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Piccadilly Cafeteria Cake

From: Robert 
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 3:48 PM

Dear Uncle

So great to find your web site I am trying to find a recipe for a desert from Piccadilly cafeteria in Richmond Va 
from the 70s and 80s -it was served cold kind of a spice cake but kind of chocolate cake, crazy moist with a kinda 
chocolate pudding on top with chopped walnuts thanks for any help.


Hello Robert,

Sorry, I can’t find any recipe from Piccadilly that fits your description. There is not a cake like that on their current menu. see: Piccadilly Cafeteria Menu


IGA Bakery Cobblestone Bread

From: Wendy 
Sent: Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:46 PM
Subject: lost recipe search...

You have helped me out by finding so many other recipes thought I'd give you this challenging one... 

IGA stores used to sell a bread from their bakery they called COBBLESTONE bread... it was very buttery light bread... 
that resembled the texture of an English Toasting bread the style of a monkey type bread.. and the top of the 
bread looked like a cobble stone from a road.. all bumps and crevices.  IGA No longer sells this bread.   

I have found some recipes for a bread called cobblestone.. but it has fruit and such in it.. the bread I'm looking 
for also appeared to be a batter type bread... light and fluffy.. 

Any chance you can find the recipe??

Thank you in advance as always! 

~ Wendy

Hi Wendy,

There is a bread company named “Cobblestone Bread Company. See: Cobblestone Bread Company

There is also a bread company named “Cobblestone Mills Bread Company. See: Cobblestone Mills Bread Company

However, I understand that the “Cobblestone Bread” that you are looking for is not a product of these companies, but a bread made in the IGA store bakery. I found only a couple of mentions of it, in IGA ads: Coupons and Southern Illinoisan Newspaper Archive: July 26, 1972 - Page 19: IGA ad

I had no success finding a recipe for Cobblestone Bread that mentioned IGA. There are a variety of “Cobblestone bread” recipes, some with fruit, some with honey & cinnamon, and some with onion & cheese. The only one that I found with none of those ingredients is “English Cobblestone Bread”. See: and Tastebook

If that’s not it, then I’m afraid I can’t help. I never had the Cobblestone Bread from IGA, so I could not recommend a recipe as being similar.

There are some photos of a bread like you describe called "Cobblestone Bread" on Google images, but there are no recipes attached to the images.

I’ll post this. Perhaps a former IGA Bakery employee will respond.


Piccadilly Harvest Cake

I found this while searching for something else.

Piccadilly Harvest Cake

1 3/4 pounds peeled carrots, chopped 
1 cup granulated sugar 
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
2 tablespoons flour 
3 eggs, well-beaten with electric mixer 
1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine, at room temperature 
Confectioners' sugar 

Steam or boil carrots. Drain well and transfer to a large mixing bowl. 

While carrots are still warm, add sugar, baking powder and vanilla extract. 
Beat with mixer until smooth. 

Add flour and mix well; add whipped eggs and beat well. Add margarine and 
beat well. 

Pour mixture into a 2-quart baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour 
or until top is light golden brown. Sprinkle lightly with confectioners' 
sugar over top before serving 
Subject: Hi there!
From: Phyllis 
Date: 11/12/2021, 3:21 PM
To: "" 

Hi there!

I came across your website when looking for an older Dr. Bird cake and while 
I was there, I noticed someone had requested the Harvest Cake recipe from 
Piccadilly Cafeteria. You may not have been able to find the recipe as 
specified because the recipe doesn't actually exist in a form the home baker 
could use.

I worked at Piccadilly in the middle 1970's and was always fascinated by their 
use of leftovers. They transformed leftover EVERTHING into something new to 
serve on the line and the Harvest Cake is a perfect example.

The Harvest Cake was made from the fillings of leftover fruit pies (which were 
made from scratch there), some additional flour, sugar, eggs, cocoa and nuts. 
The amount of the additional ingredients depended on the weight of the leftover 
fillings. Somehow, there was never any leftovers of the cake! 

Anyway, that's today's bit of trivia.

Have a great day! And thanks for your recipes.

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