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Chef's Corner: Makin' Whoopie!

PORTLAND, Maine (Ivanhoe Newswire) - When you think of Maine, big juicy lobsters might come to mind. But a century old snack may make the state famous for something sweeter.

Inside this quaint little shop they’re busy makin’ whoopie; whoopie pies that is. 

“Everything we make is delicious,” says Cranberry Island Kitchen co-owner Karen Haase.

Including island buttermilk cakes.

“We call it the crazy clam because it has a crazy little story with it,” Haase tells Ivanhoe. 

They date back 100 years to little Cranberry Island off the coast of Maine.

Haase explains, “Everybody on the island makes this recipe.”

Cranberry Island Kitchen co-owner Karen Haase uses the same recipe.

“It’s kind of a cross between a homemade donut and a spice cake,” says Haase.

It’s easy to make. Start with two cups of sugar. Add one cup canola oil, half a teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon organic vanilla, two teaspoons of nutmeg, and mix. Blend in baking soda and flour, and make sure to pour real buttermilk into the batter.

Haase says, “It makes a big difference; it makes it much lighter and fluffier.” 

After 25 minutes in the oven, you get a nice, rich cake. Serve plain or with fresh fruit and whipped cream. A quick glaze makes it even sweeter.

 Haase explains, “It’s just water, sugar, vanilla.”

A tasty treat that’s hard to resist. After years of making them, Karen still loves them!

“Uh, I wish I didn’t, but yes, I do!” exclaims Haase. 

To get the complete recipe for island buttermilk cakes, go to To learn more about cranberry island kitchen and its home-made treats, go to They ship to every state!



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