helenlt on July 31st, 2015
Today is the day for Cooking with Copyright. We asked Katie Wood, an Archivist at the University’s Archives, if she could find us some old recipes for Cooking with Copyright. Katie has been an absolute legend and found us some fantastic recipes.
The Armytages were a prominent Melbourne family and we hold a collection of documents related to the family. In the Armytage family’s recipes and household hints, Katie, with help from her colleagues in Archives, found three recipes for sponge cakes from 1938 and 1939, including one for a prize winning cake.
I love that the recipe notes that the prize was a 26 pound sterling gas stove awarded to Mrs. Wilson.
And here’s where I think the recipes get interesting. Enid’s recipe for sponge cake from January 1939 is noted as being very good. Grace’s recipe from July 1939 is also noted as being very good and the author of the recipe notes that (perhaps controversially??) that Grace’s cake may be better than Enid’s to such an extent that Enid has begun using Grace’s recipe in preference to her own! (Them’s fighting words!!!!)
We haven’t had a chance to bake all three cakes and put them to a taste test to see which is best. But if anyone out there is willing to take on the challenge – we’d love to hear from you. Comment on our blog below or post on the Library’s Facebook or Twitter using #spongecakebattle.
Recipes and images courtesy of Armytage Family Collection Armytage 1968.0011 55, File 5_5 Recipes, household hints etc. Unit 7 University of Melbourne Archives.