Banana Layer Cake

This is another recipe with little information, and does not include a baking temperature or time. I believe this falls back again on a cook’s knowledge. So often I find vintage recipes that don’t include these pieces of information and I think women just knew based on their experience. Of course, modern women are not … Continue reading

500 Cake

I’m not really sure what the 500 in 500 Cake means. Possibly $500, but why not put the dollar symbol? I have a recipe for Oscar’s $100 Cake that dates from this general era, so a $500 banana cake recipe seems a bit of an expense! The town of Cudahy is a small one located … Continue reading

Orange Cake

I hope everyone had a nice week off celebrating American Independence, or just enjoying yourselves. In the spirit of summer, today’s newspaper recipe is for an Orange Cake, sounds lovely. It came from Mrs Le Roy Mohnke at 1680 S. Pearl Street. I believe this was in Milwaukee, WI. Just for fun, I did a … Continue reading

NRA Refrigerator Pudding

From Mrs J. F. Frehler Jr in West Allison, we have NRA Refrigerator Pudding. I don’t think “NRA” in this context means National Rifle Association. It is more likely to mean National Recovery Agency aka the New Deal, passed under President Franklin Roosevelt in 1933. It was designed to help normalize prices and wages during … Continue reading

Angel Lemon Pie

We are going to look a a number of newspaper clippings next. This particular recipe reminds me of Gram’s Angel Pie recipe. Gram’s is a bit more detailed if you like and slightly different. Angel Pie is delicious, like a cloud of lemon and baked merengue, a bit like a pavlova. This recipe seems more … Continue reading

White Fruit Cake

This sounds a bit like a sponge cake with the large amount of egg whites, and a bit like a fruit cake with the citron, pineapple and candied cherries. In contrast to winter fruit cakes, this recipe calls for no cinnamon, nutmeg or clove. It also uses the egg whites and baking powder for a … Continue reading

Prune Pudding

Modern day prunes have a bad rap, but in history a prune was just a type of plum. There are different types of plums, and one thing that differentiates them is how easily the stone or pit comes out. Prunes are freestone, meaning their stone comes out easily, whereas most plums available in the grocer’s … Continue reading