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Wedding Cakes You Can Make: Designing, Baking, and Decorating the Perfect Wedding Cake

076455719X


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Book Description
Make the cake?

Yes, you can.

If you love to bake and are willing to plan ahead, you can make a spectacular wedding cake—and you don't have to be a pastry chef to do it! Let prominent wedding cake expert Dede Wilson guide you through every layer of the process—from choosing among flavors and styles to baking, assembling, and decorating your way to a beautiful and delicious cake. This accessible cookbook not only gets you ready for the big event, it helps you lend a truly personal touch to the celebration.

"If you want to make your own wedding cake, Dede Wilson is the perfect guide. She helps you bake with confidence every step of the way to a delicious personalized result." —Donna Ferrari, BRIDE'S magazine

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Cake Mix Doctor
Anne Byrn
0761117199
January 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Cake mixes are undoubtedly convenient, but do they produce good cakes? They can, says Anne Byrn, author of The Cake Mix Doctor, if you know how to tweak them. Doing this involves the addition of ingredients to enrich the mixes and flavorings to enhance and, in some cases, conceal questionable tastes. To prove her point, Byrn offers more than 175 recipes for mix-based cakes and other desserts, including formulas for frostings that, Byrn maintains, must be made from scratch. The results are convincing; readers interested in satisfying, dependable desserts prepared quickly and with little fuss should welcome the book.

Beginning with a useful discussion of cake mixes, their history and composition, and an outline of the mix-transformation battle plan, the book then presents the recipes in chapters such as "Chocolate...



I Love You Like Crazy Cakes

0316525383


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Book Review
Mother-love is profound, however a baby comes into a woman's life. For Rose Lewis, the journey to motherhood begins with a letter to Chinese officials, asking if she can adopt from the "big room with lots of other babies." The infants in that room in China are each missing a mother, but Lewis is missing something, too--a baby. She travels to China to meet her new little girl and falls head over heels in love. Taking her baby home to America, Lewis introduces her to all her family and friends, and they begin their life together.

A touching love story, I Love You Like Crazy Cakes will warm the cockles of any new parent's heart, especially those who have recently adopted a child. It's an ideal story for lap-time reading, and will inspire parents and kids to talk about their own first "meetings," whether at birth...



The Bake Shop Ghost
Jacqueline K. Ogburn
0618445579
July 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3–The best cakes in town are made by Miss Cora Lee Merriweather, and when she dies, her ghost comes back to haunt the bake shop and harass any new owners until they leave. Years later, the establishment is bought by Annie Washington, the best baker ever to have worked on the Sea Star cruise ships. The ghost tries to scare this young woman into leaving as well, but to no avail. When Annie asks what she can do to be able to work in peace, Cora Lee asks for a cake so rich and so sweet, it will fill me up and bring tears to my eyes. A cake like one…no one ever made for me. Annie bakes one good cake after another but doesn't discover the right one until she does some research at the library. Finally, Annie produces a birthday cake, and her present to Cora Lee is to call the shop...


The Cake Bible
Rose Levy Beranbaum
0688044026
September 1988
Hardcover
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Book Review
Rose Levy Beranbaum is a kitchen chemist extraordinaire--this, after all, is the woman who wrote her master's thesis on the effects of sifting on the quality of yellow cake. In The Cake Bible, she explains the science behind types of leavening, the merits (or not) of sifting, melting chocolate, preheating ovens, and more. There are precise and detailed instructions for intricate wedding cakes as well as cakes that can be mixed and in the oven in five minutes. In addition, nutrition information is included with every recipe. Cake scientist Beranbaum doesn't forget the art, either; pencil drawings teach novice bakers how to create a garden full of flowers from royal icing and mushrooms from piped meringue. It's no wonder that the International Association of Culinary Professionals picked The Cake Bible...


SPECTACULAR CAKES : Special Occasion Cakes for any Celebration

0789313618


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Book Description
Mich Turner, whose critically acclaimed catering business designed wedding cakes for Madonna, Pierce Brosnan, Paul McCartney, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, has created a step-by-step guide to creating spectacular special occasion cakes that delight the senses and are exceptionally impressive.
There is no better guide to the art of cake decoration than Mich Turner, who outlines her basic philosophy that a special occasion cake should reflect four key variables-the personalities in attendance, the venue, the time of year, and the number of guests. This authoritative primer demonstrates how to design and decorate the perfect cake and guides the reader through the many layers of decision-making necessary to achieve crowd-stopping results. The one common denominator of every one of Mich Turner's designs is that it is...


