Vintage Cupcakes

June 23, 2009

Each week, AAUW holds a meeting to discuss upcoming blog topics for AAUW Dialog. In preparation for AAUW’s upcoming national convention, someone suggested writing about AAUW history, so I decided to test out one piece of AAUW history in particular.

Jackie Littleton, a member of the AAUW Board of Directors, found a cookbook complied by the AAUW-Grand Island (NE) Branch in 1951 at a Texas estate sale. AAUW has managed to recreate and republish the cookbook, and it will be sold through ShopAAUW at convention and online. This has to have been the most fun I have ever had researching material for a blog.

dancingdatesEverything in the cookbook was so fun. But some things are quite odd, like the number of date pudding recipes (three!), the pictures of dancing dates, or “fat” listed as an ingredient. The recipes looked really good, so I decided to try the sour cream spice cake. Because I think everything tastes better in cupcake form, I decided to make cupcakes instead.

I went with a penuche frosting recipe suggested by Cupcake Project, originally from Southern Food on

spicecakeWhile I really like to cook, I am not that accomplished as a baker. But I was really pleased with the way that the cupcakes turned out. Taking on this vintage recipe was an adventure that I enjoyed.

The attendees of the blog meeting served as taste-testers for the cupcakes, which received good reviews. They were described as “sweet and salty” by one blog contributor.

If you get a chance to make anything from the cookbook, leave a comment and let everyone know how it turned out! And join us at the AAUW convention later this week as history is made.


Spice Cake Batter


Meeting Attendees enjoying cupcakes


Finished Cupcakes

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  1. Amanda Petersen says:

    As one of the blog meeting attendees, I can attest to the fact that these cupcakes were delicious!

    Just another thing that AAUW members continue to pass on to us from the past..

  2. As the person responsible for “replicating” this piece of AAUW history unearthed by Jackie Littleton, I couldn’t resist adding a comment of my own. Not only does the Cookbook house some yummy recipes (the cupcakes were beyond delicious!) but it’s a treasure trove of the history of women, AAUW and our nation. I love the First National Bank ad that touts their “Courteous and Trained Banking Personnel” and found it very helpful that they could assist me in procuring a Lifestock Loan! I also enjoyed learning that if I wanted a “Better Known Watch”, such as “Wyler”, I just had to dial 480 to reach someone at Conger’s Jewelry store. Dial 480!!! What, no prefix, no area code…just 480? Then there’s good old Walkin Pharmacy that sugegsted you come by “If by chance these recipes cause distress”…hmmm, wonder if the people at Walkins knew something about one fo the contributing cooks.

    If you’re attending convention in St. Louis, please stop by ShopAAUW and purchase this little slice of history..guaranteed good to the last bite and utterly fascinating reading!

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