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Letter: Black cake and chicken and nut salad

Michael Watson writes:
Linda, I haven't searched for the recipes, but if memory serves, Black Cake was a variation on what we call a Jam Cake or, where my dear wife grew up, in Bracken County, Blackberry Cake. And the chicken and nut salad, I would hazard, was a chicken salad with nuts such as pecans--or perhaps in our part of the world in 1910, hickory nuts. --Mike
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Family recipe for Black Cake

2020-11-30 - Adair County, KY - Photo from family collection.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, food items were shared from traditional dishes, including one early sweet dessert, Black Cake. It came up in JIM's history notes in 2017 and again this season in Mike Watson's history article. Columbia native Ann Curtis writes, "Here is my grandmother Maude Sutton Sandusky’s recipe for Black Cake. She was the mother of Effie Heskamp and my namesake (1883-1934), Ann Sutton Heskamp Curtis." Thanks, Ann! Now we hope a reader who makes this cake will send photos - it's hard to imagine a black cake!

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