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

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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Blueberry Biscuits

02 August 2014

It's still blueberry season and, wanting to bake something other than the traditional muffins, I was delighted to come across a "prize winning" ...

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Blueberry Spice Sauce

30 July 2014

It's blueberry season and, finding myself with a surfeit of berries (which truthfully weren't all that good), I was thrilled to discover this ...

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Salvation Army Whip Cream Cake with Lemon Butter Frosting

23 July 2014

I just returned from a whirlwind 36-hour visit to Akron to celebrate my mother's 85th birthday.  While I have mixed feelings about my hometown ...

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A Tale of Two Biscuits

19 July 2014

A friend* recently asked if I ever did "nothing," i.e., just sit and think.  After I thought about it (for about a minute), I realized I never ...

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When Politics Trumps Baking

11 July 2014

In my last post about Pinwheel Cookies -- baked on a cookie sheet I took from Mayor Bill de Blasio's stoop giveaway -- I added a throwaway line about ...

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