Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Granny's funeral cake

About an hour ago, or so, I put up a message on twitter that granny's funeral cake is now available, in our store. I thought about it, and I should explain where the name came from.

To make our funeral cake we use a pound cake type cake, made with alot of butter and sour creme. We also make a cinnamon streussel. We grease a ring mold and sprinkle some cinnamon streussel in the bottom of the mold. We deposit some of the cake batter into the pan. We cover the batter with a generous amount of the same cinnamon streussel. We add another layer of cake batter, and top it with a little more streussel. Off to the oven they go. Once out of the oven, they are finished. Place them on a gold board, and a piece of Bennison's printed tissue in the middle. We rush them to the store so the buttery cinnamon aroma fills the store.

In June of 2006,we hired Carla Hess, a graduate from the French Pastry school, in Chicago. After a week or two, we asked her to put together, what was then called "granny's crumble ring". I went thru the necessary step by step instructions. Carla went on to make the ring cakes. Once out of the oven she explained that her mother made the very same cake. She went on to explain that her father called it funeral cake, because every time he came home from work, and saw that cake on the counter, he knew he was going to a funeral.


Blogger Laminatrix said...

Thanks for the shout-out! I'll tell my dad he's famous. The funeral cake muffins were a good thing, too. (And you hired me in January 2006--I started January 5, I think.)

July 2, 2009 at 1:01 PM  

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