I hope everyone is having a wonderful long holiday weekend. This has always been a great time in the United States to remember the founding of our country. We celebrate other things as well, those things we have because of our country’s unique founding: we celebrate our families, our friends, the great outdoors, the warm summer weather, and even the extra time off work. And we do it all with food.
In the past, our family celebrations have usually included a cake. Primarily because cakes are so easy to make ahead of time and their easy to tote along with us. I found a new book that is just right for this weekend.
Recipes Celebrating Every State
by Warren Brown
Warren, of CakeLove fame, has lots of passions and this book highlights two of them: his love of history and his love for baking cakes. He set out to find those classic recipes that are linked to each state.
In some cases he created new recipes to feature a food item known in the state. I like that Warren also throws in a little history along with the recipes. And, there are a few non-cake recipes such as Florida Key Lime Pie.
I was particularly interested in the states that have been important in my life. These are the states I’ve lived in or my children live in or went to college in. This will give you a small sample of the cake recipes you will find in this ambitious book.
- Wisconsin: Brown Sugar, Cranberry and Pecan Cake
- California: Avacado Cupcakes and Chiffon Cake
- Missouri: 7 Up Cake
- Kansas: Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Iowa: Roasted Pecan Cornbread
- Maryland: Smith Island Cake
- New Mexico: Bizcochita Cake
- Kentucky: Derby Pie and Kentucky Jam Cake
- Indiana: Hoosier Cream Pie
- Oregon: Filbert Chocolate Cake
If you love cake, this is one book you should have on your shelf. You’ll like all the big color photos too. I can see a future blogger setting out a challenge to bake all 52 cakes (includes Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.) within a year. I don’t want to try all 52 but I’d have a go at the 12 I’ve listed above. That’s only only one a month. Anybody on?
About the author: Warren Brown left a career in law to pursue his love of baking. In 2002, he opened his first bakery, CakeLove, and he now has seven shops in the greater D.C. and Baltimore areas. The author of CakeLove: How to Bake Cakes from Scratch, he lives with his wife in Washington, D.C.
United Cakes of America: Recipes Celebrating Every State is available at Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.)
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