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

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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Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Frosting

22 August 2014

Last weekend, while making a peach pie, the DS asked me to "please make something chocolate." So, being the aim-to-please mother that I am, I whipped ...

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How Not to Make a Peach Pie

18 August 2014

You know that saying: Listen to your gut?  On Saturday, I didn't and ended up with a disappointing mess of a peach pie (though a night in the ...

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Super Moon Ranger Cookies

15 August 2014

On Sunday, we were lucky enough to watch the Super Moon rise while sailing in New York Harbor aboard the Pioneer, the South Street Seaport Museum's ...

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Fresh Blackberry Pie

10 August 2014

Last weekend, while in northern California, I found myself surrounded by millions of wild blackberries just ripe for the picking. So I did.  And ...

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Sour Cream Pound Cake

08 August 2014

A while back, at the New Amsterdam Market, I purchased a new (for me) bundt pan, from a former caterer who was selling off his wares.  He ...

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