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The United Cakes of America

I'm reviewing this beautiful new baking cookbook called The United Cakes of America for a website and it features two or three cakes for each state.

I've found all of the regional cakes very interesting and I was especially interested to test recipes for my own state (California Avocado Cupcakes).

Some of the cakes were pretty obvious, like New York's cheesecake and Boston's cream pie, but it was cool to read about North Carolina's Hummingbird cake and other sweet treats I didn't know about.

It got me wondering: Are regional cakes really that well known? For example, do you know the sweets that originated in your area? Are they really cooked often for parties or family get-togethers?

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