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blizzardfox Aug 31, 2013 03:20 PM

I have searched non-stop and now I find myself here, seeking help.

My grandmother's birthday is coming up and from time to time she reminisces over a cake she once made from a recipe. With some sleuthing, I found it was the Alice Waters cake recipe from the June 1982 Bon Appetit article titled "Create a Masterpiece: Step by Step to a Spectacular Celebration Cake". The problem I have found is that I can't find the actual recipe anywhere!

Does anyone happen to have a copy of this recipe laying around their archives that would take pity on a 20-something man trying to make his grandmother's birthday special?

Thank you so much!

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    MrsJonesey Aug 31, 2013 05:06 PM

    I can't help you with the recipe but it seems Alice Waters is on Facebook. I bet if you state your case on her page, she just might come through for you! As a mother of a 20-something young man myself, may I say that your own mother and grandmother must be so proud? Good luck!

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      magiesmom Aug 31, 2013 05:44 PM

      I don't have it but you are a sweetheart and I hope you find it.

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        VongolaDecimo Aug 31, 2013 06:22 PM

        If you cant find the recipe, the actual issue is available here:

        Its just $3.44 plus shipping.

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          LisaN Aug 31, 2013 10:42 PM

          That title is referenced in this,post, maybe contact the person who referenced it and see if they have it, or contact Bon apetit by phone or through their website http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/447447

          Also contact your library and see if they have back issues

          Maybe this thread on another board to help http://www.seriouseats.com/talk/2011/...

          1. wekick Sep 1, 2013 04:56 PM

            Found this
            Do you know if it might be it?

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            1. re: wekick
              blizzardfox Sep 1, 2013 06:18 PM

              Sadly no. I asked my grandmother (running the ingredients and instructions past her) and she said the cake didn't have any cream cheese in it. I really appreciate your help (and everyone else's too)!

            2. BeefeaterRocks Sep 2, 2013 09:44 AM

              Her name is Alice Medrich, perhaps you can contact her at http://alicemedrich.com/?page_id=11 for help. I have the 1982 edition of Bon Appetit, however the article & recipe are many pages long so I don't know how I could help you.

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              1. re: BeefeaterRocks
                LisaN Sep 2, 2013 10:12 AM

                Do you have access to a scanner? You could scan the pages and email them?

              2. Candy Sep 2, 2013 10:56 AM

                Alice Medrich is on Face Book. Send her a message and she might be able to help you. Alice Waters is not who made the cake.

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                  ninrn Sep 2, 2013 12:21 PM

                  Is it this? http://books.google.com/books?id=lxrZcjX4DNwC&pg=PA211&lpg=PA211&dq=Alice+Medrich+celebration+cake&source=bl&ots=88uRAsXEqi&sig=LNSGX7ZJDsa-8J6HAPT6bMCNftI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xOQkUpy8L-mdyQGV14GQDA&ved=0CEkQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=Alice%20Medrich%20celebration%20cake&f=false

                  And there's this video on PBS for a raspberry version: http://video.pbs.org/video/1174161648/

                  Last thought, Alice Medrich has a beautiful website through which you may be able to ask her: http://alicemedrich.com

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