I am now deeply regretting that I was not familiar with Jocelyn Delk Adams’ blog, Grandbaby Cakes. It’s an incredibly indulgent cake about the recipes handed down from her grandmother. While my grandmother is from Western North Carolina rather than Mississippi, it’s definitely reminiscent of the cake recipes which have been passed down from my great-grandmother. Jocelyn’s gift is that she manages to put a modern spin on these classic recipes. She has chosen, in her first cookbook, Grandbaby Cakes, to focus solely on cakes. I also appreciated that she had a clear marking system for the cakes – so whether a novice or more experienced baker, it’s clear which recipes to attempt.
What I particularly liked about this cookbook is the focus on pound cakes and coffee cakes. Too often in the cookbooks I read, there’s a focus on very fancy, formal dessert cakes: I’m always on the lookout for cakes which would be appropriately served with coffee for a breakfast meeting. This book is full of several recipes which would be an appropriate level of sweet, as well as iced, sugary masterpiece for evenings and special occasions.
I think it’s also worth mentioning how the popular, mainstream blog world can sometimes seem a bit whitewashed. It’s great that Delk Adams is making sure that all baking traditions are preserved and appreciated – this a cookbook for anyone who enjoys classic Southern recipes with a modern twist.
Cinnamon Roll Pound Cake (adapted from Grandbaby Cakes)
340g unsalted butter
500g granulated sugar
6 large eggs
300g cake flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
235 ml sour cream
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
75g unsalted butter
130g light brown sugar
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
I received a copy to review from Agate Publishing, but all opinions are my own!