1950s spinning sugar cake

Photograph of the 'spinning sugar cake' from Australian Home Beautiful, January 1951.

Let's bake a cake, Australian Home Beautiful, January 1951, p58. Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Sydney Living Museums

This recipe originates from the 1951 January issue of The Australian Home Beautiful magazine, held in Sydney Living Museums’ Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection. Eat Your History project intern Elizabeth McKinnon decided she’d road test it as part of her Museum Studies internship – and it wasn’t quite as smooth a ride as she’d hoped… Continue reading


Two silver claret jugs, two silver coasters and a silver presentation tray.

Silver claret jugs, 1840, silver coasters, 1842-1843 and silver presentation tray, 1838. Elizabeth Bay House Collection and Caroline Simpson Collection, Sydney Living Museums. Photo © Jenni Carter

Now that we’ve gone through Elizabeth Bay’s cellars, it’s up the servants’ stairs and on to the table. Claret anyone? Continue reading