'United Cakes of America' on Serious Eats

Weekend Giveaway: 'United Cakes of America'

United Cakes of America by Warren Brown reads like a cross country road trip with mandatory stops at all of the bakeries along the way. It's a state by state tour of regional cakes, ranging from the familiar—New York Cheesecake and Florida Key Lime Pie, to the lesser known—North Dakota's Oatmeal and Currant Cake, and even a little bit outlandish—Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake, anyone? Brown breaks up the recipes into regions and explains the origin of each cake's story and how it relates specifically to the place where it came from. While many of the cakes have natural ties to the state's agricultural production (Avocado Cupcakes from California), other have beginnings that are a bit more mysterious. The Lady Baltimore Cake,... More

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