I am truly stumped by this one. I consider myself generally knowledgeable about baking and cooking. I even have a vast trunkful of completely useless cooking trivia rattling around in my brain. BUT....I have never heard this one and am dying to hear if anyone else has.....I overheard my husband telling my daughter that "years ago" it was quite common to bake a cake with uncooked pasta thrown in the batter. I, of course, told him I never heard of such a thing and asked him to tell me who did this and his response was "lots of people" but when pressed could only name his Great Grandmother (who would be in her nineties now). I think he was mad that I didn't believe him, but I come form a long line of bakers who made do with the most basic ingredients, suffered through the depression and the like and still haven't ever heard such a thing. He seemed to think the purpose was to hold the cake together? nd, we are talking about a birthday type of cake, not a kugel or anything like that. Also, the family was at least 3 generations removed from their countries of orgin, which are Germany, Ireland, and England. Anybody have any info to make this comprhensible to me?