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Sour Cherries Cake

From: pat
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2014 11:50 PM
Subject: cherry cake recipe from high school

In the home economics class in Anthony, NM in 1962 there was a recipe that had you make a sweet batter that went into a loaf pan, 
and then a can of sour cherries was poured on top.  In one of my many moves I lost that recipe.  The batter baked up over the 
cherries and it was delicious.  Do you have any clue as to what this recipe is or how I can find it?  I would sure appreciate any 
help you can give me.



Hi Pat,

Sorry, I cannot find a Sour Cherry Cake recipe that fits your description precisely, and none at all that mentioned home economics or Anthony, New Mexico. The closest that I found was one called “cherry loaf”, which is below. However, in it, the sour cherries are mixed into the batter and the loaf has a sweet vanilla sauce on top.

I did not find many recipes in which the sour cherries are poured on top. Most recipes that I found had chocolate or nuts or both.

There is a “Sour Cherry Cake” recipe here with the cherries on top, but it is not cooked in a loaf pan: Sour Cherry Cake

There is a “Hungarian Sour Cherry Cake” recipe here, but it’s cooked on a baking sheet: Hungarian Sour Cherry Cake

I’ll post this in case a reader can help.


Cherry Loaf 
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 c. milk
1 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. melted butter
2 c. drained sour cherries

1 c. sugar
1/2 c. cream
1/2 c. butter

Sift dry ingredients into bowl. Add melted butter and milk. Fold in the drained cherries. Bake at 375 degrees in loaf pan for 1 hour or more. 
Sauce: Boil all 3 ingredients for 1 minute. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Serve warm.

Vinegar Sauce

From: Verna
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:23 AM
Subject: Vinegar sauce

Dear Phaedrus.I hope you can get me a recipe for vinegar sauce. My Mother used to make a vinegar sauce to pour over pound cake.
It was really good,& I would love to have the recipe.Thank you. Verna 

Hi Verna,

In the book “The United States Regional Cook Book” edited by Ruth Berolzheimer, I found the below recipe in the “dessert sauces” section. It was given as a sauce for pouring over puddings, but it could as well be served over pound cake.

Also, I have a recipe here for a Vinegar Sauce for Gingerbread.


Vinegar Sauce

1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons vinegar

Mix sugar and flour together, add boiling water gradually, stirring constantly, and cook until mixture thickens. 
Add butter and vinegar.

Berry Thing

-----Original Message----- 
From: maureen 
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 6:55 PM
Subject: Spanish bar cake

Hi Uncle Phaedrus, I love your site and have you in my 'FAVORITES"!  I also 
made a fruit dessert that my family loved but I can't find the recipe. It 
had all kinds of berries especially blackberries and it was like a Brown 
Betty type thing but not quite. I am hoping I will recognize it when I see 
it. Thanks for all your help!

Hi Maureen,

The sparseness of your information makes this difficult. The closest recipe that I found is below.


Berry Roll

1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 stick butter or oleo
1/2 c. milk
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 qt. berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries)

  Heat fruit in pan.  In deep casserole dish, melt butter.  Mix sugar, 
flour, baking powder and milk together. Pour into hot butter, do not stir. 
On top of this add hot berries.  Bake at 375 degrees for 1/2 hour until 

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