March 29, 2021 – National Mom And Pop Business Day | National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day

Did You Know That The Lemon Chiffon Cake Recipe Was Once A Well Guarded Secret?

Welcome to March 29, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate supporting the American Dream and one man’s lighter than air treasure. 

Anyone who owns a Mom and Pop business store has seen their share of trials.  For Rick Segel’s parents, who owned a hat store during the Great Depression this was all too real.  They eventually grew to a 10,000 square foot clothing store that brought in $2 million dollars, but this was due to some serious elbow grease, a lot of luck and a loyal fan base.  Today, Mom and Pop stores are still the cornerstone of many communities and they survive and thrive because of their loyal patrons.  On National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, show your love, support and appreciation by spending your hard earned dollars with the people who make a difference to you.

The recipe for chiffon cake was a closely guarded secret for decades.  While angel food cake was already popular in the 1920s, Henry Baker believed it could be better.  The insurance salesman turned caterer worked feverishly on his combination of ingredients.  Then in 1927 he stumbled on the perfect method for creating a rich but airy cake.  Sure that he had struck gold, Henry offered his services to the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles.  This place catered to the Hollywood elite and for the next 20 years, Henry was the only person to bake his proprietary recipe.  Finally, in 1947 he sold it to General Mills for an undisclosed amount.  On National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day share a golden bite of baking history that’s too good to keep all to yourself. 

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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