Recently, I checked out Vintage Cakes from the library, and immediately fell in love with it.
I almost always borrow cookbooks from the library before buying them. I hate buying a cookbook and not liking the recipes.
I was pleasantly surprised with this book, and will definitely purchase it soon.
Here is a brief review:
Julie Richardson’s Vintage Cakes was published in 2012 by Ten Speed Press. Richardson is a master baker and co-author of Rustic Fruit Desserts.
Vintage Cakes is a charming cookbook with an assortment of updated vintage cake recipes from the classic American birthday cake to a Gingerbread Icebox Cake with Mascarpone Mousse. The cake recipes are divided into Hasty, Everyday, Little and Light, Flips and Rolls, Layer, and Party.
The recipes have a brief headnote on the history of the cake, a description of the recipe, and guidelines on proper storage. The last chapter is a collection of recipes on fillings, frostings, and icings. Richardson includes a sidebar recommending cake and frosting combinations.
The book list essential baking equipment and the best ingredients required for baking a delicious cake. Richardson provides tips and techniques on each stage of the cake making process: batter, baking, and frosting.
Richardson writes in an entertaining and down to earth fashion which is perfect for the beginner to experienced baker.
I made the Texas Sheet cake (with cinnamon) and it turned out great. There isn't a single recipe in this book that I wouldn't make, and the pictures are beautiful.