Picnic Cake Recipes

Homemade Blueberry Cake Decorated with Powdered Sugar and Fresh BlueberriesHomemade Picnic Blueberry Cake Topped with Powdered Sugar
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Old fashioned picnic cake recipes come in handy when you're planning a picnic, or you need to take a treat to a family get-together.  Homemade cakes will carry easier when left in their baking tin. Dust your cake with powered sugar or leave it without icing. If you prefer it iced, stick a few toothpicks in the icing before covering it with waxed paper, and it will transport safely.


Favorite Picnic Cake Recipes

One Hundred Picnic Suggestions (1915)

One Hundred Picnic Suggestions Book Cover and Vintage IllustrationEnjoy Trying the Picnic Cake Suggestions
(PD Source: Adapted by Don Bell)

Picnic Blueberry Cake

Sift 2 cups of flour with 5 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add 1 cup of sugar, 2 beaten egg yolks beaten again with 1/3 cup of milk, and 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Beat well and add 1 tablespoon of vanilla, 2 cups of berries, well dredged in flour, the whites beaten stiff, and turn into a shallow pan well greased. Bake 1/2 hour in a slow oven.

When cool wrap the pan in a paper and put it in the picnic basket. This cake requires no frosting and should be eaten while quite fresh. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top, if desired.

Cakes with Pineapple

For this picnic cake recipe, cook 2 cups of minced or shredded pineapple with 1 cup of sugar and the juice of a lemon. When thick, cool and add a grating of the yellow rind of the lemon. Spread this between ladyfingers, macaroons, or plain drop cakes, and pack in layers in a box with waxed paper and cardboard between each layer.

Coffee Gingerbread Cake

Mix 1/2 cup each melted butter, molasses, and sugar, add 1 beaten egg, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon each cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1/2 cup of very strong coffee. Beat and add 2 cups of flour.

Bake in one of the square, shallow tin boxes that are sold filled with crackers or wafers. Peel off the outside paper, grease the inside and dust lightly with flour. Bake and cover with thick boiled frosting.

When cold put on the cover. Or bake cake in a shallow pan and stick wooden toothpicks through the frosting into the cake and cover with waxed paper.

Dundee Cake

Cream 1 cup of butter with 1 of sugar, add 5 drops of oil of cinnamon, 2 of oil of cloves, and 3 of nutmeg, 5 beaten egg yolks, the grated peel of 1 lemon and 1 orange, 1 tablespoon vanilla, 1/4 cup of brandy, and 1-3/4 cups of flour sifted with 1 teaspoon of baking powder.

Add the beaten egg whites. Dredge with flour 1/2 cup of seeded and chopped raisins, 1/2 cup of currants, 1/2 cup of shredded almonds, and 1 cup of sultana raisins. Add the fruit, turn into paper-lined and buttered tube pan, spread a layer of blanched almonds on top, brush with slightly beaten egg white, dust with salt, and bake in a slow oven 45 minutes. This will keep for weeks.

Sayer Family Enjoying a Picnic at Rice Lake, Ontario, in 1955Sayer Family Rice Lake Picnic in 1955
(Source: ©Don Bell)

Chocolate Nut Bars

For this picnic cake recipe, mix 1/2 cup of softened butter with 1 cup of granulated sugar, 2 squares of melted chocolate, a pinch of salt, 2 well-beaten egg yolks, and 1/4 cup of flour. Beat well and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 cup of broken pecan meats, and 1/4 cup of flour sifted with 1/2 teaspoon of baking-powder. Turn into buttered, shallow tins and bake in a moderate oven. Cut into bars while still warm. When cool wrap each bar in waxed paper.

Picnic Cake

Cream 1/2 cup of butter, add 1 cup of sultana raisins dredged with flour, 1 cup of sugar, and 2 beaten yolks. Add, alternately, 2 cups of flour sifted with 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and 3/4 cup of milk. Season with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon each, of salt and nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Fold in the beaten egg whites and bake in a tin wafer box 30 minutes.

While quite warm spread with creamed butter, dust with granulated sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle with minced nuts, and return to oven until a crust is formed.

When cool put on cover of the box. There will be too much dough for the box, but the remainder may be used for drop cakes.

Pound Cake

For this easy picnic cake recipe, cream 1 cup of butter, add 1-1/2 cups of flour. Beat 1 cup of eggs with 1-1/2 cups of sugar until very light and lemon color. Add this to the butter and flour mixture and beat 20 minutes, flavor with 1 tablespoon of brandy, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and 2 drops of the oil of nutmeg. Bake in a bread tin 1 hour. Citron or fruit may be added if liked. This cake will keep fresh a long time.

Rock Cakes

Cream 1 cup of butter, add 1 cup of fine granulated sugar, 3 beaten eggs and beat well. Add 1 cup of flour sifted with 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder and beat 15 minutes. Add 1 cup each of seeded raisins or sultanas, currants, and chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, or pecans), and 3 tablespoons of brandy. A few chopped dates may also be added, if at hand.

Drop from a spoon onto a buttered paper and bake in a quick oven. These will keep for a long time. Wrap each one in waxed paper and pack in a tin box.

Oatmeal Drop Cakes

For this picnic cake recipe, chop 2 cups of rolled oats, add 1 cup of seeded and cut raisins, 1 cup of pecans or walnuts, broken in small pieces, and 1 cup of butter creamed with 1 scant cup of sugar. Add 3 beaten eggs and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in 1/3 cup of milk. Add the grated rind of 1 orange and 1 tablespoon of the juice, and 2 cups of flour.

Drop from small spoon on buttered tin and bake. When cool pack in layers in a box with waxed paper between each layer.

Caramel Picnic Cake Recipe

Caramel Picnic Cake Sliced and Ready to ServeCaramel Picnic Cake Sliced for Serving
(PD Source: Adapted by Don Bell)

1/2 cupful butter
3/4 cupful sugar
4 egg yolks, beaten light
Second 3/4 cupful sugar
3 cupfuls cake flour
4 teaspoonfuls baking powder
1/4 teaspoonful salt
1 cupful milk
1 teaspoonful vanilla extract
4 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Cream the butter with 3/4 cupful sugar. Beat the egg yolks until light, and add the second sugar, beating well. Add the egg and sugar mixture to that of the butter and sugar, mixing well. Sift the flour, measure, add the baking powder and salt, and sift three times. Add this flour mixture and the milk alternately to the first mixture. Then add the vanilla extract. Fold in the egg whites, and bake in two layer-cake pans in a moderate oven (350°F). Put the layers together and cover cake with a favorite caramel frosting to decorate.


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