(Please keep those What It Means To Be Lutheran posts coming!)
Growing up we had this old, cast iron lamb cake mold. My mom said that it came over on the boat from Denmark or Holland over 100 years ago. Anyway, two years ago I aquired the lamb cake mold from my mother (a pre-inheritance thing, I told her) and began making the Easter Lamb Cake as a tradition in my (new and growing) family. For the first two years it went off without a hitch – the nose was perfect, the ears stayed on, and most importantly – the lamb itself didn’t fall over. I was very proud of my success, especially because as kids my brother and I would laugh as my mom struggled to keep the head, ears, nose and face intact each year, all while trying to keep the cake itself from falling over.
But this year has been different. I tried to make the cake on Easter Day, but it didn’t cook long enough and the cake itself was undercooked and rather disgusting (though my sister-in-law and mother-in-law were very charitible in their praise and claimed to love my undercooked lamb cake). Just today I tried to make it again, but this time the face and nose didn’t come out. I’ll try it again tomorrow, but gosh, this is frustrating – especially after having two good years in a row!
Here is a picture I found off the internet. My lamb cake mold looks very similar, though according to various antique websites and eBay merchants, the authentic Griswold cake molds have a certain number on the side. My mold doesn’t have any numbers or other manufacturing markings – perhaps mine is a late-19th/early 20th century knock-off of the brand name Griswold molds that sell for $100+ at eBay?
The intrigue of the lamb cake mold continues . . .