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

A Cake for Queen Elizabeth's 88th Birthday

21 April 2014

Today is Queen Elizabeth's 88th birthday, so it's only appropriate to repost an earlier entry about "her" cake, something all her subject can ...

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Enter the Cake Contest!

14 April 2014

Henry Street Settlement, on Manhattan's Lower East Side, is hosting a big block party on Saturday, May 3, to celebrate the 147th birthday of Lillian ...

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Mildred Snyder's Graham Cracker Cake

05 April 2014

This is a very special and surprisingly timely cake, considering the recipe dates from the early 20th century. There's a viral (as in 2.2 million ...

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Breakfast Muffins

30 March 2014

I was headed to the gym this morning (really!) when, on my way out the door, I spied this recipe card on the dining room table.  It called my ...

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Courtesan au Chocolate

24 March 2014

If you haven't seen The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson's newest film, you're missing a wild ride -- and a dessert that plays a starring role. ...

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Sunday Morning Hot Bread

23 March 2014

Wanting to prepare a wholesome breakfast today, I whipped up Sunday Morning Hot Bread.  But instead of bread, what emerged from the oven was ...

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Ann's Irish Soda Bread

15 March 2014

This simple vintage recipe for Irish Soda Bread is simply the best I've ever made.  And I'm not a fan of Irish Soda Bread (where's the butter?), ...

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Vanilla Wafer Cake

14 March 2014

Vanilla wafers, pretty good on their own, are often the building blocks of desserts (banana pudding anyone?).  In Vanilla Wafer Cake, the ...

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Cinnamon Supper Cake

07 March 2014

Cinnamon Supper Cake is my new go-to cake. I've made it three times in the past week because it's easy, delicious and, did I say easy?  The cake ...

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Date Squares (orig. old recipe)

26 February 2014

Date squares may seem an unusual choice for a birthday celebration, except these sweeties were made for my friend Stephen (who's pretty sweet ...

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