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Shelley Shepard Gray

An ‘Amish Cake Tester’

Posted Dec 14 2011, 7:00 am

Amish cake tester and poem!

I bought this ‘Amish Cake Tester’ at the Amish Experience Theater in Lancaster County while on tour. I thought it was so cute, and I loved the poem!  Here’s the first verse:

Look at this gift you’ve just received

A round whisk broom, you say…

Or maybe it’s a clothing brush.

To this, I must say nay.

To be fair, I think this is one of those items I think my Amish friends would smile about. I’ve actually never seen one of these in my friend’s kitchen, but who knows? Maybe lots of other Amish women do have one of these nifty cake testers on their counters!

I bought two of these and I’m trying very hard to keep them as gifts or giveaways. I think having one next to my stove would be terrific!

Would you like to be entered in today’s drawing? The winners will receive the Cake Tester, poem, an Amish Country Tour bag, and a signed copy of one of my novels.

All you have to do to be entered is tell me what kind of cake you’d use the cake tester for. <g> I would definitely used it for a sour cream pound cake. I make it in a bundt pan, and a regular toothpick is too short to test for doneness!

Best of luck to all of you. The winner will be announced tomorrow.




50 responses to “An ‘Amish Cake Tester’”

  1. I would use the cake tester on my chocolate pound cake. I would love to win.

  2. Gwenda says:

    I would truly love to win this, so I could use it on a pumpkin bread recipe my friend gave me 🙂

  3. Lenise says:

    I would actually use it on brownies!

  4. Wendy Hulbert says:

    I woukd use it on red velvet cake, YUM!!!

  5. julie lippo says:

    enter me too Shelley and I will spread the news on facebook as well 🙂 what a fun one to have ..


  6. Angela Grubaugh says:

    I would use it on amish friendship cake!

  7. April T says:

    I would use it on Death By Chocolate cake. Its such a big cake.

  8. Kristie D. says:

    Hmm…I think I would try to make a banana flavored cake. Yum yum! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  9. Angela Vaughn says:

    I think I would use it on the Amish apple cake that we have made.

  10. Teresa Kerr says:

    Mississippi Mud Cake is my favorite, so that’s what I’d use it on!

  11. Patti Meo says:

    I would use it on brownies, I tend to make those quite often. Fun giveaway!

  12. Jennifer Slater says:

    I would use it on my Chocolate Fudge Cake. It’s such a thick, rich cake that a a regular toothpick just doesn’t cut it! Thanks.

  13. Jeanette Styer says:

    I have a recipe for a Chocolate Cherry Cake that is delicious and about the only cake I bake and then only when I need to take dessert to a potluck. But to be honest I probably wouldn’t use the tester. I would keep it to look at and enjoy.

    Thank you for having these give-a-ways. I have enjoyed reading everyone’s entries and I learned some about the Amish too.

  14. Mardi Moye says:

    Hope you and your family have a Blessed CHRISTmas….oh, and PS I would love to win the cake tester…:)

  15. Karen Gervais says:

    I would love to win the Amish cake tester. I’ve been wanting one of these for a long time but never got one. It would be much better than the toothpicks I keep losing in my cabinet drawer. I would use on my Simple White Cake.

  16. i would use this on the banana bread i need to bake…oh i don’t have it yet. Oh well, the next time i bake i might! Thanks for the giveaway, and i wish everyone a blessed Christmas.

  17. Kim Ferland says:

    I would use the cake tester for my favorite chocolate cake recipe that uses no eggs – it’s a quick and easy cake to pop in the oven when you are having a chocolate craving!

  18. Tammy Adams says:

    I would use it to test my homemade chocolate cake. Not only would I use it to test doneness but I would have some friends stumpted as to what it is used for. lol

  19. Diane Wild says:

    I just finished reading Christmas in Sugarcreek. I loved it. It brought me back to the real reason for, friends and faith. Thank you. I would use the cake tester many times especially on my rhubarb cake. And by the way, I also share my life with a miniature Dachshund named Minnie.

