Source: Savoring Hollis, 2005
Submitted by: Eleanor Whittemore-Hollis Evening Circle of Home & Family
Location: page 97
Eleanor was a remarkable and humble woman who loved our town of Hollis. She served our community throughout her life. I had the pleasure of knowing Eleanor and truly enjoyed her. More about Eleanor here.
Recipe Note from Eleanor: “This is a recipe that my mother, Estelle Hardy, used for birthday cakes. One year I tried making it for my son’s birthday. When I took the cake out of the oven, it was the most beautiful cake I had ever made. I put it on the shelf while I tended my child. I went back and the cake was a mass of eggs stuck to the pan. I forgot to put the flour in!!!”
Makes one 10” tube pan with removable bottom.
Note: the original recipe says "ungreased tube pan". I followed that and after letting it rest for an hour upside down, I took a flexible knife or frosting spatula and ran it around the edges. I removed the sides of the pan and then ran the knife under the cake. Is was fine.
½ cup sugar
6 egg yolks
1 tsp grated lemon rind
1 T lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
6 egg whites
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp cream of tartar
½ cup sugar
1 cup sifted cake flour (I used all-purpose flour)
Combine ½ cup sugar with water and egg yolks and beat with rotary beater until mixture is very thick and forms soft mounds.
Blend in lemon rind, lemon juice, and vanilla.
Beat the egg whites with the salt until foamy. Add cream of tartar and beat until egg whites are stiff but not dry. Fold in ½ cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Combine egg yolk mixture and egg white mixture carefully, then fold in the flour, 2 tablespoons at a time.
Pour into an ungreased tube pan and bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes, until light brown. Cool in inverted pan for 1 hour.
Add 2 teaspoons rose water with the vanilla