Tuesday, May 6, 2014

FINE COOKING CAKES & CUPCAKES by Editors of Fine Cooking

I am going to get straight to the point right now. This cookbook should be called: ‘STRAIGHT, NO CHASER’ due to the fact it starts upfront with recipes.Yes, that is correct. There are no introductions, no recommended tools or equipment, no pantry lists or must-haves. My kind of cookbook, indeed.

I would like to think that I am a decent cook. On the other hand, I am not the most fantastic baker in the world. After reading this cookbook, I am certain that I would have no trouble in preparing any of these recipes.

The chapters are appropriately named for each section. All the chapters and recipe titles are in small caps (love it!). I am going to share with you a few of my favorites from each section:

‘snacking cakes’ - pumpkin and cornmeal cake with orange syrup,

‘layer cakes, cupcakes & other party cakes’ – triple-lemon layer cake

‘cool & creamy cakes’ – coffee and cream icebox cake

‘fruit cakes’ – individual dried apricot and cranberry upside-down cakes

‘showstoppers & special occasion cakes’–chocolate-espresso mousse tarte

Other recipes include such classics as butter pound cake, german chocolate cake, cheese crumb cake, strawberry shortcake. This is a superb baking cookbook that should be added to all kitchen bookshelves. In addition, this would be a great gifting opportunity for the baker in your life.

I received this book free from Taunton Press through the Net Galley Reviewer Program for an honest and unbiased review.

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