Creative Recipes with Bisquick (1980)
New Party Cakes for all Occasions (1931)
Your Share (1943)
New Betty Crocker Method Recipes (1946)
Betty Crocker's Picture Cooky Book (1948)
Breads You Bake ... With Yeast (1951)
Betty Crocker's Cooky Carnival (1957)
Gold Medal Jubilee (1955)
Betty Crocker's Favorite Gold Medal Self-Rising Recipes (1957)
Betty Crocker's Pie Parade (1957)
Betty Crocker's Softasilk Special Occasion Cakes (1957)
Betty Crocker's Frankly Fancy Foods Recipe Book (1959)
All-American Favorite Recipes with Mazola Corn Oil and Gold Medal Flour (1960)
Favorite Gold Medal Flour Recipes from Betty Crocker (1984)
Betty Crocker Cook Book of All-Purpose Baking (1942)
Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book (1950) - Facsimile Edition
Betty Crocker's Cooky Book (1963)
Betty Crocker's Pie and Pastry Cookbook (1968)
Betty Crocker's All-Time Favorites (1972)
Betty Crocker's Desserts Cookbook (1974)
Note: All selected recipes from ANY of these booklets, cookbooks, or pamphlets will be meticulously cross-referenced with recipes already on the site, in order to prevent duplicates. Selected recipes with the same name as a recipe on the site will be added to that recipe page, in chronological order. Example: I decide to add an Apple Pan Dowdy recipe to the site from 1960, but the site already has a recipe from 1950. In that case, both recipes will be compared to see if they are different. If they are, the recipe from 1960 will be added to the recipe page of that name, underneath the recipe from 1950—followed by a note detailing how the two recipes are different. If the recipe is the same (as one already on the site), it will be eliminated and marked as a duplicate.
I am not doing this for money or page views. I am doing this because I love recipes, and I love seeing how they evolve over time. Plus, I truly believe people shouldn't have to spend a fortune to find a potentially lost recipe. Please understand that this will be a SLOW process, though. Furthermore, because I do not have access to a scanner, ALL content from the above list will have to be typed by hand. However, ALL recipes will be transcribed as they appeared in each booklet, cookbook, or pamphlet.
Additionally, I also have plans to share a small, digital collection of cookbooklets from Swift & Company that I found online several months ago. Because they are digital, screenshots of the exact recipe will be possible. As with Betty Crocker, I will be posting select recipes from these booklets, which include:
77 Recipes Using Swift'ning Make-Your-Own Mix (1950)
Fascinating Foods with Swift'ning (1950)
22 Popular New Recipes Using Swift'ning's Make-Your-Own Mix (1951)
Swift'ning Make-Your-Own Cake Mix (1953)
Party Plans for Pies (1963)
2 Handy Make-Your-Own Mixes (1965)
Note: The main focus of these booklets will be the homemade baking mixes and the recipes that were specifically developed for use with them.
To give you an idea of what to expect from the selected Betty Crocker and Swift'ning recipes, I enjoy:
Bars (and Bar Cookies)
Cinnamon Rolls (and other Sweet Rolls)
I made an effort to choose what appealed to me and what I felt really stood out. Hopefully, you will find something that appeals to you as well.
The above content will start being added soon, so please keep this page bookmarked! :-)
- August 09, 2017 - Indexed all Betty Crocker recipes from the Home Economics Archive Research, Tradition and History archive according to the year they were published. This was done to make room for later iterations of the recipes printed in different decades. More updates are coming, but it will be a while. I'm working on it, though!
- May 16, 2017 - Created the "Other" category on the More Vintage Recipes page for vintage recipes that are unknown or unbranded.
Added the following Betty Crocker recipes to the Betty Crocker recipe page:
5 in 1 Cream Pie
"Busy Day" Cake
Calico Quilt Cake
Added the following recipes to the Other recipe page:
Orange Cloud Pie / Orange Dream Pie
Source: Newspapers.com (Free Trial)
NOTE: I am only posting a few recipes from this source due to my not wanting to violate possible copyright laws on the content.
NOTE 2: The Orange Cloud Pie and Orange Dream Pie recipes were posted together on one page due to the fact that they were so similar.
- May 09, 2017 - May 11, 2017 - Added the following Betty Crocker recipes to the More Vintage Recipes page:
Apple Pie with Cheese Crust
Canned Fruit Pies
Cherry Nut Angel Food Supreme
Chocolate Cream Pie
Custard Pie (Version 2) - See "Grandmother's Pride" Custard Pie
Deep Dish Apple Pie
Favorite Fudge Cake
Fresh Berry Cream Puff Pie
Fresh Fruit Pies
Frozen Orange Juice Pie
Ginger Creams (Version 2) - See Ginger Creams
Haddon Hall Gingerbread
Lemon Chiffon Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie (Version 2) See previous recipe
Magic Choc-O-Nut Cake
Old-Fashioned Jelly Roll
Orange Washington Pie
Pigs in Blankets
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Streusel-Filled Coffee Cake
Vanilla Cream Pie and Variations
Source: Home Economics and Household Collection
(Betty Crocker's 15 Prize Recipes: favorites of each year - 1921 - 1936 | Betty Crocker's Summer Recipes - Complete Recipes | How to Use Your Pastry Cloth Set to Get Better Bakings).
