Walnut Cake

What is the difference between regular flour and cake flour? I looked at a couple different websites that say basically the same thing: cake flour is finely milled, low protein, bleached flour made from winter wheat that results in a light, close crumb cake (meaning it doesn’t have big air pockets in the bake). It … Continue reading

Date & Nut Cake

The recipe for Philly Frosting would work nicely on the top of this cake. It seems like it could be dry or not have a lot of flavoring because it is literally dates & nuts together. Often you see cinnamon or other spices in a date cake. This is going to be a white cake … Continue reading

Self-frosting Spice-Nut Cake

From another site on the internet, I saw a comment that in the 1960s, the easiest food was the best food. A cake that frosts itself must have seemed like a dream to homemakers who baked a cake every week (or in some cases every day). Not to say that making frosting is difficult, but … Continue reading

Bran Date & Nut Muffins

Third in a series of bran muffins, today we have Bran Date & Nut muffins. These muffins are intended to be “mini muffins” with the direction to bake them in a gem pan. Gem pans can be configured in a variety of arrangements but they are usually intended to make a dozen or two dozen … 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

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

Walnut Torte

Another damaged page, and the pencil is fading and difficult to read. The walnut torte could be from Ukraine or Hungary, USA or Austria. They are typically layered, 3-6 layers, separated with whipped cream or flavored whipped cream (like mocha). The topping should be light and lovely, and depending on your preference can dribble over … Continue reading