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Classic Cakes That Need Resurrecting

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#151 sparrowgrass

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Posted 26 May 2003 - 05:08 PM

The June Martha Stewart Living mag (so sue me, I read Martha :raz: ) has a beautiful looking Hummingbird Cake recipe. The cake has banana, coconut, walnuts and pineapple in it, and it is decorated with thin slices of dried pineapple. The pineapple slices look like coreopsis flowers.
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#152 snowangel

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Posted 28 May 2003 - 10:18 PM

Today (Wed.) was Heidi's birthday. She's 9, cute, cute, cute, with a body built for lycra. She absolutely adores towering white creations, so it was the Coconut Layer cake from The Perfect Cake for Her Day. She had 3+ pieces. A body built for lycra can handle 3 pieces.

No one, least of all Heidi, was in the least bit disappointed. One cake, 5 people, maybe 3 pieces left. Guess what's for breakfast?

Yes, towering white creations have a place and are a good thing. How long has it been since you had a coconut layer cake?

P. S. I should also note that dinner consisted of her favorite foods: deviled eggs and brie. She likes her deviled eggs lightly topped with blue cheese. Yum. Balanced; no. Good; yes.
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Posted 28 May 2003 - 11:01 PM

Sounds wonderful, snowangel. :smile:

Ah, so many cakes (and pies, and puddings, and cobblers, and cookies, and ice creams, and and) - so little time. :sigh:

#154 Dave the Cook

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Posted 31 May 2003 - 03:54 PM

Before this topic goes to sleep for a while, I thought maybe I could entice you bakers with one last recipe. If I don't get a response here, I'm gonna try one of those folks on the smoking threads.

This is from Recipes from Old Virginia, a book originally published in 1958 by The Virginia Extension Homemakers Council and The Virginia Federation of Home Demonstration Clubs. My mother brought it back from a recent trip she took to Williamsburg and Jamestown.

I'm pretty sure it qualifies as a cake that no one makes anymore, though perhaps it's not really in need of resurrecting:

Pork Cake.

I can't publish the recipe due to copyright restrictions, but I tease you with this: it features two pounds each of meat and brown sugar, five cups of flour, and words I didn't know I yearned to hear until I actually read them out loud:

Cream sugar and pork.


Anyone game? PM me for the recipe.

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#155 elyse

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Posted 31 May 2003 - 04:52 PM

I am so frightened right now.

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Posted 31 May 2003 - 05:22 PM

I am so frightened right now.

Please enumerate. Sometimes it helps if you talk about your fears out loud.

And relax -- it's just cake.




...cake made from pig meat.

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#157 elyse

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Posted 31 May 2003 - 05:56 PM

IT'S PORK CAKE, DAVE! SWEET, PORK CAKE!

I'm going back to my happy place now.

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Posted 31 May 2003 - 06:33 PM

While tender, young Elyse quivers over there in the corner, I'll point out that this actually sounds like a mincemeat cake.

And when it comes to mincemeat, why draw the line at pies? If you make a Pork Cake instead, you don't have that troublesome crust thing to worry about.

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#159 Xanthippe

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Posted 31 May 2003 - 07:58 PM

While tender, young Elyse quivers over there in the corner, I'll point out that this actually sounds like a mincemeat cake.

When I read your initial description of the cake, I pretty much figured the recipe would be similar to mincemeat -- which I happen to love. Turns out I was right (she sez proudly yet modestly!).

Don't be frightened, elyse; we won't let the big ol' scary pork cake get you!!

But you might want to look under your bed before retiring this evening . . .

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Posted 31 May 2003 - 08:14 PM

  I should also note that dinner consisted of her favorite foods:  deviled eggs and brie.  She likes her deviled eggs lightly topped with blue cheese. 

Deviled eggs made as usual and blue cheese crumbled on top??? Sounds wonderful!

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Posted 01 June 2003 - 02:46 PM

:huh: :sad:

#162 maggiethecat

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Posted 01 June 2003 - 03:06 PM

Cream sugar and pork.


"words I didn't know I yearned to hear until I actually read them out loud:"

Yes, Sigh! (Kinda like the one time I was in Oklahoma City and the concierge said "Howdy, Ma'am!" A desire I never knew I had until it happened.

Brown suger and pork. Yes, this could work. But the quantity is pretty astounding; would the Kitchenaid be up to it? Amd that's before flour eggs, etc.! It occurs to me that the housewife of Old Virginia probably had cheap---or worse-- slave labour here.

Any dried fruit? Liqour? Never mind, Arch, I'll PM you for the recipe!

Edited by maggiethecat, 01 June 2003 - 10:37 PM.

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#163 snowangel

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Posted 01 June 2003 - 09:03 PM

Trust, maggie, that just as soon as you get the recipe, you will pull out the kitchenaide, mix, bake and report.

I don't, however, envision it looking quite like Princess Heidi's Coconut Layer Cake...
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Posted 01 June 2003 - 09:06 PM

No one seems surprised at the lack of a frosting recommendation.

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Posted 02 June 2003 - 10:56 AM

No one seems surprised at the lack of a frosting recommendation.

Chaste sprinkling of powdered sugar, perhaps?

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#166 Xanthippe

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Posted 02 June 2003 - 11:39 AM

No one seems surprised at the lack of a frosting recommendation.

Chaste sprinkling of powdered sugar, perhaps?

