A Coconut Cake From Emily Dickinson: Reclusive Poet, Passionate Baker. [NPR.org]
Poet Emily Dickinson withdrew from society for most of her adult life. And yet, she was known to lower a basket full of cakes from the window of the home she rarely left to crowds of expectant children on the street below. The Poet's House in New York City
put on exhibit an original manuscript of a Dickinson cake recipe that contained coconut. That recipe calls for the following ingredients.
1 cup coconut,
2 cups flour,
1 cup sugar,
1/2 cup butter,
1/2 cup milk,
1/2 teaspoon soda,
1 teaspoon cream of tartar.
Renound "Histo-Tainer" Charles Phoenix
, who gives slide shows of found 35mm slides, bakes a Cherpumple
. (think turducken, but with cake.)
You're planning on baking a cake, but you're bored of your plain old square pan, round pan, or bundt pan? If you live in the US Midwest, it's very possible that your nearby library allows you to check out cake pans
. [more inside]
Engadget turns 2.
There are lots of famous birthdays
in March, but I'm willing to bet none of them had cakes quite as elaborate as the ones Engadet fans made.