Here is another one of those things that reminds me of my grandmother’s kitchen!
I didn’t realize until the other day when I paid a visit to our warehouse that I had been hoarding cake savers.
You hear them called “cake carriers” and “cake savers.” The ones with handles and a top that latches down are obviously carriers, and the ones without are savers, meant to sit on the kitchen table or counter to keep cake and pie fresh.
Most women I know have a cake carrier, made of plastic, by Tupperware or Rubbermaid.
Up until the first part of the 20th century, cakes were entirely different from the ones we know today. It wasn’t until the 1930’s that electric mixers became more common, and better baking ingredients became available. Baked goods were commonly bought at the bakery, but now housewives could easily bake at home with the latest baking powder, flour products and appliances to make kitchen chores easier.
Cake carriers were first made of metal, baked enamel or glass. Cake carriers were often part of matching kitchen-ware sets which might include a bread box, canisters and a match safe along with other kitchen accessories. The glass knobs on the early cake carriers were from the same companies that made kitchen cabinet pulls and were used to match the kitchen.
Cake carriers were made so that cakes and pies could be carried to social functions such as luncheons and bridge parties, or church suppers or picnics. Cake carriers have several parts: a metal bottom tray, a metal cover with a knob and an outer wire bracket with a handle which keeps the parts together and also allows for carrying the cake. Some cake carriers have more parts with additional trays to carry cakes and pies together at one time.
Some companies, such as Harper J. Ransburg of Indianapolis, were known to hand paint designs on their wares. Today you will find plenty of vintage cake carriers for sale from a variety of different companies such as Decoware, Lincoln, Ransburg, Kromex, Westbend, and Lustroware.
Cake carriers and savers usually sell for around $20. Unusual or hand painted enamel varieties may sell for a bit more.
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