There are layers and layers of goodness in this Bake-Off winning cake from the 5th Grand National Contest held in 1953 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The $25,000 winner, Mrs. Bernard (Lois) Kanago, of Webster, South Dakota looked like she was about to faint when her name was called as the grand prize winner!
Also notice the layer of nuts, which were placed in the pan bottom before baking. When the layers were baked and turned out, the nut layer was perfect and beautiful. One reason why I think the nuts were perfect is because I still use my mother’s old hand-cranked nut grinder. Of course, the nuts could be chopped with a knife, but there is something about these old grinders that makes them perfectly uniform and just the right size for something like this cake top. I use mine all the time.
-$1,000 Junior winner Chocolate Twin Dots by Linda C. Martan of Niagara Falls, New York
Bake-Off food photos are taken by my daughter, Kristina Vanni. Check out Kristina’s blog at: