Lemon Cream Cake (Mrs Marin)

Here is an example of a cake that is actually a pie. The delineation of cakes and pies really solidified in the 19th century, as prior to that cake, pie and pudding were all somewhat interchangeable. Remember the Boston Cream Pie that is baked in cake pans, the Fig Pudding that is boiled and resembles … Continue reading

Pineapple Gelatine Squares

I won’t deny it: I dislike gelatin desserts and salads. In a recent post I said that during the 60s, the best food was easy food, and gelatin dishes feel like a cop-out to me. There’s very little effort to making a jello salad. Maybe that was the intent, but for me it’s just a … Continue reading

Baked Apple Dumplings

There was a restaurant I went to a long time ago that had a baked apple very similar to this. It was divine, served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I highly recommend giving this recipe a try – I’m going to very soon! Honeycrisp apples are in season right now and would … Continue reading

Economy Pudding

As we learned some time ago, pudding isn’t always creamy and cake & pie were sometimes interchangeable in “the olden days.” This is an instance of a pudding that will be more like a cake. It’s likely similar to “figgy pudding” as referenced in Christmas carols, and may remind some people of bread pudding with … Continue reading

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