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

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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Pinwheel Cookies (or Bill de Blasio's Trash is My Treasure)

08 July 2014

In my neck of the Brooklyn woods, it's hard to walk a block on the weekend without bumping into a stoop sale. For those not willing to spend the day ...

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Ricotta Puffs

06 July 2014

Here's another winning recipe from Grace Johnson's c. 1950s hand-written cookbook purchased last year at a stoop sale near my house. Ricotta ...

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Rhubarb Cake

04 July 2014

Quick, before rhubarb season ends, get a few of these ruby stalks and bake this moist and delicious (and did I say easy?) cake. Its coconut topping ...

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Fourth of July Cake -- Washington Pie

02 July 2014

An Independence Day dessert recipe, named for our first president, and so good, it deserves reposting!  I wanted to make a July 4th dessert that ...

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Wedding Morning Coffee Cake

18 June 2014

On the morning of my daughter's wedding, about ten days ago, I was up bright and early to accept a Fresh Direct* delivery intended to keep all the ...

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DoughNOTS

16 June 2014

I thought the bad luck of Friday the 13th -- trapped in the subway for an hour and then my oven burst into flames when I finally got home -- was ...

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