Cake or Pie or Both

| 3/16/2016 11:21:00 AM

Connie Moorecake/pie with whipped topping

Call me a skeptic. When an idea comes across my desk that stays on my desk for a couple of years, always getting shifted to the bottom of the pile, it’s pretty certain I doubt it will work.

Just such a recipe called Funny Cake Pie was sent me. Then, more recently, a friend gave me a copy of an old Clabber Girl Baking Powder booklet and the funny cake/pie thing came to light again. The booklet published in the 1940s promoted “Fine baking is family fun.”

Clabber Girl brand has been around since 1848 and is a trusted ingredient found on millions of kitchen shelves. Probably most well-known for its baking powder biscuit recipe, the makers were keen on introducing all manner of baking ideas for their product-hence the little booklets.

The booklet’s recipe for the dessert lists it as an Old Dutch favorite. Having an interest in history of recipes, I went looking for its origin. Even Google does not have a definitive answer. What Google does have is dozens of recipes of various measurements and techniques for the cake/pie.

Not trusting internet recipes may be a drawback I will regret some day, but not in this case. One of my rules for testing odd recipes is to use the oldest, most tested, paper-printed copy available. The Clabber Girl booklet was my choice.