Mans Cake
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs (separated)
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold strong coffee
  • ¾ cup chopped nuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • For Icing:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup strong coffee
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  1. Blend shortening, sugar and egg yolks thoroughly. Add alternately the sifted dry ingredients and coffee. Stir in nuts and flavoring. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites and turn into greased tube pan. (Or into lamb cake pan. See Mid-Century Menu's lamb cake tutorial for how to prepare a lamb pan) Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees) for one hour.
  2. For Icing:
  3. Combine ingredients and cook until it spins a thread (approx. 223-235 degrees F on a candy thermometer). Pour ⅓ of syrup slowly over 2 egg whites beaten stiff, continue beating as you pour. Cook remainder of syrup until it forms a soft ball in cold water (approx. 234-240 degrees F on a candy thermometer), add to icing and beating until right consistency to spread.
Recipe by The Mid-Century Menu at