101 Things to Do with a Cake Mix
Stephanie Dircks Ashcraft
1586852175
August 2002
Other Format
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Review
First for Women : "For those times you need to fix something fast "from scratch," turn to 101 Things to Do With a Cake Mix by Stephanie Ashcraft (Gibbs Smith, 2002). From Hawaiian Pineapple to luscious Lemonade Cake, the recipes are foolproof ways of faking homemade by using cake mix and on-hand ingredients.

First for Women magazine, February 2003
The recipes are foolproof ways of faking homemade by using cake mix and on-hand ingredients.

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Thunder Cake
Patricia Polacco
0698115813
Aug 1997
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In Thunder Cake , a grandmother helps her granddaughter overcome her fear of thunder by baking a special cake while a storm threatens. Although the book's concept is good, it does not fulfill its promise. The story is poorly paced: the storm approaches rapidly, but does not break for several pages as Polacco crams in details, including a lengthy pause while the cake bakes. The illustrations are less than appealing: both characters' faces are chalky white, draining them of life. Many of the barnyard animals are drawn out of proportion--Grandmother is almost the same size as a cow she milks, geese are as tall as people. Considering how many children are afraid of thunder, it is a shame Thunder Cake is not a stronger effort. Ages 4-8. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the...


Chocolate from the Cake Mix Doctor: From Cake Mix to Cake Magnificent
Anne Byrn
0761122710
October 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
Ann Byrn is on to something. Her first book, The Cake Mix Doctor, showed readers how to tweak store-bought cake mixes to produce "like-homemade" treats. The sequel, Chocolate from the Cake Mix Doctor repeats Byrn's foolproof approach, focusing solely on chocolate. The strategy? Begin with commercial mixes like chocolate cake, devil's food, and chocolate brownie; alter them with ingredients that add flavor, such as cocoa powder, or richness and moistness, like sour cream; use homemade frostings (supermarket versions won't cut it); and you're in business. "My mission," says Byrn, "is to help busy cooks find the time to bake even when company is not coming." If her sweets lack true homemade quality, they nonetheless produce entirely creditable desserts most bakers, and those they feed, will applaud.

Beginning with a...



A Piece of Cake : A Memoir
Cupcake Brown
1400052289
February 28, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Cupcake Brown (that's her real name) was 11 in 1976 when her mother died. Custody of Brown and her brother was given to a stranger—their birth father—who only wanted their social security checks. He then left them with an abusive foster mother who encouraged her nephew to rape Brown repeatedly. Brown got better and better at running away. A prostitute taught her to drink, smoke marijuana and charge for sex. Her next foster father traded her LSD and cocaine for oral sex. Eventually she went to live with a great-aunt in South Central L.A., where she joined a gang. Almost 16, having barely survived a shooting, she decided to quit gangbanging. Drugs were her new best friends. A boyfriend taught her to freebase, but then there was crack, which was easier. Before long she was a...


Cupcakes from the Cake Mix Doctor
Anne Byrn
0761135480
April 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
From chocolate ganache to toppings with panache, this latest addition to the Cake Mix Doctor canon offers creative ideas and 135 recipes for tiny, delicious cakes. The detailed table of contents and alluring cupcake likenesses in the opening assemblage of photos will have readers salivating. The Cupcakes with Class chapter offers tasty elegance, from Cappuccino Chip to Harvey Wallbanger (which contains vodka and liqueur). Kids' cupcakes range from Cotton Candy to Caterpillar, and priorities delightfully in place, Byrn provides party-planning suggestions for favors and activities that complement the cupcakes. Helpful hints abound via "The Cupcake Doctor Says" tidbits, which appear throughout the book, and mini-essays that ponder questions such as "What's a Muffin? What's a Cupcake?" The Muffins: Breakfast Cupcakes...


