Thanks For All The Easter Lamb Cakes And My Radio Interview Is Online!

Posted on Apr 9 2012 - 11:45am by RetroRuth

Whew!! The Eight Days of Lamb Cakes has come to a close and was it ever fun! Thank you so much to everyone who contributed, commented and generally followed along as I worked my way from last year’s lamb cake disaster to finding my Grandmother’s lamb cake (the Renalde Lamb Cake). Thanks in particular to:

Martha K., Alania and the Wall Street Journal, The Midland Daily News and Lori Qualls, Anita and Howard from Q90.1 Delta College Public Radio, Amanda and Joy from Wisconsin Public Radio, The Budd Family, Tom S., Marilyn Z, The Pope Family, The Gaisser Family, Trish S., Joan C., J. Albin, Eartha Kitsch and anyone who sent me a recipe or a tip, and anyone I met or spoke with on my lamb cake adventure!


I am excited to tell you that my radio interview on the Joy Cardin show on Wisconsin Public Radio is now online. It was a tremendous privilege to be able to talk with Joy and all her wonderful listeners about vintage cooking and recipes. You can listen to it here on Joy’s audio archives.  I am on Thursday, 4/5/2012 at 8:00 am, show 120405C about vintage Easter recipes. Just in case you don’t recognize me, I am the one who said “Um” too many times!

I was also featured in the Midland Daily News on Easter Sunday, with some cute pictures of me decorating a lamb cake. If you haven’t seen the article yet, please go and check it out!

Also, thanks to everyone who sent me a lamb cake picture!  I loved to see all of your little lambs so much I decided to put them up in a little gallery.  If you want to send me a picture of your lamb cake, please do! Email it to me at and I will add it to the gallery.

Thanks again, everyone, and let me know how your Easter lambs turned out in the comments!

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  1. Eartha Kitsch April 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    🙂 I have SO enjoyed this series and think that I’m going to attempt my lamb cake outside of Easter as I don’t think I can wait a year to try it. Those photos of you making the cake are beautiful and am I sap that the one of you putting on his little pink nose made my eyes well up with tears? Yeah, probably. Love seeing all the submitted photos too. You’ve rocked the lamb cake experience.

    • RetroRuth April 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Eartha!!! I am so happy that you have enjoyed the series as much as I did! 🙂 It was wonderful how you and all the other awesome people who read my blog were so supportive through this!

  2. Martha K. April 10, 2012 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Dear Ruth, I just read the article in the Midland Daily News and I Loved it and especially the pictures.

    A note to Eartha: This Sunday is Greek Easter so you have a good excuse
    to make that lambie this week!

    I’m really going to miss those daily lambies, but now I’m addicted to The Mid-Century Menu and your sister sites. (Maybe for Christmas you could do Eight Days of Fruitcakes….?…..Or better yet Eight Days of Lambie Fruitcakes….Just a thought…)

    By the way that lone lambie head on the blue plate in your gallery is the cutest thing!

    Thank you for making this the YEAR OF THE ULTIMATE LAMBIE!

    Sincerely, Martha K.

    • RetroRuth April 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      Martha! I am so glad you liked the article. I am really thrilled with the way it turned out.

      It totally was the Year of the Ultimate Lambie, wasn’t it?!!? Thanks for being with me through the whole thing!! 🙂

  3. Sara In AZ April 10, 2012 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Great job Ruth!!! It was so fun hearing you on the radio, you sounded like a complete pro! I loved seeing all your different lamb cake trials, and I am now enticed to get my own lamb cake pan and try it out for myself!!!

    • RetroRuth April 12, 2012 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Sara! Once I started talking during the interview, I wasn’t nervous at all, and it ended up being really fun!

      Oh man, I still think you should get a bunny pan. 🙂

  4. Toni April 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    I’m so glad you found your grandma’s recipe. When I was a small child, my grandpa had a fruit tree that everyone said was a kumquat tree. Years later, I saw kumquats and they weren’t the same fruit. Then 30 years or more since I last had the fruit, we moved to a house with a familiar looking tree. When it fruited, I picked them and thought they looked vaguely familiar. When I bit into it, my memory exploded. It was the fruit from my childhood. Turns out, it was a LOQUAT tree and my parents didn’t know the difference since the names were similar.

    There’s something amazing about tasting a memory.

    • RetroRuth April 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Toni! And thanks for that amazing story about your grandpa’s fruit tree. You must have been so thrilled. And I totally know what you mean about tasting a memory!

  5. Tabitha January 6, 2013 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    This may sound gruesome but we always put red food dye in the cake and use it for birthdays. After blowing out the candles the special guest gets to decapitate the lamb. Sick I know but alot of fun.

    • RetroRuth January 8, 2013 at 9:02 am - Reply

      It doesn’t sound that gruesome. I am pretty sure I am going to stuff next year’s lamb with strawberry jam…so there you go. 🙂

  6. Bernadette in KS April 7, 2013 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for the series! Instead of Easter, Lamb Cakes are a family tradition for First Communions. My grandma started the tradition, baking a cake for all of my cousins and me. With 11 aunts and uncles, there were quite a few cousins and quite a few cakes to be made….7 in one year in fact. Now that my oldest is preparing for his First Communion in a couple weeks, I’ve been on a quest to continue the tradition. Unfortunately, the recipe my grandma used went with her when she passed. But I have the pan and thanks to you, I’m pretty sure I’ve got the correct recipe too. Thanks so much for sharing!

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