Old Hermit Cake

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Recipe by  Carol

“This recipe is over 100 years old and it tastes like hermit cookies. Use only butter in this recipe.”

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Original recipe yields 1 tube cake



  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
  2. Cream butter and sugar together well. Beat in eggs one at a time. Mix in lemon juice and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients. Stir well.
  3. Turn into greased and floured 10 inch angel food tube pan. Bake in oven for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours until an inserted wooden pick comes out clean.

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3o years ago Annie ruth Taylor of Waynesville NCgave me this recipe and last week I found it and made the cake.It is superb and had a slight variation.my recipe had 7 eggs and also some coconut.I understand the name(Hermit).You want to lock your doors and eat the cake yourself!!******



This recipe is much more than 100yrs. My Mom was a baker in Bryson City, NC in the early years of the 1900's and used this recipe. She believed it's origin was Moravian. It was cherished in my family and the recipe was protected for many years. This cake can be frozen for many months and taken from the freezer and sliced immediately. Merlin Casada Mom was a Woody



For as long as I can remember, my grandmother made hermit cake at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I am sure this recipe is indeed more than 100 years old. Her measurements were in pounds, so this one is really helpful. Cut in very thin slices - it's tastes better that way, I promise. You can always come back for seconds.

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Amount Per Serving (14 total)

  • Calories
  • 848 cal
  • 42%
  • Fat
  • 45.3 g
  • 70%
  • Carbs
  • 105.8 g
  • 34%
  • Protein
  • 11.9 g
  • 24%
  • Cholesterol
  • 160 mg
  • 53%
  • Sodium
  • 413 mg
  • 17%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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