New Years Cakes


Preparation info
  • Yield: Approximately

    6 Dozen

    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Christmas Cook: Three Centuries of American Yuletide Sweets

By William Woys Weaver

Published 1990

  • About

New Years Cakes were considered a delicacy most peculiar to New York and the Hudson Valley, but we do find professional bakers in many other East Coast cities advertising these cakes. A baker in Philadelphia advertised in 1840 that he “sells the real New York New Year’s Cakes, the genuine Knickerbockers, of all sizes, from a cartwheel to a levenpenny bit.”25

The eleven-cent piece he referred to was pretty sm