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

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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Opera Creams

20 December 2014

Candy making is a lost art, but that wasn't the case in the early 1900s when candy (think fudge, divinity, toffee) was commonly made in home ...

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Ginger Cream Cookies with Glossy Orange Frosting

13 December 2014

I had high hopes for this cookie recipe and was a bit disappointed with the finished product (and wasn't going to blog about them). But then I got a ...

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Home-made Bread

07 December 2014

Instead of complaining about the relentless rainy downpour in New York yesterday, I decided to use the weather to my advantage and bake bread. For ...

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Gingerbread Surprise

04 December 2014

Everyone loved this c. 1930 gingerbread -- everyone except Jennie, the granddaughter of Mrs. W. L. Honsinger, the recipe's author. Jennie, my ...

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High Tea Blueberry Scones

30 November 2014

At work last week, my colleague Allison (aka a Mennonite in Manhattan) was treated to a high tea birthday party in Henry Street Settlement's historic ...

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Pecan Crunch Pie

25 November 2014

  Can one improve on tradition? Or at least tweak the expected? Yes, we can! If you're looking for a pecan pie alternate, but still want to give ...

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Mrs. Griffin's Chocolate Pudding

21 November 2014

Remember that chocolate pudding your mother used to make? Yeah, this is it, but better, especially if your mother (like mine) made chocolate pudding ...

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Gold Rush Brownies

19 November 2014

I made these the other night for several reasons, chief among them their ease of preparation (one bowl! five ingredients!) and their intriguing name. ...

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Cranberry Bread

15 November 2014

I've had a love affair with cranberry bread -- that enticing contrast between the tart berries and the sweet bread -- ever since I made it decades ...

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