Lola Potter’s Prince of Wales Cake

Lola Potter moved to Baddow with her children to take a job working for Gladys Suggitt as a domestic helper, but ended up becoming Gladys’ best friend and living there for the rest of her life. Gladys and Lola were devoted members of Baddow’s Baptist Church, which in that era had just a few members. For community social events, like the Church Anniversary, Lola would always bring something, and one of her favourites was a Prince of Wales Cake.


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon each allspice, cinnamon and cloves
  • 1 cup sour milk
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  • Candy Icing:
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup cream
  • Boil till soft boil stage and then beat in 1 cup icing sugar


  • The original recipe did not specify a baking time (it predated electric ranges). A similar modern recipe suggests baking at 350F for 50 minutes.

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