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My Favorite Pan…At Least For Today!

My Favorite Pan…At Least For Today!

The editor of the GCICA quarterly newsletter – the “Griswold & Cast Iron Quarterly” – is planning to feature members and their favorite pans in future editions. We talked at the 2018 Convention in Baton Rouge, and I offered to submit a little blurb to […]

You Meet Some of the Nicest People…

You Meet Some of the Nicest People…

I met Gary Salsman early on in my cast iron selling business. Gary lives in Minnesota about an hour or so south of the Twin Cities. Gary purchased a Griswold Iron Mountain Chicken Pan from me to replace his chicken pan that had a wobble […]

How to Make a Cake to the “Brenda” Standard with a Griswold Cast Iron Cake Mold

How to Make a Cake to the “Brenda” Standard with a Griswold Cast Iron Cake Mold

In my blog post about Doyle Pregler and Brenda Bernstein’s vintage cast iron cookware collection, I shared some photos of Brenda’s beautiful cakes made with cast iron molds. Accomplice Linda has tried to make a Griswold lamb cake from her vintage cast iron mold, and has sought out Brenda on more than one occasion to solicit tips and advice. Linda has yet, however, to make a cake that even comes close to the “Brenda” standard. In fact, I have yet to see a cake made from a Griswold cake mold that even approaches the “Brenda” standard. I’ve seen photos on the web from other bakers and have even seen an awesome site on the web that has featured photos of Easter lamb cakes made in aluminum molds, but nothing I’ve seen to date compares to Brenda’s beautiful cakes.

So how, exactly, does Brenda make her Griswold cakes? I asked her, and she kindly compiled her instructions on how to make a successful cake using a Griswold cake mold.

Here are tips to make a cake from a cast iron mold to the “Brenda” standard, directly from Brenda. Of course the frosting is undoubtedly an entire lesson in itself! And practice – practice makes perfect.

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Doyle and Brenda’s Collection, Cooking, and Brenda’s Mad Cake-Making Skills

Doyle and Brenda’s Collection, Cooking, and Brenda’s Mad Cake-Making Skills

Fellow cast iron enthusiasts Brenda Bernstein and Doyle Pregler live in New London, Minnesota, a small community about two hours northwest of the Twin Cities. They have been together 28 years, have 6 grown children between them, and 12 grandchildren ages 3 to 19. If […]

The Lure of the Large Vintage Cast Iron Auction, and 10 Handy-Dandy Tips!

The Lure of the Large Vintage Cast Iron Auction, and 10 Handy-Dandy Tips!

It’s easy to become overwhelmed very quickly when you arrive at a large in-person cast iron auction. Yards and yards, tables and tables, of all of that gorgeous iron! And many people who are just as determined as you are to snag an excellent piece […]


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