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Vintage Cakes: Tremendously Good Cakes for Sharing and Giving Hardcover – 1 Sep 2012
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'It's a visual and practical feast.'(The Lady)
'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)
'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)
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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.
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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The recipes are fantastic and the photos are superb.
Even when I am not baking, I love just browsing in this book.Read more