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Coffee Cake Traditions – History of Coffee Cake
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Read the fascinating stories behind your favorite coffee cakes. Part of the fun of exploring the tradition of coffee and tea time is learning the interesting stories behind many of the best known coffee cakes. Did you know that Columbus brought rum to the Caribbean thus setting a foundation for the famous Caribbean rum desserts? Did you know that the late baseball great Ted Williams has a coffee cake named after him? Read these and other fascinating Coffee Cake Traditions. Currently featuring:

History of Stollen
History of Tortuga Rum Cake
Fruitcake jokes
Ted Williams All-Star Chocolate Coffee Cake

History of Stollen

Stollen, the traditional German Christmas cake, is a colorful collection of nuts, raisins, currants, candied orange and lemon peel, traditional spices of Christmas such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, mace or cloves, brandy or rum, lots of butter and sometimes sweet almond paste (marzipan). It is thought to have originated in Dresden in the 1400s. However, at that time the Catholic Church, as part of the fasting rules in preparation for Christmas, forbade the use of butter during Advent. Thus, the stollen of the middle ages was a somewhat tasteless pastry. In 1650 Prince Ernst von Sachsen at the request of bakers in Dresden, successfully petitioned Pope Urban VIII to lift the restrictions on the use of butter during Advent. The restrictions were lifted only in Dresden and thus began a baking tradition that continues to this day. German housewives baked stollen for their families at home and friends and relatives in other parts of the country and professional bakers shipped stollen all over Europe. Part of the success of this Christmas cake was its ability to withstand long journeys and months of storage and still remain tasty.
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History of Tortuga Rum Cake

Tortuga Rum Cake is a fine example of a Caribbean culinary tradition dating back to the discovery of the New World. On his second voyage in 1493 Columbus brought sugar cane to Hispanola and Cuba with the intent of planting a fortune's worth of the sugar for Europe's insatiable sweet tooth. Sugar cane thrived in the Caribbean and over time did produce a fortune for sugar cane growers - a fortune based on rum, however, a by-product of sugar refining. Caribbean cooks quickly learned that the judicious use of rum, from a splash to a generous jigger, makes a subtle and delicious difference in both savories and sweets. The Caribbean Rum Cake is a result of this practice - cooks added rum to the rich cake batter of their British culinary traditions. Their rum cake recipes were closely guarded family secrets passed from generation to generation and baked for only special occasions for family and special friends. Order Tortuga Rum Cake and the Tortuga Rum Cake Sampler

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Fruitcake jokes

As popular as fruit cake – and frequently not as good – fruit cake jokes are nearly as much of the fruit cake tradition as the cake itself. Most fruitcake jokes originated with seemingly indestructible fruit cakes sent as holiday gifts. Good fruit cake, it must be said, is a delicious cake requiring top quality and frequently expensive ingredients, demanding baking techniques and long, lingering mellowing to bring out the flavors of the liquors and fruits. The alcohol laced Favorite Fruit Cake Recipe, where the cook ends up drinking the alcohol is a perennial favorite. Read this recipe and other Fruitcake Jokes. Read about our traditional Fruit Cake that is definantly NOT a joke. Read this recipe and other Fruitcake Jokes. Read about our traditional Fruit Cake that is definitely NOT a joke.
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Ted Williams All-Star Chocolate Coffee Cake

Boston bakery, My Grandma’s of New England, bakes a chocolate coffee cake that was taste tested by baseball great Ted Williams who approved both the cake and the name. The Ted Williams All Star Chocolate Coffee Cake and other My Grandma’s of New England coffee cakes available at My Grandmothers Coffee Cake.
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