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

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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Cup Cakes (Disguised as Muffins)

11 January 2015

These days, most muffins are really just cake without the frosting. But this mid-20th century recipe is the opposite. It's titled Cup Cakes, but what ...

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Cup Cakes

09 January 2015

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Chocolate Sirup [sic]

05 January 2015

You know the night before the diet begins and you decide to disgrace yourself  really live it up? For me, that was last night. Not only was I ...

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Muriel Clar's Poppy Seed Bars

04 January 2015

Yesterday while cleaning out my files (one of many, many New Year's resolutions), I was delighted to discover a recipe given to me by my mother's ...

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Buttermilk Cookies and Cat Stevens

03 January 2015

Back in 2014, the DH and I traveled to Philadelphia's Tower Theater to see Yusuf Cat Stevens play his first American concert in 35 years. (He had ...

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Cinnamon & Nut Coffee Cake

28 December 2014

In the days following the Christmas madness, there's nothing more homey than a freshly baked coffee cake. However, at the request of my DS, who ...

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Gingersnaps

21 December 2014

If you can't bear to cut out another Christmas cookie, consider this festive -- and snappy -- holiday cookie. Not only are these gingersnaps ...

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