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Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories
     

Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories

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by Jocelyn Delk Adams
 

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Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories is the debut cookbook from sensational food writer, Jocelyn Delk Adams. Since founding her popular recipe blog Grandbaby Cakes in 2012, Adams has been putting fresh twists on old favorites. Adams has earned praise from critics and the adoration of bakers both young and old for her

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Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories is the debut cookbook from sensational food writer, Jocelyn Delk Adams. Since founding her popular recipe blog Grandbaby Cakes in 2012, Adams has been putting fresh twists on old favorites. Adams has earned praise from critics and the adoration of bakers both young and old for her easygoing advice, rich photography, and the heartwarming memories she shares of her family’s generations-old love of baking.

As a child, Adams and her family would routinely embark on the ten-hour journey from their home in Chicago to Winona, Mississippi. There, she would watch her grandmother, affectionately nicknamed Big Mama, bake and develop delicious, melt-in-your-mouth desserts. From blooming tree-picked fruit to farm-raised eggs and fresh-churned butter, Big Mama used what was readily available to invent completely original treats. Adams treasured the moments when her mother, aunt, and Big Mama would bring her into the kitchen to let her dabble in the process as a rite of passage. Big Mama’s recipes became the fabric of their family heritage. Grandbaby Cakes is Adams’s love note to her family, thanking those who came before and passing on this touching tradition with 50 brilliant cakes.

Grandbaby Cakes pairs charming stories of Big Mama’s kitchen with recipes ranging from classic standbys to exciting adventures—helpfully marked by degree of difficulty—that will inspire your own family for years to come. Adams creates sophisticated flavor combinations based on Big Mama’s gorgeous centerpiece cakes, giving each recipe something familiar mixed with something new. From pound cakes and layer cakes to sheet cakes and "baby" cakes (cupcakes and cakelettes), Grandbaby Cakes delivers fun, hip recipes perfect for any celebration.

Readers will love this cookbook for its eclectic and bold recipes steeped in equal parts warm Southern charm and fresh Midwestern flavors. Not only will home bakers be able to make staples like yellow cake and icebox cake exactly how their grandmothers did, but they’ll also be preparing impressive innovations, like the Pineapple Upside-Down Hummingbird Pound Cake and the Fig-Brown Sugar Cake. Grandbaby Cakes is a collection for both new-aged and traditional bakers, but mostly it’s for anyone who wants a fresh, modern take on classic recipes as well as cakes full of heart and soul.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Praise for Jocelyn Delk Adams, her blog, and Grandbaby Cakes:

"If this glorious book doesn’t make you want to drop everything you’re doing and go bake a cake right now, then I don’t know what will. Jocelyn’s spectacular cake creations are positively bursting with beauty, color, flavor, and fun. Make no mistake about it: this book will ignite the baking passion within you!" —Ree Drummond, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks

"Baker extraordinaire. . . a sweet celebration of the season." —Better Homes & Gardens

"[Adams] offers up her greatest hits alongside sweet stories of her family's generations-old baking traditions." —People.com

"There is a heritage of love and tradition steeped in her recipes. . . . A trip down memory lane that ends with delicious treats on your table." —Carla Hall, author of Cooking with Love: Comfort Food that Hugs You and Carla's Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World

"Dessert is in Jocelyn Delk Adams’s DNA. . . . [a] natural baker." —Rachel Tepper, Yahoo! Food, Cookbook of the Week

"Jocelyn’s heart and soul shine bright on every page and will inspire you to gather with family and friends as much as possible." —Cheryl and Griffith Day, authors of Back in the Day Bakery Made with Love

"We’ve been patiently awaiting [Grandbaby Cakes] as we do in front of the oven door when the cake timer is about to go off. Just look at this leaning tower of Oreo-topped triple-layer mudslide cake! Mudsliding its way into our hearts, that is." —Vanity Fair

"A nifty collection of pound cakes, cupcakes, layered cakes and other sweet treats—original creations and spins on traditional family recipes." —Chicago Tribune

"Jocelyn Delk Adams takes cake recipes she learned from her grandmother and other relatives and carefully ushers them into the 21st century. . . . It's very sweet, literally and figuratively." —Epicurious

"[Grandbaby Cakes] is full of the one main ingredient that I think is crucial to any great baking: family. . . . you feel welcomed into [Adams’s] home and life in a way that not all cookbooks achieve." —Grace Bonney, Design*Sponge

"Jocelyn brings such an amazing creativity and heart to the recipes. . . She’s the best kind of baker—inventive yet careful and thorough." —Kate Rogers, Senior Editor, Pillsbury

"A wonderful celebration of family and tradition through cake." —Angie Dudley, author of Cake Pops

"Grandbaby Cakes sets a new precedent in cookbooks. Not only does Jocelyn give you stunning cake recipes with flair and creative flavor, she also feeds your soul with her unconditional love for family." —Amanda Rettke, author of Surprise-Inside Cakes

