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Apr 9, 2014 01:57 PM

Philly style German butter cake?

Hey folks.

I'm conducting some research on Philly style German butter cake for the college food writing course I'm enrolled in. I'm attempting to analyze, from within the context of a narrative, zine-style piece, how--or if--Philly butter cake lives on in the Greater Philadelphia area.

I've already done some on-the-ground reporting, but was wondering if folks would be able to reach out and tell me about their own histories with it: If they know about it, if they like or don't like it, and how it is that they were first introduced to it--as a kid, by a friend, etc.

Thanks in advance everyone.

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    1. German style butter cake most definitely lives on in our area. I was first introduced to it after I was married and when we lived in Warminster. I used to buy it at Hahn's Pastry Shop in the '80's and up until they closed a number of years ago. Most recently, I have purchased it at Distelfink's Bakery in Lansdale and Lisa's Kitchen in Coopersburg. Both places make traditional, gooey and delicious butter cakes.

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      1. re: curly girl

        This is great, thanks for your reply. I've been able to sample the cakes produced in and around northeast Philly at Mayfair Bakery, Heagele's and Holmesburg Bakery. I might pay a visit to the Flying Monkey in order to see if theirs abides by what seems to be a unique and traditional sort of flavor profile

      2. I am not a native but Butter Cake, specifically "Stocks Butter Cake" was one of the first Philly foods I was introduced to on moving here - during a party at a community based organization I worked for and still work with - in my neighborhood - Stocks butter cake is an essential part of the holiday table and the neighborhood's diaspora come in in droves from the burbs to purchase them on the holidays - to the un acclimated they are like much PA German rooted foods very dense and very sweet - but the locals are fiercely loyal and I have been won over - I like to bring them as gifts to NYers just to challenge the idea of just how much fat and sugar you can get into a piece of cake.

        1. Bauer's Bakery in NE Philly had legendary German butter cake.
          That, and their babka- legendary!

          1. Booth's Corner in Bethel sells it too. It's in the Amish bakery section, so I'm sure it's authentic (Pennsylvania Dutch and all) and it's DELICIOUS.