Saturday, January 1, 2011

Been There, Baked That: The Top Ten of 2010



When I began my sweet experiment -- baking from (mostly) hand-written vintage recipe cards -- one year ago today, I hoped to discover some hidden treasures from the past. And, I wasn't disappointed.  So without further adieu, here are the top ten baker's dozen bake-worthy recipes of 1900 to 1963 baked in 2010. (And a few honorable mentions.)

1) Date Crackers, aka Yer Darn Tootin', I Like Fig Newtons
The delicious, addicting sleeper of the century.
 http://www.acakebakesinbrooklyn.com/2010/03/yer-darn-tootin-i-like-fig-newtons.html




2) Mrs. Duenwald's Poppy Seed Cake
An impressive triple flavor explosion direct from South Dakota  http://www.acakebakesinbrooklyn.com/2010/06/poppy-seed-cake.html



3) Pre-Poppin Fresh, aka Ida Zepps Refrigerator Rolls 
Absolutely ingenious rolls  http://www.acakebakesinbrooklyn.com/2010/01/ida-zepps-refrigerator-rolls.html





4) Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?
A rare and  truly seasonal treat (the sour cherries are available just two weeks per year) here http://www.acakebakesinbrooklyn.com/2010/06/can-she-bake-cherry-pie.html




5) The Accidental Black & White 
A cake masquerading as a NYC's quintessential cookie   http://www.acakebakesinbrooklyn.com/2010/05/accidental-black-white.html




6) Pull-Apart Kuchen
A fun-for-all ages sweet bread, no fork or knife required. http://www.acakebakesinbrooklyn.com/2010/07/pull-apart-kuchen-no-knife-or-fork.html




7) Mrs. Johnson's Strawberry Shortcake
The cake that's so good, you'll never go back to a biscuit.
http://www.acakebakesinbrooklyn.com/2010_05_01_archive.html




8) Very Creamy Cheesecake
DH's top pick for the year.
 http://www.acakebakesinbrooklyn.com/2010/11/very-best-creamy-cheesecake.html




9) Moonlight Chocolate Cake
Because this list wouldn't be complete without a yummy chocolate cake.  http://www.acakebakesinbrooklyn.com/2010/02/moonlight-chocolate-cake-with-seven.html





10) Isn't it Good Norwegian Cake
Read about this decadent cake that's so worth the calories here http://www.acakebakesinbrooklyn.com/2010/11/isnt-it-good-norwegian-cake.html



11) Lemon Cream Cake (and Dirty Martini)
A delicate, decadent,  delicious -- and foolproof -- cake.
http://www.acakebakesinbrooklyn.com/2010/08/lemon-cream-cake-and-dirty-martini.html





12) Mocha & Spice Chest 3 Layer Cake
A beautiful and  unusual cake, which would be really good if you don't overbake it as I did. http://www.acakebakesinbrooklyn.com/2010/01/birthday-cake.html




Honorable Mentions


1) Huckle Buckle
Because this is both a delicious dessert AND a sex position!
http://www.acakebakesinbrooklyn.com/2010/07/huckle-buckle-dessert-and-sex-position.html





2) Boston Cream Pie
This is good, but not quite "there."  Still, this "pie" dressed as a cake deserves another attempt in 2011.
http://www.acakebakesinbrooklyn.com/2010/03/boston-cream-pie-pie-in-cake-attire.html




3) Red Velvet Cake
This is on the list because it's the best red velvet recipe in the world, even though  it's not vintage.  Make it and impress your friends and family.  And no need to tint the frosting pink -- white is classic and lovely (I just couldn't find a picture with white icing).
http://www.acakebakesinbrooklyn.com/2010/08/best-red-velvet-cake-in-world.html


10 comments:

  1. I can't believe it's been a year already! Congrats Sue!

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  2. Your blog has been a great treat! I look forward to seeing and reading more about your adventures in baking. Send any leftovers my way.

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  3. So yummy! I agree, everyone of these is so worth the calories. Looking forward to the next year!

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  4. Thanks, everyone, and happy new year!

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  5. A Cake Bakes in Brooklyn is such a great concept for a blog! Love the posts and the recipes. Looking forward to 2011!

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  6. @Got the World: Thanks for finding me and posting your kind comments!

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  7. Your top ten aka "baker's dozen" ALL look mouth-wateringiy good... so let's party chez vous in Brooklyn soon with a Sunday Sampler of your top handful... I'm ready to try 'em all! ALLEN

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  9. Omg this is not something I should be looking at when I haven't even eaten a proper meal today yet. So easy to just want to bake one of these instead of eat any real food. Love the pull apart bread, cheesecake, and Boston Cream Pie! :) They all look amazing.

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  10. @bakingforhersoul: Too funny, but when you think about it, most baked goods are "real" food and contain the four basic food groups: butter, sugar, flour and eggs!

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