Highclere Castle

‘At Home At Highclere – Entertaining At The Real Downton Abbey’ – Exclusive Book Preview

‘At Home at Highclere – Entertaining at THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY’ by The Countess of Carnarvon Many of us are still yearning for more episodes of our beloved Downton Abbey. … Continued

Angel Food Cake History

Angel Food Cake History

  Angel Food cake is thought to be a takeoff of the Sponge Cake, Cornstarch Cake, Silver Cake, and/or Snow-drift Cake.  There are several theories on who originated this Angel … Continued

Baba Au Rhum Cake

Baba Au Rhum Cake History

Baba Au Rhum Cake – Baba Au Savarin – Savar   Baba Au Rhum Cake is a small cakes made from yeast dough containing raisins or currants.  Baba Au Rhum … Continued

Birthday Cake History

    Some historians think that the custom of the birthday cake was observed in ancient Greece, and they report that the birthday cake began with the Greeks who used … Continued

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake History and Recipe

Black Forest cake has multiple (usually 4) layers of chocolate sponge cake, cherries, and whipped cream.  It is frosted with whipped cream and covered with chocolate shavings and a few … Continued

Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie History and Recipe

Is Boston Cream Pie really a cake and not a pie!?  Two layers of sponge cake are filled with thick vanilla custard and topped with a chocolate glaze or a … Continued

Charlotte Russe Cake

Charlotte Russe Cake History

Charlotte Russe is a cake that the mold of the cake pan is lined with sponge fingers (Ladyfingers) and then filled with a custard.  Sometimes cake or bread slices are … Continued

Devils Food Cake

Devils Food Cake History and Recipe

Devil’s Food Cake is also know as Red Velvet Cake, Red Devils Cake, Waldorf Astoria Cake, and $100 Dollar Cake.  A beautiful mild chocolate flavor cake that is startlingly red. … Continued

Election Day Cake

Election Day Cake History and Recipe

Election Day Cake is actually a classic English fruitcake or plum cake.  The original Election Day Cake included molasses, spice, raisins, and currants were used in this cake.  Later brandy was … Continued

English Trifle

English Trifle Recipe

What is an English Trifle?  It is a cake well soaked with sherry and served with a boiled custard poured over it.  It is delicious and elegant looking layered in … Continued

Fruitcake History

Fruitcake History

Fruitcakes are holiday and wedding cakes which have a very heavy fruit content.  They require special handling and baking to obtain successful results.  The name “fruitcake” can be traced back … Continued

German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake History

  German Chocolate Cake is an American creation that contains the key ingredients of sweet baking chocolate, coconut, and pecans. This cake was not brought to the American Midwest by … Continued

German Marble Cake

German Marble Cake History and Recipe

German Marble Cake brings back fond childhood memories for my daughters, as their Grandma Gertie always made Marble Cake for them.  Whenever Grandma Gertie knew that company was coming over, … Continued

Gooey Butter Cake

Gooey Butter Cake History and Recipe

This Gooey Butter Cake consists of a dry, flat base covered with a “goo” mixture.  It is sticky and chewy and very delicious.  This ultra-sweet treat is a St. Louis … Continued

Haupia Cake

Haupia Cake Recipe

Haupia Cake or Hawaiian Pudding Cake is a traditional Hawaiian coconut pudding cake that is made with coconut milk.  This dessert is often found at luaus and other local gatherings … Continued