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Ebinger's Bakery Blackout Cake

-----Original Message----- 
From: Elisa 
Sent: Thursday, February 04, 2016 4:16 PM
Subject: Ebinger's black out cake

Can you tell me the price of Ebingerís black out cake in the 1950ís

Hello Elisa,

I did not have any success with this, either on the Internet or in our library of food history books.

I will, of course post this on my site in the hopes that one of my readers can be of assistance. However, it will be March before it appears there.

My best suggestion would be for you to search the 1950s archives of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle for an Ebinger's Bakery ad that features the blackout cake and gives the price. There are no free archives of this newspaper online, but there is a subscription website that has the archives. See:

The other alternative would be for you to determine where the physical archives on microfilm are located and search them. (The Brooklyn Public Library, perhaps, or the New York Public Library)

In the event that one of my readers can assist, I will e-mail you with what I find.


I sent this request to my friend Gwen, who has access to newspaper archives, and she was successful.

I had luck with this request, and have attached a page from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle containing the ad, 
in case the requestor wants to revisit the memory in sight. The price for a 'Black Out' Layer Cake in the 50's = 80c. 

Some additional products and prices from Ebinger's in case someone asks in the future:
A frosted pistachio ring cake was 55 cents in 1949, a mother's day special layer cake (yellow cake, pink buttercream, 
sugar flower) 1.85 in 1949, a Halloween special 8' layer cake 2.50 in 1951, strawberry fudge layer cake was 95 centers in 1951, 
peach topped coffee cake 65 cents, milk chocolate chiffon cake was 79 cents in 1952, and an Easter buttercream layer cake 1.49 in both 1952.


Wonderful! Thanks, Gwen. I sent it on to Elisa.


Thank you so much! That's exactly what I have been looking for. 


Sara Lee Walnut Whipped Cream Layer Cake

From: Sharon  
Sent: Wednesday, February 03, 2016 4:12 PM
Subject: Sara Lee's Walnut Whipped Cream Layer Cake

It has been years since I have had this cake and I used to be able to get it at Gordon Food Service.  
I am told it is no longer produced, so I want to make it myself.  This three layer walnut cake was 
surrounded by a whipped cream frosting between layers and over the cake as well. This cake was found 
in the frozen food section and you kept it in the refrigerator to keep the whipped cream from falling.

I also had this cake in a couple of restaurants including a wonderful resort on St. Croix where dinner 
was served on a terrace overlooking the ocean.  It was the perfect desert - not too sweet and very tasty.

I have been searching the Internet hoping to find a recipe, no luck.  I have checked with Sara Lee 
(on their regular website and the wholesale site) and no luck.  I hope you have better luck than me!  
Thank you for your assistance.


Hi Sharon,

There is a photo of this cake here: Pinterest

Sorry, I cannot find a recipe, a copycat recipe, or even a cake recipe that someone says is similar to the Sara Lee cake. Sara Lee sold this cake as a food service item as well as selling it retail, so it was indeed served in restaurants. There are several requests for this recipe on the web, but no one has had any success. I will post this on my site for reader input.


On 8/9/2018 2:30 PM, Francine wrote:


I want to do something for a wonderful friend, he loved a cake from his childhood and 
I want to bake it for him, but Iíve never had it. †Iíve searched for hours and came up 
with nothing which really shocked me. †I tried again this morning and found you, so I 
thought Iíd try to see if you had any updates from this post: 
(Previous request for "Sara Lee's Walnut Whipped Cream Layer Cake."

My friend loves this cake and I am hoping that you may have had a response in the past 
two years. †I see someone suggested a recipe, but itís a torte, which is very different. †
Have you had any newer responses? †I appreciate any help you can give me. †

Iím not sure how your site works, will you respond directly to me? †I hope so, or I†
probably†wonít see it.†

Thank you so much!

Take Care,

Hello Francine,

I searched again today, and I'm sorry to tell you that there is still no recipe, no copycat recipe and no "tastes-like" recipe for Sara Lee Walnut Whipped Cream Layer Cake anywhere that I can find.

Since I have never had the Sara Lee cake, I could not recommend a cake recipe as tasting similar. The only suggestion that I can give you is that I did find a recipe and photo of a cake that looks like the Sara Lee cake. That's no guarantee that it will taste like the Sara Lee cake, but it is all that I have to offer you. See here for the recipe:† Walnut Hummingbird Cake


Hi Phaed,

Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly, I really appreciate it.  

I did see that one and it has pineapple and banana so I donít think itís the one 
that Iím looking for, but I will keep looking. ??

Take Care,

Thalhimer's Department Store Fudge

From: Kim 
Sent: Thursday, February 04, 2016 2:41 PM
Subject: Fudge

One of my friends is dying to find Thalhimerís fudge recipe. Thanks!


Hi Kim,

I had no success with this search. I have some Thalhimerís recipes on my site, but not the fudge.

Iíll post this for reader input.


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