Five Kisses Cake aka Lunar Cake
Recipe Contributed By Reader: Sue Vosper
Today’s recipe comes to us from a reader from our Frugal Friday Flyer posts on Facebook. Every Thursday afternoon, Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs posts the condensed lists of the “best of the best” grocery deals.
Recently, attached to a Frugal Friday Flyer we asked the question, “What is your favorite Rhubarb recipe?”
Sue Vosper, one of those readers responded with an answer that immediately had me asking for more information.
She mentioned that her favorite Rhubarb recipe is the Five Kisses Cake aka Lunar Cake.
What? A cake so good it actually holds 2 names? I had to ask her more about it.
Her response was this:
“My sister, Janet, has made this delightful cake for many years. Although it is called a Lunar Cake because the top looks like a moonscape once baked, we changed the name. We now call it the Five Kisses Cake after a family member asked for seconds (or maybe thirds) and said even a bite was worth five kisses.”
This again, had me asking her if we could share her family’s version of the Five Kisses Cake aka Lunar Cake. And if her family’s ravings about it are true, why not make some up for Dad for Father’s Day and see if you’ll get those five kisses too.
A Canadian Tradition
Although it is unclear where the recipe may have originally come from, it clearly dates back to the 1980’s.
Canadian Living magazine and their former food editor, Elizabeth Baird, and home economist, Sandy Hall came up with the version that reportedly appeared in a 1981 summer publication. In fact, Elizabeth went on to publish in one of her own cookbooks in 1984, the Elizabeth Baird’s Favourites: 150 Classic Canadian Recipes.
It is reported that the original recipe came from Sandy Hall’s mother-in-law, Wyn Hall. Soon with some minor tweaking from Elizabeth and Sandy, we have the version that became all the rage in the 1980’s.
Before laptops, cellphones, and Pinterest were even around this new Canadian recipe was being shared nationwide. It seemed everybody was sharing and making this Lunar Cake.
So, in celebration of our upcoming 150th Canadian Birthday Celebration, it only seems fitting to have a Canadian born recipe for us all to try. Maybe it is time for this Five Kisses Cake aka Lunar Rhubarb Cake to go viral once again!
Thank you Sue Vosper, for sharing this recipe with all of us. And don’t forget to use that free food in your yard, Rhubarb.