Vintage Cakes, by Julie Richardson came out in August and I went to her book signing and cake tasting event where she made about 11 cakes from the book. I sampled almost all of them. They were amazing. It was over 90 degrees that day and I didn't feel too good later, but it was for research and I'm glad I did it. I bought my copy and had her sign it and then gushed for probably way too long about Rustic Fruit Desserts.
Julie co-wrote Rustic Fruit Desserts a few years ago and it is a book dear to me. She happens to craft the exact type of desserts I love. I think I have made almost all of the desserts in Rustic Fruit Desserts so when I saw she had a new cake book coming out, I was excited, but also nervous. How could it live up to my dear Rustic Fruit Desserts book?
After the tasting I had no worries, just crazy baking excitement. The recipes are so good. There are so many kinds, both rustic and homey, and fancy and special—for this book she mines historical/vintage cakes and provides a back story on their origins, which is really interesting. And fun! These cakes are fun to make.
I have made 4 cakes from it so far, each deserve their own post. My friends and loved ones who have eaten these cakes all have given me the "oh-my-god-what-is-in-my-mouth" reaction. They are very good. This one I just made for a brunch, the Ozark Pudding Cake, which has pears, almonds, and dried cranberries. Heaven. Here's a great interview with her and at the bottom a link to the table of contents and quite a few complete recipes (provided by the publisher) with the pretty cake photos.