Gypsy Jamboree Cake


This is a classic layer cake from the 1930's-1940's. It's very addicting and fun with two flavors of icing!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • ¾ cup milk

  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar

  • ½ cup vegetable shortening

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract

  • cup butter or margarine, softened

  • 1 egg yolk

  • teaspoon salt

  • 3 ½ cups confectioners' sugar

  • 2 tablespoons hot water

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease and flour two 8 inch diameter cake pans.

  2. Place the vinegar in a measuring cup, and pour in the milk to equal 3/4 cup. Set aside.

  3. Beat the sugar with the shortening in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, and continue beating until batter is smooth.

  4. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in another mixing bowl, and stir to blend. Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture, alternating with the milk mixture. Stir in the lemon and vanilla extracts. Pour batter into prepared cake pans, dividing evenly.

  5. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick or small knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Run a small knife around the inside of the pans before inverting to remove the cakes. Allow cakes to cool completely before frosting.

  6. To make the icing, beat the butter, egg yolk, and salt together in a mixing bowl. Gradually sift in the confectioners' sugar, alternating with the hot water, stirring until smooth. Do not add the cocoa until step 7.

  7. To frost the cake, place one layer on a cake plate. Use about half the icing to cover sides and top of the cake. Stir the cocoa into the remaining icing and blend well. Place the second cake layer on top of the first, and frost with the chocolate icing, meeting the plain icing halfway down the side of the cake.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

657 Calories
24g Fat
107g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 657
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 305mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 107g 39%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 86g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 137mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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