Book Review: Vintage Cakes

Happy Monday.

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.


Vintage Cakes Cookbook

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.

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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.





St. George Marathon Race Report

Well, it has been over a month since I ran the St. George Marathon and I’m already looking forward to next year’s race. If you’re on the fence about registering for this race, I definitely recommend it. I've been putting off writing this post mainly because I didn't focus on the details of every mile I ran. Well, that and I’m unbelievably busy. One more month and this graduate school nonsense will be over at least for a few months.

Here is what I remember:

Miles 1-6 – First off, it was freaking cold outside. I started the first mile running slow and by the second mile I settled into a groove. Most of these first miles were in the dark and going downhill. I passed a lot of people. I felt like I was zigzagging around people for most of the race. I took my first Gu and turned on my mp3 player right before the hellacious hill at mile 7. I drank water at every station except at the third mile.  

Miles 7-13 – Holy, huge hill. Oh my goodness the hill at mile 7 was steep, and I thought it would never end. I didn't stop or walk, but my pace dropped to around 10:30. I finally ran over the hill, and made up time running down hill. I took another Gu at mile 11. I passed the 4:30 pacer sometime during these miles. Lesson learned… line up correctly.

Miles 14-21 – Took another Gu at miles 15 and 19. I continued flying downhill, and my quads were starting to get sore. Around mile 17, I passed the 4:15 pacer. At mile 19, there was another steep, long hill. I didn't stop once.

Miles 22-26.2 – By this point, I was looking forward to seeing my family around mile 23. I took my last get at mile 23. I never really hit the wall and thought I couldn't take another step. At mile 24, I was over it. I was ready to be done. This is where I had to start counting down the time. I have 18 minutes left. I have 10 minutes left. I have 5 minutes left. My time was 4:11. I was one minute shy of my #3 goal. After training all summer, I seriously thought I would finish around 4:30.

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****I think my husband was afraid I would need an ambulance or possibly need it himself from boredom.****

Other things I remember:

  • The volunteers were amazing, and the aid stations were fully stocked.
  • This is a downhill race with a ton of rolling hills. Some of which are quite steep and long.
  • There were a few spectators throughout the race with the majority of them starting at mile 23 to the end. I was ok with that.
  • There were funny and motivational signs posted on every reflector during the entire race.
  • I ran the entire race without slowing down.
  • I loved every step I took.
  • I was so sore for the next week after the race that I could barely walk. Running downhill is no joke.
  • The scenery is beautiful, but I didn’t really pay attention to it. I live in the desert with red rocks surrounding me, so it wasn’t anything new to me.

St George Medal


  • And the medal is awesome.

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Pictures of my kids at the race. They weren't in the cheering mood.

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Elena- This sucks, Sam.

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Sam- Ya it does. Worst parade ever!!! Why are they torturing us?


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