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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Vermont Maple Cake

John LOVES the world series.Even though his Dodgers are out. It's kind of sad. I really do feel sorry for him.But what can you do? His family all loves the world series too. And Thurday night we were invited out to his mom and dad's house for pizza and the game. (They don't like to cook..it was take-out.) That's fine by me.Everyone has there own thing- makes- the- world go 'round and all that. So I said I would bring a dessert. I wanted something old fashion and homey. Nothing fancy. So I scoured my cookbooks looking for just the right thing. I've already made them a couple of apple pies so I was kinda burnt out in that department.I'm sure they are too. But I wanted something that gave me the feeling that I was going to see the game at someone's house up in Vermont. With a stiff cold wind blowing, pumpkins glowing from the porch, woodsmoke wafting in the air, leaves tumbling down the road....you get the idea.

Vermont Maple Cake. That was it. From my beloved John Hadamuscin's Special Occasion Cookbook. There were about 4 different books that he wrote. All out of print. I love them so much. One of these days I will do a post and highlight the books for you.In the book it is actually called Buckeye Maple Cake.But I'm not getting a "happy" off of that. So I switched it from Buckeye to Vermont. There you go. That's better. At least it is for me. It's a big cake and it is square. The book said the reason it is square is for "easy transportation to a picnic". That got my attention. Then I got to thinking about it and wondered what's the difference between transporting a round cake or a square cake? Don't ask, I guess.

So I made the cake, loaded it up and took it out to the house. There was no woodsmoke, no pumpkins on porches, no dancing leaves,it wasn't even cold. But we had a good time anyway. It's California....what did I expect?


  1. LOVE that Vermont Maple Cake. Where is MY piece?? Did you leave it all for Walt??

    I'm going to try that one and will stick to the Vermont title. Oh Vermont. One of my favorite places in the world. If it had a coast like ours in Maine I think I would live there.

    Think of big glowing pumpkins against a white clapboard cottage. Corn stalks tied to the porch railing, candles in the windows, and smoke curling out of the chimney.


  2. Oh, you really got me good with that last paragraph.... you know me all too well.....

    And Yeah, we left the rest for Walt. He loved it.

    But I can make another one...HHmmmmmm

  3. Dot's Diner all wrapped up in one square cake.
    Series just started..........
    go go go

    donkey in a pumpkin patch

  4. Rain Delay...and we stayed home for Halloween to watch the game.... huh?

    O well, the roast smells good...

    and that cake was Dot's Diner all the way...

    remember how much we LOVED it there...in Wilmington, Vermont...?

    I wish I was having supper there tonight for Halloween...can you imagine?

  5. Gosh that looks and sounds lovely :) I will try and find a recipe as we are getting chilly and we have woodsmoke in the air so it would be perfect for us xo

  6. oh, may i have a piece of it?
    have a sweet day!

  7. This cake looks delicious, and since I have a few of Johns cookbooks, I will look for the recipe. I met him once when he was having a book signing is our little town in New Jersey...it was several years ago. Loved his passion for food and entertaining. I came here via Julie Powell's blog, and liked your comment to her very much. You might like what I wrote about blogging and friendship the other day.

  8. Originally from Ohio, I began buying John Hadamuscin's books when I lived in NYC. Now that I'm in SF, I have a special affinity to anything Ohio and Buckeye-related so I found your site via the title Buckeye Maple Cake. Beautiful photos, so I'll forgive you for changing the name! :)


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