Vintage Recipes: 1938 Apple ginger patty cakes

This week I’ve decided to continue highlighting my love of vintage cooking. Last week, I highlighted 18th century cooking. This week, I’m widening the scope, and focusing on the 19th and 20th century. Since it’s apple season, I’m going to focus on apple recipes.


This recipe video is from the “Vintage Kitchen” YouTube Channel, found HERE. These tasty little morsels are basically cupcakes, which are filled with apple and ginger. The Vintage Kitchen  indicates the recipe was initially published as “Quick Fancy Patty Cakes” in the Brisbane Worker, January 17, 1939, and was voted “best recipe of the week on December 27, 1938”.

For the batter

  • 4 teaspoons (1 Australian tablespoon) of butter or dairy free margarine
  • 3 Australian (20ml) or 4 US (15ml) tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 eggs or equivalent in egg replacer
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup self raising flour or 1 cup plain or all purpose flour with 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder added
  • food coloring

For the filling 

  • 1 apple
  • ginger and sugar to taste. Powdered ginger was used in the original recipe but why not try glace ginger, chopped finely?  (FYI- Glace ginger is known as “crystalized ginger” in the USA)

HERE’S TODAY’S VIDEO – Apple and Ginger Patty Cakes

Until next time… Namaste my friends

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Author: Tamara Hoerner

Welcome to The Purple Almond Wellness I’m Tamara Hoerner, MHNE, wellness educator and founder of Purple Almond Wellness. I work with middle-age individuals to help support brain health and develop whole body wellness, in order to improve the quality of their mid-life years. Heart and Alzheimer’s diseases run in my family and I struggled with weight loss, so I strive to help others with similar conditions. Using only nutrition, I rid my body of seasonal allergies, Psoriatic Arthritis and migraines, as well as cured my insomnia. I know what it takes to use food as medicine, especially in middle age. As a wellness educator and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Hawthorn University, I develop personalized nutrition plans and wellness education sessions, to help clients. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

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