Friday, March 8, 2013
Vintage Cakes. Cookbook Review.
I know I know. I haven't done a book review in 10,000 years. But in the last few weeks, I've met a couple of people, who've been asking me why I've stopped reviewing cookbooks. Nothing to it except being totally lazy. So I've decided to resurrect the review section and post atleast once a month, if not twice.
And what better cookbook to start with than the book I've put up on my giveaway! Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson is a book you'll fall in love with. The recipes are beautiful. No, I mean really beautiful. The recipes are super traditional but with a beautiful contemporary twist.
I was wondering how a cookbook author would have managed to make such beautiful cakes. Turns out Julie is a baker and a master baker at that! I read somewhere that she baked up to six cakes in a day in order to perfect her recipe. Pretty intense, I thought.
The book is divided into six chapters: Hasty Cakes, Everyday Cakes, Little Cakes and Light Cakes, Flips and Rolls, Layer Cakes and Fillings, Frostings and Icings. For those who are a little nervous about baking slightly larger cakes, there's a whole chapter on basic techniques and tips which really makes it worth buying the book.
Recipes such as Harvey Wallbanger, Maple pecan chiffon cake, Texas sheet cake and Gingerbread icebox cake. Julie's writing is effortless. She makes it easy for a beginner baker to follow her recipes as well as for the advanced baker. And each time you make one of the recipes, you are blown away at how it tastes.
The book is so charming and the photos are marvelous. So beautiful that you wish you can eat the pages up. My favourite is the chocolate cake with the raspberry buttercream. It's on the cover and is quite fabulous to make.
While the book available in the US, UK and India, I have it up as a worldwide giveaway so don't forget to click here for more details and you'll know what to do :). Oh and comments close tonight.