Each of the more than 50 recipes in "Vintage Cakes" is a confectionary stroll down memory lane. After sifting through her treasure trove of cookbooks and recipe cards, master baker and author Julie Richardson selected the most inventive, surprising, and just plain delicious cakes she could find. The result is a delightful and delectable time capsule of American baking, with recipes spanning a century. Each cake has been expertly tested and retooled using the best ingredients and most up-to-date techniques. With precise and careful guidance, Richardson guides home bakers--whether total beginners or seasoned cooks--toward picture-perfect meringues, extra-creamy frostings, and lighter-than-air chiffons.