My love of literature is again rewarded with this week's Throwback Thursday recipe, the Lady Baltimore Cake. Novelist Owen Wister created a character, Lady Baltimore, who created a cake, also dubbed Lady Baltimore, that left cake fans drooling on the pages of their books. He wrote:

"I should like a slice, if you please, of Lady Baltimore," I said with extreme formality. I returned to the table and she brought me the cake, and I had my first felicitous meeting with Lady Baltimore. Oh, my goodness! Did you ever taste it? It's all soft, and it's in layers, and it has nuts - but I can't write any more about it; my mouth waters too much. Delighted surprise caused me once more to speak aloud, and with my mouth full, "But, dear me, this is delicious!"

Pretty steamy stuff, am I right? For the early 1900s, it was.

Newspapers starting publishing recipes for it starting just after its push to popularity in 1906, proving that news chasing news is hardly a novel concept.


Chopped fruit and nuts in the filling are a hallmark of a classic Lady Baltimore Cake recipe. Do you know of any other recipes inspired by great works of literature?

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By Ashley Kappel and Ashley Kappel