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Aunt Lou's $200 Cake recipe
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Aunt Lou’s $200 Cake Recipe

Here is a 100+ year old family recipe for an old fashioned traditional cake.  This from scratch recipe is east make and makes a nice homemade dense white cake that is really flavorful.  

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword layer cake, old fashioned recipe, scratch cake, whipped cream
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 8 servings
Calories 525 kcal


Cake batter:

  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 egg whites

Whipped cream frosting:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • cup sugar super fine or powered sugar
  • 4 Tbsp strawberry pureé


  1. Beat the sugar and butter until well combined.
  2. Add egg yolks until fully combined.
  3. Add the water and flour and beat slowly until combined and the batter is smooth and sticky, set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl beat the egg whites, baking powder and vanilla until you have stiff peaks.
  5. Fold the egg white mixture into the batter until smooth and consistent.
  6. Aunt Lou writes: "If seems thin, add a little flour."
  7. Pour into 2 or 3 nine inch cake pans evenly distributed and bake at 325 for approximately 30-35 minutes or until  a cake tester comes out clean.

  8. Frosting:
  9. Whip the heavy whipped cream until very thick.
  10. Add the powdered sugar.
  11. Add the strawberry puree.
  12. Whip until thick and stiff.
Nutrition Facts
Aunt Lou’s $200 Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 525 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 120mg40%
Sodium 139mg6%
Potassium 217mg6%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Sugar 48g53%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 855IU17%
Vitamin C 4.5mg5%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.