Little Cakes From the Whimsical BakehouseBook - 2008
The mania for miniature sweets is gaining momentum--maybe due to happy memories of the magical tea parties of our childhood, or the intimacy of having our own tiny treat in a supersized world, with no need to share! The mother-daughter team at the Riviera Bakehouse in Westchester, New York, and authors ofThe Whimsical BakehouseandChristmas Cookies from the Whimsical Bakehousenow present an abundance of fabulous new recipes for little decorated cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes, and more--all in fresh flavor combinations, like caramel cake with dulce de leche buttercream or spicy chocolate cake with cinnamon-chocolate whipped cream. This comprehensive introduction to baking in miniature also provides tips on glazing, icing, and making chocolate decorations and offers details on the equipment you need to get started (including a cake pan chart, so that you can use those mini rose pans, heart pans, and other fun shapes to bake unique creations). The authors are famous for their over-the-top decorations, and they'll take you step-by-step through the process of creating cakes piped and appliquéd with bumblebees (white chocolate wings and nonpareil stripes make them irresistible!), blooming roses (or, if you prefer, delicate hydrangeas with lifelike shaded petals), wild meringues (dressed with tiger stripes, zebra stripes, or leopard spots), and spiky dragons (right down to the serpentine tail). The recipes inLittle Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouseare categorized into three levels: one star for easy, two for intermediate, and three for challenging. So whether you want to start with a charming, super-easy star-shaped mini strawberry shortcake or strive for A Day at the Beach pail-shaped cake, complete with cookie-crumb sand, chocolate shovel, and edible seashells, you'll find a cool confection that fits your skills. If you're not ready for complicated decorating, this book also provides easy presentation ideas to make simple cakes look grander, ensuring the perfect finish to any occasion. Little cakes are as fun to make as they are delicious to eat! After all, who'd turn down a bit--and a bite--of joy in their lives?
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2008
Branch Call Number: 641.8653 HAN
Characteristics: 176 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm