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

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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French Silk Chocolate Pie

25 February 2015

Last week, when my mother fell ill, I unexpectedly found myself in Akron. While I spent most of my time with her, I did attend one estate sale and ...

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Brownies (for Valentine's Day and Every Day)

03 February 2015

Is it too early for Valentine's Day baking? I think not, considering that many retail establishments display Christmas decorations right after Labor ...

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Coconut Cookies

31 January 2015

Who doesn't like a nice, crispy coconut cookie? These treats -- from a vintage Kansas recipe -- are easy to make, virtually foolproof and would be an ...

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Sour Cream Cake

29 January 2015

In preparation for holiday baking, I bought a lot heavy cream -- not the ultra-pasturized stuff from the supermarket, but the thick sweet cream from ...

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The Grand Budapest Hotel's Courtesan au Chocolat

18 January 2015

In honor of the nine Oscar nominations (including best picture) that The Grand Budapest Hotel, just received, I am reposting an earlier blog entry ...

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