Van de Kamp's Bakery
Van de Kamp's Bakery was a favorite of Southern California residents for many, many years.
Van de Kamp's Bakery was sold by the Van de Kamp family to General Baking Co. in 1956.
The company was then sold to private investors in 1979, and closed in bankruptcy in 1990 .
Theodore Van de Kamp founded the bakery and the seafood company, and he also was one of
the co-founders of "Tam O' Shanter Inn", Lawry's Prime Rib Restaurant, and Lawry's Seasoning Company.
The seasoning company was sold to Lipton/Unilever in 1979, then sold to McCormick & Company in July 2008.
It appears that the only connection the family has with any of these is with the Lawry's Prime Rib Restaurant
in Beverly Hills, CA.
There is a history of Van de Kamp's here: KCET
When Van de Kamp's Bakery closed it's doors in 1990, the owners must have collected all of the recipe books and
either locked them up or destoyed them, and they must have sworn all the employees to secrecy. In all the years
that I have been doing this site, I have never found recipes that were verifiably from the bakery, nor have I
ever been been contacted by a former baker from Van de Kamp's.
The recipes below are the only recipes that I have been able to locate on the Internet, and they are
just attempts at re-creating the recipes. They are not actual Van de Kamp's recipes. After 1929, many, if
not most, of Van de Kamp's pastries were made at a central production facilty located at Glassell Park in
Los Angeles. The pastries were then delivered to the retail shops. That reduces the likelihood of finding
any actual recipes.
There is a Facebook page devoted to Van de Kamp's Bakery. Posting there might be the best bet for recipes.
Van de Kamp family members and former bakery employees would be attracted to the page:
Van de Kamp's Bakery on Facebook
Kelly's Kookies has a sugar cookie that, I am told, tastes similar to Van de Kamp's Holiday Sugar Cookies.
Dutch Girl Cookies
Butter Spritz Cookies
Similar to Van de Kamp's Date Nut Bread
Van de Kamp's Twist Coffee Cake
Molasses Cookies Tastes-Like
Tastes Like the White Cake Frosting
No luck with these:
- almond icebox cookies
- angel cake with milk chocolate frosting
- any icing or frosting
- bran muffins
- brown sugar cake
- cheese bread
- cherry shortbread
- chocolate chip cookies
- coconut cake
- crumb donuts
- gluten free bread
- holiday cookies
- honey bran muffins
- honey luncheon cake
- maple pecan cookies
- milk chocolate cupcakes
- mocha cake
- molasses cookies
- orange breakfast rolls
- orange cake
- peanut butter cookies
- pineapple pie
- prune Danish ring
- slivered almond coffee cake
- spice cake
- sugar cookies
- white birthday cake
- windmill cookies