Susan's Description:

Join me on my delicious journey revisiting American home cooking in the era before convenience foods became popular (1919 to 1955), as I bake and cook from old cookbooks and recipe cards of home cooks purchased at estate sales in Akron, Ohio, and other exotic locations.

Recent Updates at A Cake Bakes in Brooklyn

Apple Pie Dessert

26 October 2014

I once heard a very wise nurse, during a lecture, say: Success is not a pie with just eight slices. That single sentence has become my mantra, ...

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Walnut Diamonds (or I Can't Believe There's No Butter)

24 October 2014

We've all heard of Diamond Walnuts, but these "Walnut Diamonds" are a fat-free cookie that take but ten minutes to make and yields a moist, chewy, ...

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The Very Best Lentil Soup

21 October 2014

Woman doesn't live by cake alone and so I present a rare (for this blog) savory recipe -- a delicious lentil soup -- perfect for the cooler fall ...

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Date Cake

19 October 2014

Last week, when I COULD NOT stop eating some delicious dried dates, I needed to take emergency action before I consumed the entire pound in one ...

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Sea-Foam Nut Squares

16 October 2014

The vintage recipe card for Sea-Foam Nut Squares was calling my name for a long time and last week I succumbed. I'm glad I did. These brown-sugar ...

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Scottish Shortbread

19 September 2014

Scotland may not have gained independence after yesterday's historic election, but it will always have its most famous pastry -- Scottish Shortbread. ...

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World's Easiest Pumpkin Bars

16 September 2014

Sometimes when things are too easy, one suspects that they will fail -- like, what's the catch?  But these moist and delicious pumpkin bars ...

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Henry Street Garden French Apple Pie

12 September 2014

Each fall the DH and I spend a day in the country picking apples at one of the many orchards that dot the Hudson Valley. But not this year. ...

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Peanutty Caramel Squares

10 September 2014

Some who say a Snickers bar can't be improved have probably never tried Peanutty Caramel Squares. These three-layer bar cookies -- with a Snickers ...

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Apple Pan Dowdy

07 September 2014

You know that saying, Don't believe everything you read?  That, I discovered, applies to this vintage recipe card.  Despite the title, this ...

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