Independence Cake

The Story

Independence Cake: A Revolutionary Confection Inspired by Amelia Simmons, Whose True History Is Unfortunately Unknown by Deborah Hopkinson explores not only food but bigger questions such as why isn’t Amelia’s story known.

Click HERE to download lesson plan.

The Questions

Now that you have “read” the story. Now what do you think of the following questions?

  1. How do we know about people from the past?
  2. What are primary sources?
  3. Why do you think there is not much known about Amelia Simmons?
  4. Do you think if Amelia was a man we would know more about her story?
  5. Where do you think Amelia learned all her recipes and how to cook?
  6. Do you think Amelia used math and science in her work?
  7. What is potash?

The History

Learn more about the history behind this real true story.

The Activities

Click Johnny Cakes/Hoecakes to make this modern version of one of Amelia’s recipes.

You can also write or illustrate the story of a woman in your family.