Appalachian Food

Postum Cake

Piece of cake on plate

After I posted a video about drinking Postum, the company sent me a nice thank you along with several jars of Postum including some of the flavors I haven’t tried.

In addition to all that, they also sent me a recipe for Postum Cake.

I finally got time to make it over the weekend.

Postum Cake

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoon Postum (I used the original flavor)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 cup of boiling water

The recipe called for using two nine inch cake pans, but I’m sure it will work well with other sizes too. Grease and flour pans. I used parchment paper in the bottom of mine.

Mix sugar, flour and salt together.

Melt butter in pot over medium heat. While butter is melting add Postum to boiling water and stir well.

Add Postum to butter and bring to a boil; boil ten seconds.

In a separate bowl mix buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla.

Pour Postum butter mixture into flour mixture and stir.

Add egg mixture and stir till combined. Pour into pans and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or till done.

Cool layers completely.


  • 1 1/2 sticks softened butter
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar (or less)
  • 2 tablespoons Postum
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream

Mix all ingredients till light and fluffy. I suggest adding powdered sugar a little at a time till the frosting is your preferred consistency. I used about a cup and and a half of powdered sugar. You can also adjust by adding more heavy cream if needed.

I’m not the greatest cake froster so I took the easy route of frosting between the layers and the top of the cake. It seemed like the recipe might need to be doubled to frost the entire cake. There was a note on the recipe that chocolate buttercream frosting also goes very well with the cake.

I was afraid the cake would be okay, I mean how could it not be good with all that sugar and butter 🙂 But I thought it would just be okay not really that good but not bad. I was pleasantly surprised to find I liked the cake a lot! It has sort of a mocha coffee caramel taste. The Deer Hunter said he liked it too so I know I’ll be making it again.

Last night’s video: The Best Strawberry Pie with Home Made Graham Cracker Crust.


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  • Reply
    Debbie Cook
    April 27, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    When I was a little girl , I am 67 now , my grandma used Postum instead of coffee cause she was a Seventh Day Adventist, and wouldn’t use anything with caffeine she did something special with the Postum, she would put a heaping tablespoon of Postum and sprinkle it on top of Vanilla Icecream, it is simply amazing , very tasty , brings back fond memories

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      April 27, 2022 at 8:28 pm

      Debbie-I will have to try that 🙂

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    Patty Hansen
    April 26, 2022 at 6:52 am

    I have heard of Possum, but in CNY, I have never known anyone to drink it. Nor have I seen it in stores (but maybe because I’m not looking?). Its funny how food is regional. We have Grandma Brown Baked Beans – they are everyone’s favorite canned beans around here. The factory is only about and hour from me. I have a sister in Texas, and my mom has to ship cans of beans to her. We also have something called “Utica Greens”. I hate ’em, but everyone else raves about them. We have a large Italian population in the cities of Utica & Rome, but in the small town where I grew up (nearby) there were very few Italians. A lot of the regional recipes are of Italian/American conglomeration, but because there were no Italians near us, we never ate any of it. We’re mostly Irish & Polish ancestry. In fact, back in my great grandparents day, the prejudices were more towards Italians than African Americans. One great aunt was cast out because she married an eye-talion. My great grandmother’s idea of “sauce” was serving ketchup on top of spaghetti noodles. My dad hated it.

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    April 25, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Tipper, the way you described it sounds yummy! 🙂 I’ve never seen Postum in any of our stores.

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    April 25, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Since reading your blog about drinking Postum instead of coffee, I have looked in a couple of grocery stores and Walmart, but haven’t found it yet. I’m not sure if it’s because they stopped carrying it, or they were just out of stock. According to searching on line our local Walmart sells it, but I’ve not had any luck so far. The cake looks good, but at this point I just want to taste the drink. It was really nice of the company to send you the jars of new flavors to try. You’ll have to let us know what flavors they have and which flavors you like the best.

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    April 25, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    Save me a piece, Tipper! :>

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    April 25, 2022 at 9:43 am

    Tipper, you never cease to amaze me! All the habits, foods, and ideas that I never think about anymore come right back to me in your daily blog. I have drank Postum, but it has been so long ago I had forgotten about it. Two things my Mom fixed that I rarely hear about anymore was hot tea when we were sick and a morning cup of Ovaltine. I think I tried Ovaltine years later to relive that comfortable sweet memory, but unfortunately it just did not taste as good without my Mom’s loving hands to make it just right. You are just one of the many blessings I am thankful for everyday. I do not know of anybody else or anything that captures totally the depth of how I feel about everything Appalachia.
    I suppose all mankind feels that bond with where they were raised. I well remember a transplanted neighbor who would tear up when she spoke of her childhood home in a northern state. She married a West Virginian in service, and he brought her back to his mountains. Some 40 years later she is perfectly at home in the mountains, even though some of her children left to gain better employment.

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    Vedarena Elliott
    April 25, 2022 at 9:42 am

    Well now I’m going to have to go search for some Postum. I dont think I have ever seen it or heard of it before. Maybe I have and want paying attention. Which is very well possible.

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    Rita Speers
    April 25, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Sounds great, but I’m not starting any new bad habits…LOL!!!

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    Jane ODell
    April 25, 2022 at 9:38 am

    Yum! I ordered some after your post on Postum and really like it. I’m going to give this recipe a try. It looks yummy. Thanks for sharing it with us! Have a great week! Your friend in SC ❤️

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    April 25, 2022 at 9:34 am

    I didn’t know they still made Postum.

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    Margie G
    April 25, 2022 at 7:52 am

    I never drank or saw Postum in my whole life. There’s no way anybody could ever know even an inkling of what lieth out there in this world to try or know. I have heard of it I guess many years ago, but maybe not. Enjoy the Postum cake! I know you will! Lol I got a recipe for a peanut butter cake and I tell you it was like a taste blast from the past. It’s gone now but lasted a week. Have a great day all!!!

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    April 25, 2022 at 7:48 am

    This sounds like a really good recipe. Did you also drink a cup of Postum with the cake 🙂

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    Mary W
    April 25, 2022 at 7:30 am

    Coffee flavored anything is my favorite and will try this as soon as I can get some postum at the store. Thanks!

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    Glenda G. Page
    April 25, 2022 at 7:05 am

    Such a memory to share, it has been eons since I remembered Postum and WWII. Postum is now on my shopping list. Thanks again for all that you share and getting a glimps into your past and history. God Bless.

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    April 25, 2022 at 7:02 am

    Thank you for sharing this Tipper. It sounds delicious and like something I’d really enjoy. I guess I’ll be on the lookout for Postum the next time I’m out.

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    Sheryl Paul
    April 25, 2022 at 6:17 am

    Now zi gotta try this cake

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    Sheryl Paul
    April 25, 2022 at 6:16 am

    My grandfather (Daddy Curt) loved Podtum. He started drinking it when coffee was rationed in WWII. I would love to go stay with grandparents in the summer my favorite breajfast was Postum with milk and sugar and flat pancakes snd homemade chocolate syrup.

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    Miss Cindy
    April 25, 2022 at 6:14 am

    I’ll be over to try a piece, that is if there is any left! Who would have ever thought of using Postum in a cake!

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