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Vintage Cakes: Tremendously Good Cakes for Sharing and Giving [Hardcover]

Jane Brocket
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Book Description

22 Sep 2012

This is the first domestic cake and baking book to combine cake history, fabulous recipes and vintage styling, in settings that include colourful china, vintage tablecloths and tableware, cake tins and paper cases, and inspiring cake stands. There are six tempting chapters: Everyday Cakes, Cake-tin Cakes, Little Cakes, Elegant Cakes, Fancies & Frivolities and Celebrations, with cakes ranging from traditional afternoon tea fare such as Scones and Fruit Loaf to the decadent American Red Velvet Cake, and the Fruit-filled Plum Streusal Cake to delightfully colourful slices of Battenberg. There truly is a cake to suit every occasion and baking need.

The book begins with a brief introduction to the history of the cake, the joys of sharing cakes and an in-depth look at the essential baking methods needed for perfect cake-making. The cake recipes are each introduced with delightful vignettes of history and provenance. Practice makes perfect and Vintage Cakes provides everything you need to whet your appetite.

Whether you are preparing a sublime afternoon tea, an outdoor garden party or a picnic by the sea, Vintage Cakes provides the know-how and the inspiration for reassuringly old-fashioned treats that fill your kitchen with warmth and good smells.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP (22 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906417733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906417734
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'If you've been caught up in the vintage trend you'll love this book.'

(Great British Food)

'Stunning book...Detailed and precise, it will suit novice and experienced bakers alike.'

(Woman & Home)

'This beautifully illustrated book, styled to perfection with all things vintage used throughout, provides delicious cake recipes all with a retro twist. With baking more popular than ever in the UK the writer serves up a cake to suit every occasion.'

(Retirement Today)

'It's a visual and practical feast.'

(The Lady)

About the Author

Jane Brocket is the successful author of The Gentle Art of Domesticity and Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer. Both books include recipes for favourite family treats and old-fashioned cakes. She has written about baking with children for The Guardian and her baking skills have been featured on Claudia Winkleman’s Radio 2 Friday Culture Show. Jane’s blog Yarnstorm was started in 2007 and covers quilting, baking, colour, culture and inspiration. Yarnstorm is regarded as the leading domestic/craft blog in the UK, but also has a very wide international readership in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendously Good Book 9 Sep 2012
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Being an long time admirer of jane Brocket's inspirational blog, 'Yarnstorm' and already owning several of her other books, I waited in happy anticipation for this to arrive.
It is truly a baking book for the home baker. There is nothing pretentious, unwieldy or nerve-tattering about these recipes. They are well written, each with an interesting introduction; clear instructions, and (very helpfully) information about storing and keeping times for each cake. The recipes do not require special equipment or difficult-to-source ingredients.
I have baked from it twice already (it arrived yesterday) and found the recipes and baking times to be most reliable.
Each cake, slice or 'fancy' looks tempting and makes you want to reach for the mixing bowl and wooden spoon!
The book hangs together beautifully as a whole; it is clearly the work of one individual baker. I say this because so many 'celebrity' baking/cookbooks give the impression that many of the recipes have been developed by the author's 'back room team', rather than the author themselves.
Jane Brocket's trademark intellegent, accesible writing, and inspirational settings for each temptingly photographed cake are evident throughout. The quirky table ware and consistent theme of 'vintage' make this book (in common with all other books she has written) a pleasure to look through, as well as use.
A refreshing change from the ubiquitous celebrity bake book. A beautifully realised, inspirational and heartfelt book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious book, very reliable 30 Sep 2012
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This is a brilliant cake book. I've made 3 of the cakes so far and they have been universally liked, even by my children who are notoriously fussy! The instructions are clear, the pictures are beautiful and the range of cakes is good.
I would recommend this book for anyone, beginner or established baker, because even though all the cakes are classics, it is a really nice selection to have all in one book.
So far I've made the mocha cake (best chocolate cake I've made, and the only one my children have liked), seed cake and marmalade cake. All glorious.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars moony 5 Oct 2012
By moony
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Wonderful. I want to make every single cake in the book. Some old favourites, some cakes I had forgotton about and some new ideas for me. Vintage Cakes = Vintage Jane Brockett.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! 17 Feb 2013
By Grandma
Our British cousins have long been known for their fine baking and Vintage Cakes: More Than 90 Heirloom Recipes for Tremendously Good Cakes contains a fair few recipes for some of the most well known of British cakes. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that when our British friends say "cakes" they do not mean exactly what we do. Yes, there are layer cakes and loaf cakes and cakes baked in a sheet pan. You'll find some cupcakes too. You will also find pancakes, banana bread, brownies, a few tarts, and some yeast raised buns, representing a nice cross-section of traditional British home baking.

