Crazy About Cakes

Crazy About Cakes

More Than 150 Delectable Recipes for Every Occasion

Book - 2011
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First cupcakes, then cookies. Now, here comes the ultimate cake book--and home bakers will go CRAZY over it!
This latest addition to Sterling's Crazy About series gives cake lovers a trove of fun, fresh cake designs and more than 150 delicious, easy-to-make recipes. Krystyna Castella has devised something special for every occasion under the sun, from birthdays and brunches to holidays and weddings. There are even cakes for babies, chocolate addicts, fruit lovers, and ice cream aficionados.
Creative tips on preparing, decorating, topping, filling, storing, packaging, gifting, shipping, and serving perfectly delectable cakes round out this must-have book.   CAKES INCLUDE:
Banana Agave  *  Chocolate Chip Sour Cream  *  Strawberry Rhubarb Jam  *  Almond Spice  * American Buttermilk*  Rainbow Sweet 16 Cake  *  Chocolate Covered Cheesecake  *  Miniature Tiered Wedding Cakes  *  and many more!
Publisher: New York : Sterling Pub., c2011.
ISBN: 9781402769146
Characteristics: xiii, 370 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 cm.
xiii, 370 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 cm.


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VaughanPLAlexK Dec 20, 2016

Want to make a cake? Check this book out and take your pick! A great guide to all things cake, and the pictures help as well!

ksoles Feb 11, 2014

3.5 stars...

I picked this book up at the library on a whim and had no great expectations for inspiration when I opened its cover. But, largely, "Crazy About Cakes" proved a pleasant surprise; it features cake recipes ranging from the classic to the unusual and provides interesting and charming decorating ideas.

Castella begins with a thorough introduction about equipment, decoration, ingredients, techniques and serving before launching into her recipes. Certainly, she leaves no one out as she includes cakes for adults, children and even pets! She begins with everyday cakes (pound cake, white cake, devil's food cake) and gradually presents more complex projects like rainbow layer cake, a variety of wedding cakes and even a 4-tiered Quinceanera cake! She further diverges from the beaten track with her vegetable cakes: mac and cheese cupcakes and bbq pound cake to name a couple.

The book would definitely benefit from more photographs, especially from illustrations or diagrams enhancing her decorating instructions. Castella writes about how to make leaves with a pastry bag, for example, but neither a picture of the finished product nor one of the described technique accompanies these instructions. Beginner decorators may thus find themselves at a loss in this department.

Overall, a fun and unique book for the relatively experienced home baker.

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