Cakes to Dream On: A Master Class in Decorating
Colette Peters
0471214620
October 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Colette peters, the celebrated queen of the confectionary arts, unveils an inspiring resource for serious home bakers, professional chefs, and aficionados of Colette's incredible edible architecture. The ingenious cake decorator - whose miraculous and luscious concoctions have appeared everywhere from White House Christmases to royal weddings - presents a master class in cake design and decoration, alongside an all-new selection of her own cake designs. With Cakes to Dream On, Colette's inspired creations can now be rendered into show-stopping cakes of your own.

Cakes to Dream On reveals the secrets to fashioning gorgeous and utterly distinctive cakes for all occasions - whether it's an opulent marriage reception (the majestic Ivory Wedding Cake) or a fanciful children's party (the whimsical...



I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
Rose Lewis
0316525766
Jan 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
Mother-love is profound, however a baby comes into a woman's life. For Rose Lewis, the journey to motherhood begins with a letter to Chinese officials, asking if she can adopt from the "big room with lots of other babies." The infants in that room in China are each missing a mother, but Lewis is missing something, too--a baby. She travels to China to meet her new little girl and falls head over heels in love. Taking her baby home to America, Lewis introduces her to all her family and friends, and they begin their life together.

A touching love story, I Love You Like Crazy Cakes will warm the cockles of any new parent's heart, especially those who have recently adopted a child. It's an ideal story for lap-time reading, and will inspire parents and kids to talk about their own first "meetings," whether at birth...



Baking and Pastry : Mastering the Art and Craft
Culinary Institute of America (Editor)
0471443824
April 1, 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Having attained a sort of unofficial status as the final arbiter in American cooking, the Culinary Institute of America (that other CIA) brings the proper authority to this encyclopedic work. Surely no single chef or restaurant team would be trusted to cover such a range of subjects, from yeast doughs, quick breads, pies and cookies to confections, decorations and wedding cakes. Unfortunately, this comprehensiveness is matched by a sense of style befitting an encyclopedia, or, perhaps more accurately, a textbook. Sections in the introduction on "dressing for safety" and "managing human resources" make it clear that the CIA (and Wiley) intend to sell more than a few copies to students and working chefs. The home cook who skips right to the recipes will sooner or later be frustrated by the professional quantities...


Pat-A-Cake and Other First Baby Games
Random House
0375815570
May 2002
Hardcover
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Book Review
As they approach their second birthday, many children begin to enjoy playing classic baby games such as This Little Piggy, Pat-a-Cake, and Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. And who better to teach these rhymes and games than the Sesame Street gang? Throughout this big square board book, baby Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, and Big Bird help toddlers learn the hand gestures and words to a dozen familiar games. Parents or teachers can guide their charges, using the smaller print under each verse. ("Gently clap baby's hands together. Roll baby's hands, pat them, then trace a large B on baby's front. Point at baby, then at yourself.") The Sesame Beginnings series (Cookie See! Cookie Do!, etc.) is a cute, fun way to help children from birth to 36 months attain important developmental milestones, such as hand-eye...


The Cake Mix Bible
Louis Weber
141272130X
March 2005
Hardcover
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Mr. Putter & Tabby Bake the Cake
Cynthia Rylant
0152002146
December 1994
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-Mr. Putter is determined to bake a cake for his neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, for Christmas. He wants it to be completely unlike the fruitcakes she usually eats during the holidays-"Something light. Something airy. Something that would not break a person's toe." Readers will discover that this is no easy undertaking since he has no pans, has never baked from scratch, and has no cookbook. This low-key holiday story focuses on the loving care that many gifts lack. Young cooks will empathize with Mr. Putter's failures and be encouraged by his persistence and eventual success. The tale's combination of concern and humor is further enhanced by the appealing pencil, watercolor, and gouache cartoons. Though this title is not as enchanting as the first two "Mr. Putter and Tabby" adventures (both...


The Advanced Professional Pastry Chef
Bo Friberg, Bo Friberg
0471359262
February 21, 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Up-to-date, advanced techniques for the professional pastry chef and serious home baker

The Advanced Professional Pastry Chef brings up-to-date coverage of the latest baking and pastry techniques to a new generation of pastry chefs and serious home bakers. This book covers advanced material and - like chef Bo's classic The Professional Pastry Chef: Fundamentals of Baking and Pastry, Fourth Edition - contains contemporary information to meet the needs of today's pastry kitchen. This volume contains nearly 500 recipes, which emphasize the techniques and presentations offered in top restaurants and bakeshops today.

