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

Date Filled Butter Scotch (Cookies)

24 May 2015

My initial excitement about this unusual cookie quickly turned to frustration  -- mid-baking, the recipe seemed flawed and its instructions ...

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Maids of Honor

17 May 2015

Wedding season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than to make these unusual Maids of Honor confections. I actually baked these a year ago, ...

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Baking Powder Biscuits

06 May 2015

Years ago, when I was a newspaper reporter in Columbus, Indiana, I would often take my breakfast  at Sap's Coffee House, an old-fashioned diner ...

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Karo Lace Cookies

02 May 2015

Depending on who you listen to, these lace cookies are either very, very good cookies or, as my friend Jay exclaimed (after touting their ...

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French Breakfast Puffs

25 April 2015

French Breakfast Puffs are not French and they are not puffs, but they are delicious, easy to prepare and very unusual (as in, how have I not ...

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White Coconut Cake with Fluffy Frosting

20 April 2015

We celebrated the DH's birthday on Saturday with a cake made from a recipe that's probably a bit older than he is.  White Coconut Cake (his ...

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Lazy Daisy Cake

14 April 2015

Lazy cake (or baker)? I think not. Maybe lazy for the 1940s when Lazy Daisy Cake debuted, but not these days. This is a scratch cake, requiring more ...

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Spiced Chocolate Cake

02 April 2015

One of the best things about a personal blog is that there's no boss, no deadlines, and if you don't feel like blogging, no problem. Or so I thought ...

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April Fool's Dessert: Fried Egg on Toast

01 April 2015

(This is a repost from a couple of years ago, but has withstood the test of time.) I despise duplicity and deception (but apparently not ...

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Betty's Irish Soda Bread

07 March 2015

Last fall, Arthur Schwartz gifted me with a huge shopping bag filled with recipes sent in by listeners to Food Talk, his long-running radio show on ...

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