Crazy About Cakes

Crazy About Cakes

More Than 150 Delectable Recipes for Every Occasion

Book - 2011
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Alternative Title: Cakes
Publisher: New York, NY : Sterling, c2011.
ISBN: 9781402769146
1402769148
Branch Call Number: 641.8653
Characteristics: xiii, 370 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.

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VaughanPLAlex 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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