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United Cakes of America: Recipes Celebrating Every State Hardcover – April 1, 2010
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The Northeast includes the following recipes:
-Maine: Whoopie Pie with Seven-Minute Frosting
-New Hampshire: Pumpkin Pancakes
-Vermont: Maple Creme Brulee
-Massachusetts: Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Frosting
-Massachusetts: Boston Cream Pie
-Rhode Island: Johnnycakes
-Connecticut: Nutmeg Spice Cupcakes with Old-Fashioned Milk Buttercream
-New York: Red Velvet Cake
-New York: New York-Style Cheesecake
-Pennsylvania: Angel Food Cake
-Pennsylvania: Chocolate Chiffon Angel Food Cake
-Delaware: Coffee Cake
-Delaware: Dover Cake
-New Jersey: Old-Fashioned Ice Box Cake
-New Jersey: Easy Ice Box Cake
-New Jersey: Tomato Soup Cake
-Maryland: Smith Island Cake
-District of Columbia: Cherry Trifle
Specialties of the South include:
-Kentucky: Kentucky Derby Cake
-Kentucky: Kentucky Jam Cake
-Virginia: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
-West Virginia: Apple-Butter Cake
-Tennessee: Tennessee Mountain Stack Cake
-North Carolina: Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
-South Carolina: Lady Baltimore Cake
-South Carolina: Huguenot Torte
-Georgia: Coca-Cola Cake
-Florida: Key Lime Pie
-Florida: Lemon-Ginger Cake
-Alabama: Silver Cake
-Alabama: Lane Cake
-Mississippi: Mud Cake
-Louisiana: Sweet Potato Cake
-Louisiana: King Cake
-Arkansas: Black Walnut Torte
-Arkansas: Homemade Dirt Cake
-Oklahoma: Pecan-Peach Upside-Down Cake
-Texas: Texas Sheet Cake with Old-Fashioned Chocolate Buttercream
-Texas: Margarita Mousse Cake
-Puerto Rico: Rum Cake
Specialties of the Midwest include:
-Ohio: Cassata Cake
-Michigan: Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake with Whole-Egg Buttercream
-Michigan: Rice Krispie Treats
-Indiana: Hoosier Cream Pie
-Illinois: Devil's Food Cake with Cooked-Meringue Buttercream
-Wisconsin: Brown Sugar, Cranberry, and Pecan Cake
-Missouri: St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake
-Missouri: 7 Up Pound Cake
-Iowa: Roasted Pecan Cornbread
-Kansas: Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
-Minnesota: Bundt Cake
-South Dakota: Kuchen
-North Dakota: Oatmeal-and-Currant Cake
Recipes from the West include:
-Hawaii: Coconut Cupcakes with Old-Fashioned Tangy Buttercream
-Alaska: Baked Alaska
-Alaska: Amazing Vanilla Cake
-Washington: Apple Cake
-Washington: Coffee Buttercream Frosting
-California: Avocado Cupcakes
-California: Chiffon Cake
-Nevada: Basque Cake
-Oregon: Filbert Chocolate Cake
-Idaho: Huckleberry Cake
-Arizona: Jalapeno Cheddar Cheesecake
-Arizona: Ancho Chile Buttercream Frosting
-Utah: Utah Scones
-Colorado: Apple-Banana-Walnut Nugget Cake
-New Mexico: Bizcochito Cake
-Montana: Huckleberry Scones
-Wyoming: Honey and Raspberry Cheesecake
Recipes for the following "American Classics" are at the end of the regional chapters:
-Yellow Cake with Chocolate Icing
"A Slice of America" features are scattered throughout the book and include tips (with series of photos) for icing a cake, assembling a layer cake, livening up a bundt cake and adjusting for altitude when baking; a history of baking in America with examples of early recipes; and the history of Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker.
There are full-page color photos of 32 of the 73 dishes. This count doesn't include fillings or frostings, only desserts and other baked goods. There are additional photos with the Slice of America instructions and the other tips (including zesting fruit and how to make a parchment cone).
This book would be a fun way to teach children about states. There is a icon of each state with the state capital indicated and at least one fun fact along with the recipe(s). Additional facts are scattered throughout the book. For example, Ohio was the birthplace of eight Presidents (who are listed along with their favorite dessert).
Nutrition information is not included with the recipes.
The 4 regions are represented, northeast, south, Midwest and west. Many cakes are from years past; a Dover Cake from the 1700's that will show you what cakes were like then. Other cakes from the past are some such as; Icebox Cakes, Tomato soup Cake, the traditional Smith Island Cake - history is given. There are also related recipes such as Rice Krispies Treats, and variations on pancakes.
There are lots of colorful pictures, almost one for every recipe, so many that it's almost a coffee table book. The print is very large and lists are divided into sections such as dry, wet, creaming, for serving, etc.
The cover has a cut out of the United States, one problem with this is that it catches on things, my Lake Michigan is already fraying.
Most of the cakes are not ordinary everyday cakes, they are not that hard to make; but they are mostly rich more for adults than children.