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Dec 14, 2007 07:49 PM

Bakery Crumbs?

This is a stretch but I'll try.

My mom passed away last year. I've been brainstorming ideas to share with my sister, especially food memories.

One of my mom's favorite childhood treats were her visits to a bakery that sold bakery crumbs in bags. She lived in Texas but never mentioned the name of the bakery. These were not croutons or bread crumbs sold with the intent to give to birds. She described it as a bag of different cake crumbs in all different colors and textures from marble cake crumbs to strawberry angel food cake to butter cake crumbs.

Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? It sounds like something out of the depression era though my mom grew up in the late 40's/early 50's.

Are there any bakeries that sell such bags? I mean, I am sure I could go talk to someone at my local bakery and ask them to sell me a bag of cake crumbs and get a weird look and a bag to shut me up. But are there any known bakeries that sell mixed bakery crumb bags as a matter of practice?

I know the Maurice Lenell Cookie company sells imperfect and broken cookies in $2 bags. That's the closest I've come in my research though it's not what my mother described and she lived nowhere near Illinois. Any help APPRECIATED.


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  1. The cake crumbs are probably parts of cakes that are cut off (topped) before decorating them. We processed and used them as fillings, binders for cakes and crusts, but I have never heard of them being sold.

    1. Bakeries in New Orleans sold them years ago. People used them to make Creole Trifle also known as Russian Cake, which bakeries made as well. A good frugal use of leftover bits of everything from pie crust, broken cookies, slightly stale cinnamon rolls, slices of frosted birthday cakes, to what have you. The pieces were mixed together, packed into a loaf pan or mold. Sweet juice (pineapple juice or syrup from fruit cocktail) was poured over the cake and, then after a few minutes, a little red wine. The wine soaked in unevenly enhancing the mosaic pattern of the cake pieces, making it look exotic, hence the name "Russian." The cake went into the fridge for a few hours to mellow before slicing.
      Adults liked this a lot more than kids did. We just liked to pick at the bits and pieces of leftover cake. I haven't seen this for sale in decades. People probably aren't so thrifty these days.

      1. read this article...

        you might want to contact the rose country inn to see if they have a source for cake crumbs, or if they'll sell you theirs!