The date was April 1 but inside the cabin for the Shaker Your Plate program it was March 1 and Mother Ann’s birthday was being celebrated. Mother Ann was born February 29, 1736. The original receipt (recipe) for Mother Ann’s Birthday Cake reads: “Cut a handful of peach twigs, which are filled with sap at this time of year. Clip the ends and bruise them and beat cake batter with them. This will impart a delicate peach flavor to the cake.” My bruised peach twigs are pictured on the table.
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