  20. sandi says:

    Sure could use it to bake more for the the Church gathering an Christmas this year. Since we should all remember Jesus is the Reason for the Season. 🙂

  21. Carol Ellmore says:

    I always use toothpics, but this is a good idea. I posted before, but it wouldn’t post.

  22. Carol A Fabianovicz says:

    I want to try a new recipe for a orange coconut cake, so I would use the cake tester on that.

  23. Possibly my brownies, seems like that is what gets made the most in our home. Very unique!

  24. Lora Patten says:

    I would gift this to the wonderful landlady whose basement we are renting! In our time of need she gave us a break on our rent (we went a full month behind and we are still playing catch up) and this is something I know she would really get a kick out of, not to mention she would adore any of your books since she is just as much a bookworm as I am (only she has a kindle, lucky dog)! Merry Christmas to all and God Bless! 😀

  25. Shelley says:

    I would love to win something like this.

  26. Alecia Ernst says:

    I would probably use the tester on a yellow cake with chocolate frosting but then again it would work well on my homemade banana bread too. ;p

  27. Valerie White says:

    I would use this beautiful tester on a Spice cake my favorite. It’s an old receipe from my mom that I bake for my family twice a year and I always seem to take it out too soon. This would be perfect and would last a long time!

  28. Susan Brown says:

    I would use it on a Red Velvet Cake…by the way, could you explain how it is used as a cake tester…just wondering 🙂

  29. CiCi says:

    This the absolute BEST kind of cake tester – seriously! Nowadays, it’s not so easy to find them! I had one long ago and loved it (well, actually it was a straw broom that I kept snitching from) til I finally used it all up. It’s my dream to someday tour Amish country.

    Thanks for all the great giveaways.
    Be blessed,

  30. Pat Moore says:

    I would use it on my lemon pound cake (with sour creame) or an orange cake. I bake them in a bundt pan & use real lemons (lemon zest) (oranges & orange zest). If I feel real energetic, I might make a red velvet cake. My grandmother used to have one that my grandfather made for her. He also made her brooms, caned the rocking chairs on the front porch.

  31. Marie Ferland says:

    I would you it in my Chocolate Zucchini Cake or my Lemon Pound Cake, both are done in bundt pans too! I love baking and would love to win one of these!

  32. Lisa Williams says:

    I will be making alot of cakes this Christmas. I would love to win it. I would use it on my carrot cake. Thanks for having give aways it is always exciting!!!

  33. Brenda Stern says:

    I would love to use on cookies

  34. angela nicole chesnut says:

    I would use it on a carrot cake.

  35. Cheryl Baranski says:

    Would so love to win this. I would you it on pound cake and my apple cake of coarse.
    God Bless,

  36. Theresa says:

    I’d use it on my German Chocolate Cake w/homemade Coconut pecan frosting…mmmm

  37. Debbie says:

    Hi Shelley. I would use the cake tester on a Texas Sheet Cake. Got my “inspiration” from your Heart of a Hero- Texas Series. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

  38. Alice Bessonett says:

    I would definitely use this on my pumpkin spice cake! Merry Christmas to all! Shelley you are my favorite author!

  39. Kathy Faberge says:

    I would use it on chocolate-raspberry cake! Merry Christmas, Shelley!

  40. Katie says:

    Gingerbread cake…just found a great mix.

  41. Carol Blackburn says:

    I would love to win the cake tester & would use it on my hummingbird cake….would love winning an autographed copy of your book too….thank you

  42. Kim VanGorden says:

    My gosh that is so cool! My 15yr old daughtet loves to bake it would be a wonderful surprise for her!

  43. Andrea Burt says:

    I would definitely use this on a lemon tower cake! Thanks for these fun draws! Hope you have a lovely Christmas! Andrea

  44. Andrea Burt says:

    I didn’t pay any attention to the date either! Sorry!

  45. Claudie Parson says:

    I am a broom maker – and I’d love to know how to make it!!! And as for testing a cake with it – hmmmm let’s see… I think it would be great to test an Italian Cream Cake!

  46. Louise Sulack says:

    I really like the looks of the cake tester I would use on my Chocolate Zucchini Cake bread recipe.

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