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Prantl's Bakery Burnt Almond Torte

From: Patty
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:25 AM
Subject: recipe

Is there a recipe for Burnt Almond Torte made by Prandle Bakery. It is located in Pittsburgh Pa.. 
One location in Downtown Pgh. and one in Shadyside Pgh.
It is a layer cake with a butter cream icing covered with  toasted almonds. It is fantastic and I would 
love to try and make one. Prandle will not give out any recipe info.

Thank you , 
Patty from Pittsburgh

Hello Patty,

The correct name of the bakery appears to be “Prantl’s Bakery”, not “Prandle”. They have a website here: Prantl's Bakery

As you say, they don’t give out a recipe for it. No one has the real recipe except them. There are a few copycat recipes and “tastes-likes”:

This is supposed to be the best: WQED Cooks

This one is a copycat recipe:

This one does not claim to be a copycat, but is said to be similar and delicious: Post-Gazette


McKenzie's Bakery Fudge Ripple Cake

-----Original Message----- 
From: Tanya
Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2014 1:37 AM
Subject: McKenzie's Cake

Hello, I have been looking for years for the recipe for my favorite cake 
that McKenzie's Bakery made, it is the Fudge Ripple Cake. The cake had a 
white frosting that had a little firmness to the outside layer of the icing 
but under that layer the icing was soft and creamy and the cake had a 
chocolate icing edging the top layer of the cake and it ran down the sides, 
this icing would harden. I would actually look forward for my birthday or 
any special occasion because my husband would "surprise" me with this cake. 
I am so disappointed that I have not found this recipe and it also seems 
that no one is looking for this recipe or maybe they have forgotten about 
this cake. Please help me in finding this recipe because I believe that my 
daughters would love to taste this cake that I talk so much about.
I know you found the recipe for the Blackout Cake, but years ago when I was 
unable to purchase this cake I thought about what this cake seem to be made 
of and of course my version my not be a McKenzie's Blackout Cake, but I 
improvised. I make the cake with a box of chocolate cake mix, made according 
to the directions, I actually bake this cake in 4 cake pans. I use 3 large 
boxes of chocolate pudding, I add milk to it to the consistency of a thick 
icing. I then ice 3 of the layers including the outside of the cake with the 
thick pudding. I then crumble the fourth layer until it is fine, then I 
apply the crumbs to the cake applying a little pressure so that the crumbs 
stick to the pudding (icing). This does make a mess be it is well worth it. 
My family absolutely loves my version of the Blackout Cake. Enjoy!!


Hi Tanya,

I had no success finding a recipe for McKenzie's fudge ripple cake. I'll post this on my site in case a reader can help. My McKenzie's Bakery page is here: McKenzie's Bakery

There's a good-looking fudge ripple cake recipe here: Happy Homemaker


Peanut Butter Frosting

From: Adele 
Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:31 PM
Subject: Peanut Butter Frosting

Hi Phaedrus

My mother-in-law was famous for her peanut butter frosting.
None of us can find the recipe
Can you help?

Hello Adele,

Since I have no details about your mother-in-law’s peanut butter frosting, there is no way for me to search for a recipe like it. Below are some peanut butter frosting recipe examples.


Peanut Butter Frosting

1/2 c. margarine, softened
3 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
2 egg yolks
1 (16 oz.) pkg. powdered sugar (sifted)
1/4 c. plus 1 tbsp. half and half
1 tsp. vanilla

  Cream margarine and peanut butter; add egg yolks, beating well. Gradually add the sugar alternative with the half and half, 
beating well after each addition.  Stir in the vanilla.  Makes enough for one three layer cake.
Peanut Butter Frosting

2 c. powdered sugar
2 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3 1/2 tbsp. cream
2 tbsp. peanut butter 

Cream sugar and butter.  Add cream and peanut butter and vanilla.  Spread on cake.   
Peanut Butter Frosting

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
3 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. peanut butter
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
Several drops of milk

Mix softened cream cheese and peanut butter thoroughly.  Add half of powdered sugar and cream of tartar.  
Mix well and add remaining sugar adding enough drop of milk to make into a spreading consistency.  
Peanut Butter Frosting

1 1/2 lbs. powdered sugar
1 c. Crisco
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. (chunky) peanut butter
5 oz. can evaporated milk

Mix together on high speed until light and fluffy.  

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