Author Jane Brocket categorizes her recipes as Cake-tin Cakes, Everyday Cakes, Little Cakes, Posh Cakes, Fancies & Frivolities and Celebration Cakes. Cake-tin Cakes are cakes which will keep for several days in a tightly covered container, the kind of cake often baked in a square or loaf pan. Everyday Cakes might surprise you. While the chapter starts with Victoria Sandwich, a lovely cake made of two layers of an airy vanilla sponge sandwiched together with whipped cream and sometimes raspberry jam, you'll also find recipes for scones, Welsh cakes, donuts, banana bread and a no-bake treat called Chocolate Tiffin. Little Cakes are quick and easy-to-make treats like Lamingtons, brownies, Rock Buns (this is the same as the Rock Cakes that Hagrid bakes in the Harry Potter series) and Devonshire splits.

You'll find Posh cakes quite similar to what Americans think of as "cake".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty Traditional Treats 17 Jun 2013
By shera
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My daughter has her own cake business and some of the recipes in here have fired her imagination for some new ideas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Recipe Book 8 Jan 2013
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I bought this as a present for my son who loves baking cakes. He was really pleased with it as it contains a wide variety of recipes. Am looking forward to trying some of the results next time he visits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best cake book ever 27 Nov 2012
By Chris
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Lovely book, borrowed it from the library and just had to buy it, love the pictures and would bake 95% of the recipes. Thanks Jane you have done it again
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Well what can I say, I myself being a big fan of tea and cake and pretty things with a vintage feel, I love this book!!
I know I will bake a lot of these cakes and the vintage table settings, cake stand, teacups, table cloths, all of it really I find a joy to look at and find them an inspiration also. Money well spent, a book I will treasure for a long time to come. Can Jane Brocket do no wrong?
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3.0 out of 5 stars cups and sticks.
A nice book however this book is for the American market and the quantities of ingredients are in American cups not imperial and there is no page of equivalents for the UK, this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Baking Book
This book offered exactly what I was looking for, a compilation of classic cake recipes that are easy to follow and are sure to deliver delicious results. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ines
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book
having seen this book in a gift shop [in a stately home]. I fell in love with it , but not the price! got home and immediately looked it up on amazon. then it became a must have. Read more
Published 5 months ago by susie q
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Cakes
Great book - exactly what was required and the recipes work [so far] although times must be adjusted somewhat for an AGA
Published 8 months ago by Christopher R. Lamb
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage cakes
Nice book, again bought for inspiration for a fundraising event. Tweaked a couple of the recipes and ended up with a fabulous cake.
Published 9 months ago by MRS JL CLEARY
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely but not that original for a seasoned baker.
All the reviews about the pretty pictures etc. are absolutely right and this will make a great gift. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Margo
5.0 out of 5 stars vintage cakes
lovely book good illistrations well presented recipes well laid out demos good and the whole book was good i would recommand this book
Published 12 months ago by Wendy Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent gift
Bought it as a christmas gift, but I'll certainly be borrowing it to copy down some of the delicious looking recipes!
Published 15 months ago by Frankie
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
A thoroughly researched book that yields fantastic results. There are so many recipes in here that I have not seen in other cake books and the 5 or 6 I've made so far have all... Read more
Published 17 months ago by JoC
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