Subject: Yeast tube pan spice cake
Date: 9/22/2018 7:19 AM
On 9/22/2018 7:19 PM, Michele wrote:
I lived in a small southeastern Alabama town in the early to mid 60ís. My mother and aunts made
a yeast based spice cake which was baked in a tube cake pan. It had no filling other than spices
and had no frosting but was absolutely delicious. I would request this cake for my birthday each
year. They are in their late 80ís with no memory of where they obtained the recipe. It was not
a family recipe, possibly from a magazine such as Red Book or possibly from a brand product used
in the recipe such as a Yeast brand. Cinnamon was the main spice, though nutmeg and pumpkin
spices were possibly included. It was a yeast cake, much like Mardi Gras cakes, definitely not
a coffee cake type cake. There was no braiding involved as it was baked in a tube pan.
The spices were mainly centered in the cake, I do not remember them being on the top of the cake
so they may have been spooned on top of a bottom layer of yeast cake and swirled into dough
before rising then a top yeast layer added. I never baked the cake so have no idea of the
ingredients or baking directions, just fond memories of a delicious spice yeast cake.
I was not able to find a recipe that I thought was correct. More identifiers would help. Did the
cake have any fruit such as apple or raisins? Did it have any flavorings such as lemon or chocolate?
Did it have any nuts? What kind? Did it have a unique name? These things would help identify the
correct recipe by allowing me to eliminate the incorrect ones.
I will post this for reader input.
Re: Yeast tube pan spice cake
Date: 9/23/2018 1:21 PM
Only Spices in the cake, no buts, fruits, flavors other than vanilla flavoring probably.
I suspect an aunt got the recipe from the back of a product used such as the yeast.
The preparation in a tube pan seems to be the mystery, probably just a simple yeast cake
dough divided in half with the spices sprinkled between the two layers.
It was a simple but delicious yeast cake without the fuss of preparing a Mardi Gras King Cake.
I've checked everywhere that I can think of, but I can't find a yeast spice cake cooked in a
tube pan with no fruit, nuts, or particular flavoring such as lemon, chocolate, or liquor added.
Although your cake was technically a "spice cake," perhaps that was not the recipe name.
I'll post this for reader input.
Dear Uncle Phaedrus,
In this post:
Michele wrote about a yeast spice cake. Her description reminded me of streusel cakes that were
popular years back so I looked under 'yeast streusel' cakes and found a bunch. This one is not it,
but, the batter is sweet and rich which would appeal to a child and if the sugar and cinnamon mix
was layered in the dough as she mentioned, it might be close. If nothing else, it might give her
a start. Hope I'm not wasting your time, just wanted to help.
It's so great of you to help people find lost food memories. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.