NOTE: Like the first wave of recipes, these recipes are as they originally appeared in print. ANY recipe that is hard to read when the image is maximized will be transcribed. Some transcriptions may be partial in nature. For example, 99.9% of a recipe is readable except for 1 or 2 measurements. In that case, the measurements will be clarified in the transcription section beneath the image.
NOTE 2: Regarding duplicate recipes - Any recipe with the SAME name as a recipe that's already been added to the original list on the More Vintage Recipes page will be added to the original page with that recipe. Duplicate recipes will ONLY be added to the original recipe pages if the duplicate's ingredients, methods, or elements DIFFER from the original version. This extends to variations, too. I decided to handle it this way to eliminate having to create extra pages for additional versions/variations, which would be a lot more work. Why create more pages if I don't need to? So, how does it work? Well, this update includes a second version of Ginger Creams. The recipe differs from the original version slightly. So, it has been added to the original page following the original recipe/transcription. Simple. Any recipe page with additional versions/variations will be marked as "UPDATED" on the Betty Crocker page. Additionally, some recipe pages with such updates will also include notes detailing the differences between the recipes.
- May 07, 2017 - Created separate HTML files for ALL brands listed on the More Vintage Recipes page. This was done to accomodate more classic/vintage Betty Crocker recipes (which will be added soon) and to keep page lengths manageable (i.e., less page scrolling). Updates are coming, though!
- April 22, 2017 - Created separate HTML files for ALL recipes listed on the More Vintage Recipes page. This was a spur of the moment decision. So, things will look a tad bit rough (until all the page titles are sorted out), but: ALL the content is acessable and EXACTLY as it was before the change. Giving each recipe its own page eliminates the need for you to scroll through the ENTIRE page to find what you are looking for. It also eliminates the possibility of the More Vintage Recipes page becoming a mile long with all the pictures and transcriptions. I hope you like the change!
- April 20, 2017 - April 27, 2017 - Added the following Betty Crocker recipes to the More Vintage Recipes page:
4 Layer Jelly Cake
5 WAY Buttermilk Rolls
Butter Brickle Cake / Double Chocolate Cake + Directions
Carnival Marble Cake
Chocolate Refrigerator Dessert
Choice Chocolate Cake
Fresh Orange Layer Cake
"Grandmother's Pride" Custard Pie
Golden Wheaties Bars
Honey Pumpkin Pie
Hot Gingerbread Ring with Applesauce
Lemon Mist Pie
Maraschino Party Cake
Midwinter Fruit Pies
Mock Indian Pudding
Nut and Fruit Loaves
Peanut Butter Cookies
Plantation Fruit Bars
"Quick-and-Easy" Sponge Cake
Soft Cream Jumbles
Stir-N-Roll Pastry for Pumpkin Pie
Strawberry "Long Cake"
Temptation Spice Cake
Variety Sweet Dough
Source: Home Economics Archive Research, Tradition and History.
Years Searched: 1940-1950
NOTE: ALL recipes found through the Home Econimics Archive, Research, Tradition and History site are limited to black and white photos. ALL recipes added to the More Vintage Recipes page are authentic and unaltered. They are as they first appeared in print. Some elements, such as titles, taglines or miscellaneous information, have been removed. For example, if the recipe title was too large to fit the text of the recipe into the window, it was removed so I could zoom in on the actual recipe (and directions) only. ANY recipe that is hard to read, when the image is maximized, will be transcribed. Some transcriptions will be partial in nature. For example, a recipe is 99.9% readable, but a measurement (Flour, leavening, sugar, etc.) is not. In that case, the measurement will be clarified in the transcription section, but the recipe will not have a full transcription. However, most images will be easy to read as they have been magnified as much as possible. ALL transcriptions will be as accurate as possible, down to the format, styling (CAPS, bold, italics, underlined), and spacing. This will take A LOT of time, but please check back here often for new recipes.
- April 15, 2017 - Added the following variations to the Variations page:
Polka Dot Spice
Added the following Frostings, Icings, and Toppings to the Frostings/Icings, etc. page:
Half N' Half (Frosting)
Allegretti (Version 2)
Browned Butter (Version 2)
Chocolate Cream (Version 2)
Source: Home Economics Archive Research, Tradition and History.
Years Searched: 1948-1950