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Grabbing the last summer peach cakes

The deadline creeps up; I need a peach cake fix.

Then a sunny morning brought a surprise. In walked a thoughtful family member delivering two peach cakes, after a trek to buy them at Fenwick Bakery in Baltimore.

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Number 7219 Harford Road isn't just around the corner from Glyndon, but my surprise delivery indeed was appreciated. Quickly I cut a chunk, dumped on powdered sugar, then enjoyed.

Now warning; the peach cake season ends in September.

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Why the trip to Fenwick's? Their peach cake, according to my palate, is different from and far superior to that baked at various reputable bakeries.

Commented Claudette Wilson, Fenwick's part-owner who has worked there for 57 years, "It's really very simple. Start with excellent peaches, combined with a sweet dough and top with our own mixture."

Simple, perhaps, but different in taste.

One hundred years ago Ernst Uebersax came to Baltimore.

Perhaps pulling a recipe from his pocket, he mixed his first peach cake at his bakery on Fenwick Avenue, Baltimore which later moved to Harford Road.

Ernst passed the business to his son Walter. Today, the owners, Michael Meckel and Ms. Wilson, are not family members.

The family recipe, however, continues.

The Fourth of July is opening day for Fenwick's peach cake.

Through the summer, they weekly turn out some 100 pans, each pan holding eight cakes.

Hurrying in during the waning days of summer, adds Ms. Wilson, are vacationers - many of them former Baltimoreans - who stopped to buy peach cakes on their drive back to Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and Florida.

I wonder, do they tuck in their cooler some hard crabs too before leaving the Land of Pleasant Living?

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