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Apr 13, 2012 07:54 PM

Dessert Recipes from the 1920s

I was invited to a 1920s themed dinner party. Everyone is dressing up and listening to jazz and watching silent films and, of course, eating food that was popular in the 1920s. Being Polite,I asked the hostess if I could bring anything and she asked me to bring a dessert. Great, I thought. I have absolutely no idea what desserts were popular in the 1920s and I have very little baking experience! The drive is kind of far so anything cold would not really stay. I was thinking that maybe some kind of cake or cookie would be good. Does anyone have recipes, ideas or information about food from the 1920s that is easy to make and travels well? (or any ideas at all, for that matter?) Thanks!

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  1. A search turned up Lady Baltimore Cake, highly popular in the 20' s. Here's a link

    1. this link shows two desserts from the Titanic. If the Titanic was serving them in 1912 by 1920 they would still be popular. lists almost 7,000 1920's desserts.,1-0...

      this was the era of refrigeration, one of the first items that was repossessed when the depression hit at the end of the decade were home refrigerators.

      here is another link with some interesting answers

      3 Replies
      1. re: KaimukiMan

        Jello! Show your friends that you have one of those new-fangled refrigerators.

        Of course, you will serve it in your best parfait glasses.

        1. re: tardigrade

          yum, a parfait of strawberry jello, sliced strawberries, whipped cream with a big juicy whole strawberry on top, served with ice tea spoons, very 20s.

          1. re: KaimukiMan

            It appears they were mad about charlottes. So it wasn't all cocaine and champagne after all apparently!

      2. Recently in a book on the history of convenience food I read this interesting insight, that electric refrigerators were a luxury in the 1920's when most people still had iceboxes that used a block of ice. You couldn't make Jello unless you had "an electric box" so serving gelatin salads and desserts was a high-prestige, show-offy thing to do. So make something fancy with Jello.

        1. I saw a Gin and Tonic gelatin in "How to be a Domestic Goddess"

          Here's the recipe: