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Vintage Cakes: Timeless Recipes for Cupcakes, Flips, Rolls, Layer, Angel, Bundt, Chiffon, and Icebox Cakes for Today's Sweet Tooth Hardcover – July 31, 2012
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—Shelf Awareness for Readers, 8/3/12
“The cakes in this book somehow manage to seem fresh and new while simultaneously feeling familiar and immediately lovable….Whether you are considered to be The Cake Baker among your friends or just love a good dessert at the end of the day, there's a recipe or three in this book that will make you smile.”
—The Kitchn, 7/31/12
“In Julie Richardson’s capable hands we are led back in time, down the cake walk. It takes a precise and meticulous baker to show us the way and here we are lucky to be guided by Julie’s confident voice. These recipes are tested and true for today’s bakers.”
—Kim Boyce, author of Good to the Grain and owner of Bakeshop
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I highly recommend this Book! I realy love it!
My problem with this book, however, is its lack of visuals. The whole concept behind the cookbook -- updating old-fashioned recipes for more contemporary tastes -- is wonderful. Unfortunately, a lot of the recipes don't have accompanying pictures! I've never heard of most of the cakes since a lot of the recipes are truly vintage (the author discovered most in a random box in her bakery's attic), so it would really be great to have accompanying visuals. For instance, how am I supposed to know what a Shinny cake looks like if it dates back to 1898 and isn't commonly found in modern times? Or another example is that the author's much beloved and incredibly popular Pink Champagne Cake -- it sounds great but it doesn't even have a photo! Is it actually pink? I have no idea.
As a result, flipping through the text-heavy book leaves me feeling uninspired and scared to try any of the recipes since I don't know what the end result will look like. I guess I just don't like flying blind while baking, which is something this book seems more than comfortable with letting you do.
This book is great because it spells everything out precisely. I read it cover to cover and follow all of the directions to the letter. It says what kind of flour and salt to buy, tells me to warm everything up to room temperature before starting and how long to mix things in the mixer. Lo and behold, I've made three marvelous cakes! I'm including a photo of my first-ever layer cake with my review. Finished eating it a week ago, and I'm still in shock because it was both delicious and came out looking nice!
The book has a nice variety of types of cakes. None of the ingredients or tools are hard to find. The toppings/icings also have lots of variety and aren't sickly sweet; even my frosting-adverse husband eats every last bit. I can see myself making every recipe in this book.
One could wish for more photos. The instructions in this book are precise enough that I don't need photos to get a nice-looking finished cake, but a photo of every recipe would be nice. Other cookbooks do it and it's helpful because not everyone can read down an ingredient list and decide if they will like the finished dish.
Vintage Cakes is packed with unique cake recipes and tantalizing pictures, but many of the recipes require a fair amount of time in the kitchen. While there is a "Hasty Cakes" chapter for recipes that are quicker to whip together, most of the recipes require quite a bit of work to put together. This is a fun book, but it may be a better fit for people who are looking for unique cakes or who have a knack for baking.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These are truly some timeless recipes. I can't help but feel all the more jubilant with the many colorful cakes I can bake for the upcoming special occasions. Gosh.Published 25 days ago by Veronica
I bought this vintage dessert cook book for my mom during Christmas. She loves it. I really like it too I've made a few cakes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Quality Shopper
Ordered this cake for my daughter's bridal shower. Thought the book would be a perfect gift to go with it...especially since she's a baker! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kimberly Frazier
beautiful pictures and clear and understandable directions. I can't wait to make some of these beauties!!Published 3 months ago by C. Tash
Not as many photographs of cakes as I expected but terrific recipes book was in great condition .Published 6 months ago by Lawrence Fh