Great Grandmother's Swiss Cake Recipe Questions

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Renataanne Posted 9 May 2015 , 10:52pm
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Hi all, 

I recently received a bunch of my great-grandmother's recipes and among them is one for "Swiss Cake". It reads as follows: 1/2 cup butter, 1&1/2 cups sugar (creamed together) 2 eggs, 1 cup milk, 2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp soda, 1 tsp Cream of tartar, 1/2 tsp salt, flavoring. Break in one egg, sift a little flour, then repeat and alternate milk and flour until all is used. Add flavoring. Bake in a round pan, or a tube pan for a birthday cake, in a moderate oven - 325℉.

My questions are as follows:

1. Why is this called a "Swiss Cake"? I always think of a roll or dome or similar for Swiss cake

2. My mother remembers the flavoring to be vanilla, I am guessing from the recipe that it could be other flavors as well?

3. What kind of frosting would go well on such a cake?

Forgive my lack of knowledge, but I am more of a bread baker than a cake baker! I really want to try out this recipe though!

Thanks for any info.


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