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the great american cake

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Chocolate Decadence

Perhaps no other dessert typifies the excess of the 1980s more than this flourless chocolate cake—which makes for an interesting parallel to the fancy cakes of the 1880s.
February 2000
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Angel Food Cake

This classic spongecake is thought to have originated with German settlers—a thrifty use of the many egg whites left over after making noodles. Apocryphal perhaps…delicious nonetheless.
February 2000
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Nana Edie’s Devil’s Food Cake

This recipe, all the rage at the turn of the previous century, makes the quintessential layer cake—old-fashioned and toothsome.
February 2000
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Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread

This recipe, from Claudia Fleming, former pastry chef at New York City's Gramercy Tavern, is superlative—wonderfully moist and spicy.
February 2000
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Sunshine Cake with Citrus Buttercream

With the addition of a citrus custard as a filling and a sprinkling of coconut over the frosting, this would be known as a Robert E. Lee cake.
February 2000
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Fresh Coconut Cake

Sometimes seen with a lemon filling, this is one of the oldest “fancy” layer cakes and a great southern tradition.
February 2000
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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

This cake, thought to have first appeared in the 1920s, has had such names as pineapple glacé and pineapple skillet cake.
February 2000
magazine

The Great American Cake

It’s been our national passion for more than 200 years. Here are seven classics worth reviving.
February 2000
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