"Every creation has charm and decorative appeal, and Adams shows how to create decadent pound cakes, eye-catching ombre frosting and a perfectly marbled sheet cake." —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Beautifully curated with recipes, photos and stories to really draw readers in." —Cuisine Noir

"Beautiful cookbooks fill our shelves, but to find one that’s stunningly photographed and imbued with as much soul as food blogger Jocelyn Delk Adams’s Grandbaby Cakes is a wonderful treat." —Tastebook blog

"A must-have for any baker. Jocelyn expertly captures time-honored recipes." —Virginia Willis, chef and author of Bon Appétit Y’all

"As you read through her cookbook, the stories of her family, and their traditions will make you feel as if you know these bakers, are in the kitchen with them, are part of the family." —Chocolate, Chocolate, and More

"[Jocelyn] is smart, sassy, hilarious, thoughtful, kind, and talented beyond words." —i am baker

"Jocelyn has gone on to create mouth-watering desserts that are easy to accomplish, but still look impressive. This cookbook will inspire readers with bold, eclectic recipes steeped in equal parts warm Southern charm and fresh Midwestern flavors." —Honest Cooking

"Rarely do I find a cookbook that I can say with confidence that I will bake from time and time again. This one fits the bill." —Cookies and Cups

"Filled with delicious cakes, beautiful photography, and sweet memories." —Taste of the South

"Charming—and gorgeous . . . eye-catching photographs, delightful family stories, evocative prose and easy-to-follow recipes. . . " —Make It Better

"I was relieved to find the book was full of cake recipes that were friendly to people of all levels. That includes beginners like me." —Real Food by Dad

"It is so much more than a cookbook and ideal for people like me who love to leaf through the pages of their favorite cookbooks again and again. . . . There are also plenty of unique and original recipes for the experienced baker." —Spicy Southern Kitchen

"This is one cookbook you need in your kitchen." —blahnik baker

Library Journal
★ 10/15/2015
In the vein of Julie Richardson's Vintage Cakes and Linda Hinton Brown and Norrinda Brown Hayat's The Brown Betty Cookbook comes a new collection of nostalgic desserts inspired by treasured family recipes. Adams, creator of food blog Grandbaby Cakes (grandbaby-cakes.com), inherited a passion for cakes and baking from Big Mama, her grandmother. Her debut cookbook comprises 50 cakes of all kinds (e.g., pound cakes, layer cakes, sheet cakes, cupcakes, ice cream cakes), but it's her inventive reinterpretations of Southern classics, such as pineapple upside-down hummingbird pound cake and 'nana pudding tiramisu cake, that truly shine. Family memories and photographs accompany the recipes, which are ranked from easy ("Grandbaby Cakes") to hard ("Big Mama Cakes"). VERDICT Adams's cake recipes are familiar yet unlike any you'll find in similar cookbooks. An instant classic, this title belongs in most baking collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572841734
Publisher:
Agate
Publication date:
09/01/2015
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
56,083
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author


Jocelyn Delk Adams is the founder of Grandbaby Cakes, a food blog inspired by her grandmother and devoted to classic desserts, modern trends, and showcasing the pastry field in an accessible way. Grandbaby Cakes has been featured by Better Homes and Gardens, Ebony, The New York Times, People, Food52, The Kitchn, the Chicago Sun-Times, and more. She is also the founder of "A Charitable Confection," an annual anti-violence dessert fundraiser featuring the top bakeries in Chicago. She hopes Grandbaby Cakes will inspire a new generation of dessert enthusiasts to learn to bake and not feel guilty about enjoying dessert.

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Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MaryAnnDwyer More than 1 year ago
I pre-ordered this cookbook and just received it in the mail. After spending hours the first day I got it and several hours every day since, I can honestly say this is my favorite cookbook in my collection! The recipes, the photography, the wonderful family photos and stories just make this book so special! The entire design is extremely well done down to the smallest details. This book is a must buy! A wonderful addition to any collection!
SandrasBookNook More than 1 year ago
Soooooo, I think I gained five pounds just reading this book!! This is definitely a book for people with a serious sweet tooth, but I love that it also includes healthy-ish options such as Zucchini Cupcakes with Lemon-Cinnamon Buttercream or a Lighter Lemon Pound Cake. Let's just be honest, I love nearly any dessert with lemon! There are so many great options in this book! What kid wouldn't be delighted with Rainbow Sherbert Cupcakes for their next birthday? How about a 'Nana Pudding Tiramisu Cake for that Southerner with Italian roots? You can't go wrong with a classic like Mama's 7UP Pound Cake! Whatever kind of cake you're looking for, you stand a great chance of finding it here along with some you may never have heard of. Give this book a shot. It's worth it! I received a copy of this book from Agate Publishing for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
phantomdiva More than 1 year ago