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Frederick & Nelson Mocha Layer Cake

Subject: Frederick & Nelson mocha walnut layer cake
From: Linda
Date: 12/27/2020, 8:20 PM

On 12/27/2020 3:05 PM, linda wrote:

Dear Phaedrus,

I have looked and looked in vain for the recipe for the mocha layer cake 
with walnuts covering the frosting that used to be sold in the main first 
floor bakery.† It is a strong† and delicious memory from the Ď50s, Ď60s, 
and Ď70s!† Are you able to track it down or give me some suggestions?†Iíd 
be most grateful!

Thank you,


Hello Linda,

I did a thorough search, but I cannot find any mention of a mocha walnut layer cake from Frederick & Nelson.

There is a mocha walnut rum layer cake recipe here: Food & Wine

I will post this. Perhaps one of my readers can assist.


On 12/27/2020 8:28 PM, linda wrote:
Dear Phaed!

Well, thank you sooo much!  I have found and printed that cake recipe, too, 
from Food & Wine but before I went to the trouble of making it, I thought 
Iíd put it out there for the real thing. But it is possible that this one 
will taste like the Fredericks one.  I just dont know.

You really did search and I appreciate that youíre putting it out there to 
your readers!  Would you email me if it shows up or really any memory of it?? 
And how do I receive your postings?  How do I sign up or subscribe?

Thanks so much,


On Dec 28, 2020, at 7:26 AM, Phaedrus wrote:

Hi Linda,

There's no subscription or sign-up. I don't have anything like a newsletter. The way to stay up-to-date with the postings on my site is to come back regularly to the main page at

The only recipe that I have ever seen on the web for a Frederick & Nelson product is for the "Frango Mint Cake," and even this one may be a copycat rather than an authentic store recipe. See: 1-30-2015.

If someone does respond to the posting of your request with a recipe, I will send it to you as well as post it on my site with your request as long as I still have your email address on file.


Thank you so much, Phaed!  I will check you out from time to time!  
You provide a great service!  Yes, Iíve seen that recipe for Franco Mint Cake. 
Maybe one of these days Iíll make that Food & Wine recipe for the Mocha Rum Walnut layer cake! 

Thanks again,


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