Mary Pickford at a writing desk. Library of Congress 2008678779.

Write What You Know

To write originally and to write well, I have to save experiences. This year, I’ve withdrawn more experiences from the brain bank than I’ve deposited.

Very little has changed. The failed baking attempts of children remain adorable. DPLA: http://ark.digitalcommonwealth.org/ark:/50959/w9505g365.

Great British Bake Off – Victorian Style!

But all this talk of traditional British baking has got me to thinking—what were the traditional British cakes in the mid-1800s? How much overlap is there, between the cakes we think of as traditionally British, and the cakes that would be seen in a middle-class nineteenth-century spread? What other baked goods were popular at this time?