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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
Top Customer Reviews
I highly recommend this Book! I realy love it!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has a lot of recipes but lack corresponding visualss. I like seeing what a cake would look like before baking it.Published 13 hours ago by Amazon Customer
A step back in time. No box cakes here. Clear instructions. Lots of favorites plus new yummies!Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Lovely book full of some cake recipes that I have never seen before. I'll be making lots of them.Published 20 days ago by tootie
Amazing book! I've already prepared half of the recipes and all of them are super!Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
My most favorite cook book!! All of the cakes I've baked so far always turn out delicious!Published 27 days ago by Rachel Szymeczek
I just didn't think it was that great. Probably could get these recipes anywhere online.Published 29 days ago by Sue Heaney