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Stack Cake from Vintage Cakes Cookbook

Vintage Cakes Cookbook

Flipping through Julie Richardson’s new cookbook, Vintage Cakes, brings me back to my grandmother’s flour-dusted, sweet-smelling kitchen. Grandma made a cake from scratch for every birthday, and their moist layers and buttercream never disappointed — even when I turned seven and all I wanted was the Little Mermaid cake I spotted at the grocery store.

Like Grandma’s, Julie’s cakes steer clear of fancy pastry chef tricks in favor of classic American combinations. A bakery owner and collector of vintage cookbooks and recipe cards, she folds in interesting tidbits of history. Who knew that the Stack Cake, pictured above, was once a traditional wedding cake for settlers in southern Appalachia? Julie notes that wedding guests would each bring a layer for the bride’s family to assemble. Though timeless, the recipes in Vintage Cakes are all updated for today’s home baker, so go ahead and break out that stand mixer.

For your next occasion, skip the bakery and try out a recipe from Vintage Cakes:

Goober Cake from Vintage Cakes

Want more? We’re giving away one copy of Vintage Cakes: Timeless Recipes for Cupcakes, Flips, Rolls, Layer, Angel, Bundt, Chiffon, and Icebox Cakes for Today’s Sweet Tooth  to one lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us your favorite cake flavor.

So, tell us, what’s your favorite kind of cake?

You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate back with you if you’re the winner. (But do not post your email address into the actual body of the comment.) We’re giving one copy away to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 4:00 p.m. ET on August 24 and 5:00 p.m. ET on August 29. Subject to full Official Rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $24. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a/ Cooking Channel, 75 9th Ave., New York, NY 10011.


Comments (1603)

  1. Shelly posted 08/28/2012

    Reeeeed Velvet!

  2. Nancy in Baltimore posted 08/28/2012

    I love Red Velvet Cake as a cake, cupcake or cake lollipop!

  3. Jessica posted 08/28/2012

    I love banana cake with white chocolate cream cheese frosting!!

  4. wendy posted 08/28/2012

    upside down pineapple cake served hot with some whipped cream on the side

  5. Deborah posted 08/29/2012

    My favorite cake is Rainbow Cake! Reminds me of visiting family in New York as a kid. I need to learn how to make it!

  6. Starfuryzeta posted 08/29/2012

    My favorite is my wife's Black Forest Cake.

  7. J Psikal posted 08/29/2012

    Carrot cake has to be my all time favorite. After that it would probably be German chocolate.

  8. Natasha posted 08/29/2012

    German Chocolate Cake has always been my father's favorite and was homemade each year for his birthday while I was growing up. I think the care that was taken every year in making his favorite cake and then getting to share a piece with him each night while it lasted was a special and memorable moment of my childhood and has left me obsessed with German Chocolate Cake as well… although my favorite recipe is a slightly more boozy version with an amazing dark rum chocolate sauce applied as a base coat between the layers.

  9. C. K. posted 08/29/2012

    Carrot Cake is my favorite!

  10. Payton posted 08/29/2012

    My favorite is my grandmother's Italian wedding cake. It is the definition of perfection and happiness-a moist 3-layered beauty to top any cake I've ever had.

  11. Suzanne Walker posted 08/29/2012

    My favorite cake was a buttercake my great grandmother used to make. It was thin and gooey and sinfully good! I've never had a cake like that since and there was no recipe handed down. I would love to have that cake again!

  12. Annie Ding posted 08/29/2012

    My favorite cake is the Pandan Chiffon Cake. This cake is so fragrant and light. Instead of cream, it calls for coconut milk which makes it even healthier. This cake is vintage, I had it when I was a little girl (I am now 50+) when my sister baked one for the family. It is out of this world ! Check out the recipe on my blogsite:

  13. SpecialKs posted 08/29/2012

    My favorite is a combo of banana bread and chocolate with a 3 layer chocolate-chip banana cake with two caramel nut fillings, and topped with a rich dark chocolate ganache.

  14. jim posted 08/29/2012

    chocolate cake with whipped cream frosting!!!!

  15. Michelle Dedrick posted 08/29/2012

    This question takes me back to my early childhood when I used to spend many summer days at my grandmother's house in Manville, NJ. She was mostly Hungarian and used to love cooking with fresh ingredients from the garden. Her neighbor across the street, Chet, a single loaner type guy with a shaggy dog named Shilo, nicknamed the bum, (long story) used to grow lots of veggies and had plenty to give away for the whole block. My gram grew herbs…which I always tried hard not to pull when I was weeding for her. So, the cake I remember loving was zucchini cake! She made it with both cream cheese frosting or with just a sprinkle of powder sugar. YUM!

  16. vicki posted 08/29/2012

    i love yellow cake with chocolate butter cream icing

  17. carol whelpley posted 08/29/2012

    I love a fluffy vanilla bean yellow cake topped with whipped coconut frosting with lightly toasted coconut sprinkled over the side.

  18. Kathleen posted 08/29/2012

    On my dad's days off from the police force, sometimes he'd bake. I still remember (45 years later) one time when he made an orange chiffon cake with orange chiffon buttercream from scratch. Delicious!

  19. Janelle King posted 08/29/2012

    Red Velvet!

  20. Bethany posted 08/29/2012

    Ina Garten's coconut cake is my favorite.

  21. Lynn Godfrey posted 08/29/2012

    My all time favorite is chocolate cake.

  22. Ericaohio posted 08/29/2012

    Strawberry buttermilk

  23. krystal posted 08/29/2012

    I Love Choclate Stout cake, what's better than choclate, coffee, and beer.

  24. Lori Rodefer posted 08/29/2012

    Old fashioned German chocolate cake is probably my favorite. I could eat the icing right out of the pan and skip making the cake!

  25. Kate posted 08/29/2012

    milk sponge with lemon curd :)

  26. Mary-Ann Jones posted 08/29/2012

    The standard birthday cake growing up in our family was a vanilla cake made in a rectangular shape pan – sliced and layered with yellow cream and canned peaches – covered with a "French" frosting. It was always white and I believe it was a cooked frosting. It was moist and delicious. Nothing fancy but we all loved it and looked forward to the next one.

  27. Ruby Allen posted 08/29/2012

    My favorite cake was my grandmothers brown sugar cake with carmal frosting thank you

  28. Manna posted 08/29/2012

    My favorite cake flavor is yellow cake with chocolate frosting :-)

  29. Tika posted 08/29/2012

    My favorite cake is called Italian Cream Cake. The cake has coconut and pecans, it's frosted with traditional cream cheese frosting. Yum

  30. Ralph posted 08/29/2012

    My grandmother used to make what she called a Japanesse Fruitcake every Christmas…it was a white cake with a lemon coconut filling and icing…it had pecans and raisins in the icing as well…I've tried to make it several times, but it never tastes quite as good as hers…

  31. Jamie posted 08/30/2012

    Strawberry short cake w/ cream cheese frosting!!!!!!

  32. Claire posted 08/30/2012

    Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Yummm.

  33. Heather posted 08/31/2012

    My favorite cake is Almond Poppy Seed. My mom used to make it all the time when I was growing up.

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