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A while back I had a request from Steve Frazer of Reisterstown, Md., who was seeking the recipe for the chocolate chip coffee cake that used to be sold at Miller’s Delicatessen in Northwest Baltimore in the 1970s. At the time I ran his query I received an email from Leslie Miller-Scherr, whose family was the original owner of the deli.

She told me that back in the day they purchased the cake from a local caterer, Cyril and Ruth’s, but she thought they were no longer operating. I tried to locate the caterer to see if they would share the recipe but found that they were no longer in business.

Interestingly, I recently received an email from Barbara Block Novicki, originally from Baltimore now residing in Scottsdale, Ariz., who said that on a recent visit to Baltimore she learned about the request in the paper for the chocolate chip coffee cake. It turns out that Novicki’s mother was Cyril Block, who along with her aunt, Ruth Julius, founded and ran the catering business Cyril and Ruth’s for many years.

Novicki explained that the original recipe was for blueberry coffee cake and came from her grandmother, Mary Mogol.


Anne Marie Gardner from Baltimore is looking for a recipe for the cinnamon sticks that were made by Rudot’s bakery that used to be on the corner of Old Frederick Road and Loudon Avenue in Baltimore’s Irvington neighborhood.