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

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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Grace Johnson's French Bread, by way of Brooklyn

18 February 2014

Though I write from Brooklyn and that name is in my blog title, I rarely come across vintage recipes from born-and-bred Brooklynites.  But I did ...

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Butterscotch Cookies with Burnt Butter Icing

16 February 2014

When my friend Elaine extended an invitation to a cookie swap for preschool parents at the Third Street Music School (and mentioned that among the ...

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