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And the Winner Is….

The annual BHS cake/pie competition was a huge success with eighteen entries and just one more cake than there were pies. Oh my! It was hard to choose! There were pound cakes, there were tea cakes, chocolate, caramel, and even a büche de noel. The stories behind them were as good as the cakes! But the clear winner was Don Sweeney’s “Friendship Cake” – a cake which takes 50 days to make – and which was first presented during the Civil Rights Era and over 200 times since then, personally baked by Don himself!

According to Carolanne,

“It was introduced to his family by Gertrude who had worked with the family for years before requesting “time off” to go participate in the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham—she became known as the Rosa Parks of Rosedale for her mighty works. Don Sweeney’s dad had assured Gertrude that her job would await her and, in gratitude, she made this cake for the family. She must’ve also shared the recipe because Don has made it more than 200 times over the years since. It begins with a starter of fruits, sugar, and brandy which (I believe) must be tended to daily for about 3 weeks..then come other steps before the final baking. It was picture perfect in presentation—and wow’d the judge before he even knew about the process or the backstory.”

Want to enter? You must be a member – but – You can join On the Spot!

Cake vrs Pie Competition celebrates baked memories of the past. Dust off that old recipe and bake that cherished and memorable pie or cake! Bring it to the meeting at 4PM at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. We’d love to share it with you, along with the memories! And HERE’S how to join…

Here’s the entry form below. Be sure to include it with your entry!

2020 Cake/Pie Contest with memories and recipes

THE SWEETEST CONTEST TRADITION CONTINUES so…

LET US EAT CAKE..AND PIE TOO (if it’s your family fave, we’ll love it!)

What to Do:

  1. BAKE A CAKE, MAKE A PIE–either one or both if you can’t decide!
  2. FILL OUT THE ENTRY FORM (we savor your stories)
  3. DROP YOUR CREATION AT STRANGE AUDITORIUM, Birmingham Botanical Gardens for judging by 4 p.m.

CAKES VS. PIES–WHICH WILL TRIUMPH?!

  1. Pick a side. Cake? Pie?
  2. Prepare it just the way your mom/grandmother/best aunt did
  3. Fill out the backstory of your recipe–whose was it, your memories
  4. Include a copy of the recipe
  5.  Bring to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens by 4 p.m. February 24 (the day of the meeting)

We’ll do the rest–judge, slice, share after the speakers

Questions? Call Carolanne Roberts at 205-999-6582

Annual Strategic Planning, Ross Bridge, Birmingham Industrial District PLUS Pies and Cakes

Annual Meeting – February 24th at 7PM

“[Birmingham District-An Industrial History and Guide] may be the most useful book ever written about the history of Birmingham and Jefferson County.”

Clarke Stallworth, Associate Editor, Birmingham News, 1982

​The Birmingham Historical Society features speakers on Ross Bridge (from Old South to present) and a look at city father John Milner and the Making of Birmingham at its annual meeting February 24 at 7 p.m. in the Strange Auditorium at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 

​”The annual meeting will also explore a strategy plan for ‘2020 and Beyond,'” says Marjorie White, the Society’s executive director. “It is also our tradition to release or re-release volumes published by the Birmingham Historical Society. Additionally, this year our annual Heritage Cake Contest expands to include pies–following the judging, all attending members are invited to sample the creations.”

​ The 2020 meeting presents  a re-release of The Birmingham District-An Industrial History and Guide. “This 324-page volume with 377 illustrations is the indispensable guide to the rise of area industry and communities–in it you will find the cultures of iron ore mines, coal mines, and limestone quarries and of geological discoveries and enterprises that resulted.

​”First published in 1981, the re-release of this carefully crafted history of Birmingham industry is yet compelling and important to the understanding of our community’s growth.”

​  Members of the Society receive this year’s book as part of their membership benefits; for all other, the cost is $24.95).  

​Membership also includes the opportunity to enter the Family Favorites Cake and Pie Contest (entrants may join the Society onsite to participate). “We invite submissions of both cakes and now pies for the first time this year, all a manner of celebrating recipes passed down through families,” says White. “We uncover fascinating stories which harken back to when our ancestors used ‘oleo,’ and tested doneness with broom bristles.”

​She adds, “Anyone attending the meeting may join the Society for $40 a year, which includes invitations to events, newsletters and copies of all newly published books.”

​​The Birmingham District-An Industrial History and Guide] “invites the reader to join in the history of this place…the book gives precise locations of historical places and objects in the county.”

Clarke Stallworth, Associate Editor, Birmingham News, 1982