Maida Heatter, whose cookbooks with recipes for star-spangled banana cake, brown sugar icing and different dessert fare earned her the nickname “the Queen of Cake,” died on Thursday at her house in Miami Seaside, Fla. She was 102.
Her writer, Little, Brown and Firm, introduced her dying.
Ms. Heatter (pronounced HEAT-er) had an early profession as a trend illustrator and jewellery designer earlier than she opened a restaurant known as The Inside in Miami Seaside within the 1960s. She drew the eye of Craig Claiborne, a meals editor for The New York Instances.
“She is fingers down the foremost meals authority in Florida,” he wrote in a 1968 article, and the newspaper started that includes her recipes. In 1974 she printed “Maida Heatter’s E book of Nice Desserts,” the primary of a string of titles that included, simply two months in the past, “Happiness Is Baking: Favourite Desserts From the Queen of Cake.”
If her recipes had been sinfully wealthy and calorie-filled, she was unapologetic, and even noticed the well being advantages in desserts.
“A couple of days in the past I heard a health care provider speaking on tv concerning the risks of stress,” she wrote in “Maida Heatter’s Cookies” (1997). “It will probably kill you. It will probably trigger a coronary heart assault or a stroke. The physician listed methods of dealing with stress. Train. Food regimen. Yoga. Take a stroll. I yelled, ‘Bake cookies.’ ”
“Baking cookies is a good escape,” she added. “It’s enjoyable. It’s happiness. It’s artistic. It’s good to your well being. It reduces stress.”
Ms. Heatter was born on Sept. 7, 1916, to Gabriel and Sadie (Hermalin) Heatter. Her father was a well known radio broadcaster. Her mom instilled in her a love of cooking. She was, Ms. Heatter advised Mr. Claiborne, “a most uncommon girl who may do something on this planet, however cooking was her Number one love.”
Ms. Heatter studied trend and design on the Pratt Institute in New York, and noticed a connection between that space of curiosity and cooking.
“I undoubtedly contemplate it an artwork,” she advised L.A. Weekly in 2011. “There are a lot of similarities.”
Her books had been stuffed with suggestions in addition to recipes. “Glass or plastic measuring cups with the measurements marked on the aspect and the 1-cup line beneath the highest are just for measuring liquids,” she wrote in “Maida Heatter’s E book of Nice Chocolate Desserts,” first printed in 1980. “Don’t use them for flour or sugar.”
That e-book included a recipe for what she known as “September seventh Cake.”
“This cake took place after I needed one thing totally different to serve on my birthday,” she wrote. “Two skinny, light-weight, darkish layers are full of white whipped cream and are thickly lined with a beautiful darkish coffee-chocolate whipped cream.”
A full obituary will seem shortly.