Cakes are an icon of American culture and a window to understanding ourselves. They relate to our lives, heritage, and our hometowns. Why cake? And what role does cake baking play in American history? These are questions I have wondered all my life as cake has been a passion, obsession, and occupation.
In my new book project, American Cake, I share the history of American cake, researching the real stories behind iconic cakes and lesser known but important cakes, from Colonial times to the present. I hope American Cake lets us look into the world from which we came and the one we inhabit today. It is a diverse, delicious, and fascinating story with 115 recipes and photos.