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looking for an older recipe: birdsnest cake (an upside-down type)
February 27, 2013
1:38 pm
LynneW
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Hello friends,

 

My co-worker is trying to find a recipe her 80something mother remembers from childhood. It was called Bird Nest Cake or Birds Nest Cake, has no coconut or chocolate in it, and was an upside-down style cake. They used to enjoy it for Sunday dinner on the farm.

 

Does anyone have any idea what this might be? We've done some cookbook and internet searching but no luck so far.

 

Her mother's health is failing and she has expressed a longing for this cake; I'm hoping some of you might have heard of this before and can help us find a recipe.

 

Thank you!

February 27, 2013
3:45 pm
Kathi N.
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This one isn't upside-down-y, but maybe it comes close?

3 c Flour

1 ts Soda
2 c Sugar
1 ts Cinamon
1/2 ts Salt
1 1/4 c Cooking oil
1 ts Vanilla extract
1 c Crushed pineapple
3 Eggs; slightly beaten
1/4 c Applesauce
2 c Bananas; thinly sliced
1 c Nuts; chopped (opt)

Mix flour, soda, sugar, cinnamon and salt into large mixing bowl. Make a
well in center. Pour remaining ingredients into well. Mix with a spoon
until well combined. Pour into greased and floured bundt pan. Bake in
preheated 350~ oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cake tests done.
Sprinkle with confectioners sugar while still warm if desired.

February 27, 2013
4:55 pm
LynneW
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Thanks Kathi, but no. What you gave is more like the Hummingbird Cake that was popular around the same time period (Depression years). The one we're looking for was not made in a bundt pan.

February 27, 2013
5:07 pm
Kathi N.
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I hope someone can find one for you. Best wishes. . .

February 27, 2013
7:15 pm
Squeegees Mom
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Do you happen to know what part of the country your co worker's mother lived in when she had this cake? I have boxes of old recipes but many are specific to an area of the USA. I would be happy to look, but to know what area would help me narrow my search. Thanks.

February 27, 2013
7:18 pm
CindyP
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Well, it can be found on page 36 of this book:  http://library.ndsu.edu/grhc/recipes/index.cgi?cbkey=39    And for $20 you can own that book!  

I looked through all of the old cookbooks I have, and all the church lady cookbooks I have and nothing is fitting the bill!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold
February 27, 2013
7:34 pm
CindyP
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That cookbook is also available at the NDSU library in Fargo, ND!  Not sure where you're located?

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold
February 28, 2013
3:03 pm
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Thanks so much, CindyP! We are in NE Ohio, but I've called the NDSU library and they may be able to scan and email just that page. I've also passed on the ordering information in case the family is interested in owning a copy. It looks pretty yummy – I may have to get a copy for myself!

February 28, 2013
3:06 pm
LynneW
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Squeegees Mom said
Do you happen to know what part of the country your co worker's mother lived in when she had this cake? I have boxes of old recipes but many are specific to an area of the USA. I would be happy to look, but to know what area would help me narrow my search. Thanks.

 

Thanks for that very generous offer, Squeegees Mom. We may have it thanks to CindyP (below) but if not I will PM you. We're in NE Ohio, and it's interesting that the recipe was in a German/Russian group's cookbook because my friend's Mom was from strictly English/Irish heritage! Of course, people shared recipes then as now, so that may be how it came to be such a part of their family traditions.

February 28, 2013
3:39 pm
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We got it! Many many thanks to you all for your efforts. The Senior Reference Librarian at the North Dakota State University in Fargo tracked down the book and sent me the recipe. My co-worker was thrilled; she is going to go home and make this for her Mom tonight, and it's all due to your generosity of spirit, pointing me in the right direction.

February 28, 2013
3:57 pm
CindyP
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Well I think we need to see that recipe!  I'm very curious to see what it is exactly.  LOL!

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March 4, 2013
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Here you go:

Centennial Cookbook: St. Clement’s Church, Haymarsh, N. D., 1887-1987

Published through G & R Publishing Company, Waverly Iowa

First printing May 1987; 6th printing May 2006

NDSU-Germans from Russia Heritage Collection TX715.C463 2006, p. 36

“Bird’s Nest” Upside-Down Cake-Alma (Hauser) Conlon

1 C. sugar

1 T. butter

1 egg plus milk to make 1 C.

1 ½ C. flour

2 tsp. baking powder

Dash of salt

2 T. butter, softened

½ C. brown sugar

Canned fruit, drained

Cream sugar with the 1T. butter. Add egg and milk. Mix dry ingredients. Add and beat until well blended, about 2 minutes. In the bottom of an 8x8” pan, place the softened butter and brown sugar. Put fruit in pan and cover with batter. Bake at 375° for 35 to 40 minutes and turn out upside down.

 

My co-worker made it for her Mom, who said if it isn't the exact recipe it's darn close! They were both thrilled and wanted me to thank everyone here for the help in tracking it down.

March 5, 2013
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Thanks, Lynne!  I'm going to give it a try next time I need a cake :)

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