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Dec 15, 2007 05:34 PM

McKenzie bakery wine cakes

Does anyone know where you can buy wine cakes like McKenzie's used to make in the New Orleans or St. Tammany area. They were the best wine cakes. Does anyone have a recipe that is close to the one they made.

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  1. Can you describe the "wine cake"? I don't remember these. I remember a "russian cake" that was soaked with something alcoholic (marsala? rum? some kinda liqueur?).

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      They were refrigerated and sold upside down and when you cut them the liquid would flow out and the inside of the cake was almost like some type of sponge cake.

      1. re: mipa661

        Was it Baba au Rum? I remember those from the original Gambinos.

      2. re: Hungry Celeste

        i would love to have the russia cake recipe if anyone has it

        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          Haydels Bakery on jefferson Hwy,They sell th whole cake for $58.00 dollars They call it Russian cake.:)

        2. I remember these wine cakes fondly. I miss them so much. I live in Arkansas and would buy a box full every time I went back home. If you ever find a recipe I would be deeply in you debt if you passed it on to me.

          1. I have been looking for these for years. I once heard that the wine is really some type of corn syrup and water mixture. If you ever get the recipe please pass it on!!

            C'est si bon!!

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            1. re: Miss New Awleans

              if anyone can get ahold of any McKenzie's recipes please post. Remember the little pound cakes with pecans and marschino cherries on top.

            2. In the past 6 months I have gotten one, a wine cake as you desribe exactly like that (Lawrence's on Elysian Fields used to have them also) From
              Dorignac's on Veterans. I'm sure you could call and order one.

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              1. re: Suzy Wong

                I remember the "wine cakes" from Lawrence's (Mr. Wedding Cake) on Elysian Fields. I understand they were a casualty of Katrina and have not reopened. Even though they were called wine cakes, I always thought they were made with rum.

              2. The McKenzie Wine cakes were made with marsala.
                Only like a rum cake in that it was soaked, but even more so.
                This is N.O. after all!!

                Great! I haven't thought of these in years & now I want one.
                SuzyWong, refresh my memory if you will, will that be a Tastee/McKenzie's opening on Harrison Ave?

                I did like the Russian Cake as well.