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

Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Kisses

27 June 2015

I typically make baked goods I love to eat, but this past Father's Day was an exception. I hate am not a fan of peanut butter cookies, but ...

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No Pre-Heat Popovers!

21 June 2015

If you have flour, salt, milk and eggs, you can make popovers -- a perfect Father's Day breakfast treat -- in minutes. And with this recipe, you ...

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Phyllis Tilden's Chocolate Chip Cookies

19 June 2015

A reader from Canada sent me this c. 1970 recipe, not from a handwritten recipe card, but annotated by her mother and a family favorite nonetheless. ...

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Brandy Cake

12 June 2015

When I saw that this c. 1950 recipe combined two of my very favorite things -- cake and whiskey -- I just had to give it a try.  Brandy Cake ...

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Crisscross Strawberry Pie

07 June 2015

There are two kinds of strawberry pies: the type where the strawberries are placed uncooked (or just barely cooked) into a baked pie crust (here's ...

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Kreplach

01 June 2015

A few months ago, I agreed to demonstrate kreplach making at the Museum at Eldridge Street's annual Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanada Festival, ...

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Rhubarb Pie

26 May 2015

We spent Sunday at a lovely vineyard in southern New Jersey celebrating the wedding of our niece Jessica to her longtime boyfriend Brandon. Jess had ...

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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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