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Oct 18, 2004 07:17 PM

Dressel Cakes

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Are they still around? You could buy their chocolate whipped cream cake in the frozen department of the store. Or better yet go to their discount store thought they went out of business quite awhile ago--but hoping not.

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  1. I think you mean Dressler's. This calls up a vague image from my distant childhood - A whipped cream cake thawing on the counter. I haven't seen one for a long time. I

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    1. re: Cathleen

      The name was Dressel's. They were in business for 75 years making frozen fudge whipped cream cakes at 67th and ashland. They were bought by a french company, which later dumped them. The factory was auctioned off a couple of years ago.

      1. re: DaveC

        thank's Dave I've had such a taste for them lately--know of anything that comes close??

      2. re: Cathleen

        Actually, it was Dressel's. For 75 years they made frozen fudge whip cream cakes at 67th and ashland. The factory was auctioned off several years ago. The cakes were a big treat when I was a kid. I remember the red logo with the name written in a script font.

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          1. re: BRIAN

            Have you had any luck with Dressels? I have been searching for them for years, this is the first thing I have found that I think is accurate. My Dad was a native of Chicago, always wanted the Dressels whipped cream cake on his birthday. We were able to find them in the grocery store in Florida, but last one I bought was in the late 80's. What a shame they are no longer around.

            1. re: Kelly

              I, too, had my last piece of Dressel cake in the 1980s. They used to sell them at the Tops grocery store in East Aurora, NY. My friend's mom always bought them. So glad to find this discussion and sad (but not surprised - I've been looking for them for years), too.

              1. re: smooter

                Your prayers have been answered. You may need to call ahead.
                Baumann's Bakery
                12250 S. Harlem
                Palos Heights



                1. re: uncartie

                  To turn a phrase, "Be careful what you pray for..." You may want to check this post about Baumann's regarding a cake for an 80th birthday party:

            2. re: BRIAN

              Subsidiary of Jacquet S.A. second largest bakery in Europe. Dressel's has been sold since and has disappeared from the grocery shelves.

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            1. I've been googling "Dressel's" for the longest time, and have seen the earlier posts, and have been looking for a recipe that I can recreate the Dressel's Chocolate Whipcream Cake. I grew up with it, and recently my daughters and I have been watching some home videos from the late 80's to early (1992ish) 90's and for all the birthday's we still have the Dressel's cake on the table. I'm dying, those videos made me nuts. There's got to be someone out the that has experimented. Please share!!!

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              1. re: karenlg91783

                I love seeing all of these recent posts for Dressel's cakes!! The bakery was started by my family well before I was born, but went out of business when I was a kid. My dad, mom, grandpa, uncles, great uncles..etc... all worked there and I was very proud of it growing up. Every now and then when I meet a fellow Chicagoan I get asked if I'm any relation to the bakery and my family would love to know that the bakery is still remembered! (sorry i don't have any recipes - wish i did!!)

                1. re: MDressel

                  My father, George, worked for Dressel's back in the 1960's. He would arrive at the bakery very early every Saturday morning, load up the back up his station wagon with the cakes that had been ordered, and deliver the cakes for Dressel's to the homes of the people who had ordered them. Usually, the wonderful owners of Dressel's would give Dad a cake or cupcakes to take home to us (especially if it was a holiday). We were always thrilled. Today, people are amazed that a bakery would deliver a cake to your home! Dad worked this part-time delivery job for Dressel's for many years. The Dressel's owners were so good to our Dad and so nice to us if we came along with him (big treat for us kids!). My mother still talks about the Dressel's family and how nice and kind that they were. Their bakery was so delicious. Nothing like it today. MDressel, you have a very proud heritage that was much a part of many people's lives!

                  1. re: MDressel

                    Hello mressel - I just posted a frosting recipe. I called it 'cooked frosting' my mom said it was Dressel's. Your family's cakes were the best!

                    1. re: MDressel

                      Hello MDressel,

                      I would love to get in touch. My name is Karen Dressel and Bill Dressel was my Dad.

                      1. re: kcn1972

                        Hi! I love how this post has brought so many Dressel's together. Jack Dressel was my grandfather.

                        1. re: MDressel

                          I love it too :)

                          So your Grandfather was my we are second cousins!

                            1. re: MDressel

                              Indeed! Your Dad and my other cousins were teenagers when I was born, and before the days of Facebook it was hard to stay in touch :)

                  2. Try Wolf's Bakery around 9500 S. Kedzie! Enjoy!

                    1. Gosh how I remember Dressel's fudge cakes. Every time we returned to Chicago (after moving to Florida in 1956) a Dressel's cake was always part of the reunion. Sorry to hear that this Chicago icon was tanked by some loser French concern. If anyone has the recipe, I would love to have it. No place better to eat than The Windy City.