• Image of 'Angel'
  • Image of 'Angel'

In the book 'Just Me Cookin Cakes' Schrandt reports 'angel food cake'; also known as 'foam-style cake', as being inspired by 'cornstarch cake', with 'all three cakes being made with large quantities of egg whites'. Schrandt also states how, due to 'an abundance of cake molds in southeastern Pennsylvania; one of the major producers of cake molds', it was here that angel food cake originated in the 1800's. Reported to be 'a traditional African-American favorite for post-funeral feasting', Schrandt goes on to illustrate how, during a time of 'pre egg-beaters (1865)...it is also felt that the first angel food cakes were probably baked by African-American slaves from the South because making this cake required a strong beating arm and lots of labor to whip the air into the whites.'[1]

Brown & Polson; established in 1840, is documented as having began when two muslin manufacturers joined forces in Paisley, Scotland. John Polson (the son of the original owner) discovered how to make maize into an edible starch and patented the cornflour in 1854. Cornflour is a 'pure fine white corn starch, milled from maize grain', used to thicken soups, stews, gravies and sauces.[2]

Reported as 'the first corn flour to be manufactured in Britain' and 'one of the oldest surviving grocery brands in Britain', Brown & Polson's reputation also led to it being appointed starch manufacturers to Queen Victoria by 1853.[3]

1. Schrandt, D. M. 'Just Me Cookin Cakes' iUniverse Inc: Lincoln. 2003. p1.
2. http://www.rhamar.com/brands/view?id=53
3. Farrell, T. http://letslookagain.com/2016/07/brown-polson/

Dimensions: H 66cm W 24cm D 24m

Mixed Media:
Vintage Composition Doll,
Vintage 'Brown & Polson Cornstarch' tin,
Vintage posser,
Vintage dariole tin,
Vintage flutted sweet tins,
Vintage brioche tin,
3 x E10 LED Cabachon Lamps,
1 x 18W 24V LED Transformer
3 Core Dark Brown Silk Covered Flexible Cable,
Junction Box,
Tough Plug fitted with a 3 Amp Fuse,
Threaded Bar,
Copper pipe,
Various Nuts, Bolts, and Washers,
PAT Tested.

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