Who needs frosting?? You've got pork! :biggrin:

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Posted 02 June 2003 - 11:51 AM

No one seems surprised at the lack of a frosting recommendation.

Chaste sprinkling of powdered sugar, perhaps?

Who needs frosting?? You've got pork! :biggrin:

And gosh, Lily, chastity is not the thought that springs to mind when we're talking pork and brown sugar.

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#168 elyse

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Posted 02 June 2003 - 06:45 PM

You people have no idea how much I want this thread locked right now.

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Posted 02 June 2003 - 06:57 PM

You people have no idea how much I want this thread locked right now.

But you see, Babe, it exerts a horrible fascination...you keep checking in!

Archie: Don't tease. Does the frosting start with: Cream two pounds of lard and six cups of white corn syrup?

Edited by maggiethecat, 02 June 2003 - 06:59 PM.

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Posted 02 June 2003 - 07:55 PM

Orange layer cake with orange frosting. I have a recipe and make it sometimes but have never seen it in stores.
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Posted 02 June 2003 - 07:56 PM

Archie: Don't tease.  Does the frosting start with: Cream two pounds of lard and six cups of white corn syrup?

Garnish with bacon rosettes?
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Posted 02 June 2003 - 08:12 PM

You people have no idea how much I want this thread locked right now.

But you see, Babe, it exerts a horrible fascination...you keep checking in!

This the Orient Express on the River Kwai. No. It's like a recurring nightmare. You can't stay awake forever.

#173 maggiethecat

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Posted 02 June 2003 - 08:14 PM

Orange layer cake with orange frosting. I have a recipe and make it sometimes but have never seen it in stores.

WHT: Omigod! I remember this sublime cake...an aunt made it. Could you please please post it in the recipe archive...or just PM it?

Orange frosting. Double Yum!

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#174 zilla369

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Posted 09 June 2003 - 08:22 AM

The June Martha Stewart Living mag (so sue me, I read Martha  :raz: ) has a beautiful looking Hummingbird Cake recipe.  The cake has banana, coconut, walnuts and pineapple in it, and it is decorated with thin slices of dried pineapple.  The pineapple slices look like coreopsis flowers.

Just happened to see she's making in on tomorrow's MSL...wow, the pineapple flowers do look amazing.
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#175 hannnah

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Posted 09 June 2003 - 08:30 AM

Archie: Don't tease.  Does the frosting start with: Cream two pounds of lard and six cups of white corn syrup?

Garnish with bacon rosettes?

Cracklings. On the side instead of nuts (friend of mine calls it the "wood chip" presentation).

Mmm. Crunchy.

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#176 snowangel

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Posted 12 September 2003 - 07:03 AM

Orange layer cake with orange frosting. I have a recipe and make it sometimes but have never seen it in stores.

WHT: Omigod! I remember this sublime cake...an aunt made it. Could you please please post it in the recipe archive...or just PM it?

Orange frosting. Double Yum!

Time to bring this topic back up front. I don't bake much in the summer. Too busy. As the days shorten and cool, it's time to fire up the oven.

Did this recipe ever appear?
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#177 sherribabee

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Posted 12 September 2003 - 07:54 AM

My mother always made a Texas Sheet Cake.  What the hell does Texas have to do with a boring chocolate cake???

OMG...I LOVE Texas Sheet Cake. :wub: :wub: :wub:

It's called "Texas" because it's so dang big. And you think it's boring? Then you haven't had a "real" Texas Sheet Cake.
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Posted 12 September 2003 - 08:12 AM

I just put it on my Amazon wish list.


How did I just find out about this?!!!!! Can other's access the wish list like a registry? Just curious.




(maggiethecat @ Jun 2 2003, 07:57 PM)
Archie: Don't tease. Does the frosting start with: Cream two pounds of lard and six cups of white corn syrup? 

Garnish with bacon rosettes?



This is hilarious!!!!

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Texas Sheet cake is awesome. My grandmother makes a wonderful lemon sheet cake, the kind you bake, poke holes in and drizzle sweetened lemon juice/glaze over the top. I have a great recipe for carrot cake too, but alas it is also under copyright. Please pm me if you would like me to share.

My favorite thing (not really a cake, but type of pudding) is bread pudding with rum raisin ice cream and warm rum raisins on top.
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#179 sherribabee

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Posted 12 September 2003 - 08:33 AM

I have a great recipe for carrot cake too, but alas it is also under copyright.  Please pm me if you would like me to share. 

Heh. I have images of the recipe police flinging lawsuits at us like the RIAA is doing to all the Kazaa users. :blink:
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Posted 12 September 2003 - 08:39 AM

Time to bring this topic back up front.  I don't bake much in the summer.  Too busy.  As the days shorten and cool, it's time to fire up the oven.

Did this recipe ever appear?

I just checked. Nope. I'll try to do some research and find something comparable. I too tend to bake less in the summertime, and although it's still darn warm here in (Very) "Far Eastern Iowa" I'm getting the baking bug again. I made a big batch of puff pastry yesterday -- ah, puff pastry in the freezer! What a sense of security! I also made a batch of lemon shortbreads in my ongoing research into Travelling Cookies for the Pig Pickin'.

While I was perusing the cake portion of the recipe archive I came across souljoy's recipe for Lemon Coriander Tea Cakes, so I guess they're up next! Please enlighten this Northern Person: They seem close to a biscuit/scone kinda thing. Am I close?

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