Topics covered in depth include: Decorated cakes Modernist desserts Wedding cakes and holiday favorites Sugar work Marzipan figures Chocolate...



The Twinkies Cookbook: An Inventive and Unexpected Recipe Collection from Hostess
Leo Gong (Photographer)
1580087566
April 15, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
In 2005, as part of Twinkies’ 75th anniversary celebration, Hostess put out a call for recipes, asking people to share their ideas for cooking—yes, cooking—with Twinkies. Hundreds of people from across the country responded with an amazing collection of homegrown, creative, and sometimes wacky recipes. Nostalgic, colorful, and a delight for the whole family, this is the perfect book for the Twinkie lover in all of us.

From the Publisher
* The official Twinkies cookbook, showcasing hardcore fans’ recipes for fun, new ways—sweet and savory!—to enjoy Twinkies. * Includes more than 50 recipes and 20 full-color photographs. * Features a historical introduction to the Twinkie, complete with archival photographs and advertisements. About Twinkies: ...


Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake
Eileen Christelow
0618462643
August 2004
Board Book
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Book Description
Five little monkeys wake up with the sun. Today is their mama's birthday and they are going to bake a cake. They'll have to measure the flour and mix in the right number of eggs, and get it all into the oven in time for the birthday surprise--without waking up Mama! Eileen Christelow has created an original, high-energy romp, sure to delight any child who has tried to plan a surprise.

About the Author
Born in Washington, D.C., Eileen Christelow went to school there and in Connecticut, Tokyo, and Massachusetts. When she decided to write and illustrate picture books for young children, she and her daughter, Heather, "'researched the problem together, taking weekly trips to the library and reading at bedtime and nap time."' Eileen Christelow and her husband,...


Cake Decorating for the First Time
Jaynie Maxfield
1402717237
February 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Delight family and friends with exquisitely decorated cakes for birthdays, dinner parties, or just as a special treat. Through a simple question-and-answer format, with every procedure shown in color photographs, beginners will find out how to decorate without icing (just use a powdered sugar design); how to make chocolate curls and gumpaste flowers; how to prepare the drizzled chocolate icing known as ganache; and how to embellish tiered, bundt, and raspberry-filled cakes. See how to whip up fondant, ice petits fours, and use a pastry bag to write greetings and create adornments. The all-important wedding cake is here, too. And while the focus is on decoration, there are also basic cake and icing recipes, too.


Betty Crocker Ultimate Cake Mix Cookbook
Betty Crocker
0764573489
Aug 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
With Betty Crocker, delicious desserts are a piece of cake! Take your favorite Betty Crocker SuperMoist cake mix flavor, add a drop of this, a dash of that, stir, bake, decorate, and you’ve created dessert magic beyond your sweetest dreams! Here’s your complete guide to baking with cake mix, packed with foolproof recipes from the ultimate cake mix experts–the Betty Crocker Kitchens. All your favorites are here, easy to make, easier to bake and easiest of all to enjoy! So whether you’re a first-time baker in search of tempting treats or an expert ready for a challenge, you’ll find plenty of great ideas in Betty Crocker’s Ultimate Cake Mix Cookbook. Planning a big birthday bash? Decorate a pretty Ballet Slippers Cake to see any aspiring ballerina twirl in delight. On the go...


Pretty Party Cakes : Sweet and Stylish Cakes and Cookies for All Occasions
Peggy Porschen
0307337073
April 11, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
A romantic Three-Column Wedding Cake adorned with fresh roses; eye-catching Kalei-doscope Cakes iced in geometric designs; glittering Bollywood-inspired lollipop cookies—you don’t have to go to a high-end bakery to be able to serve these beautiful desserts at your next party. Master cake decorator Peggy Porschen shares her designs for the gorgeous cookies, cupcakes, and cakes that have graced some of the world’s most discriminating tables—and they’re as easy to create as they are spectacular. Written for everyone from beginning bakers to seasoned pros, each design in Pretty Party Cakes is broken down into basic steps that turn even complicated cake sculptures into rewarding, accessible creations.

Pretty Party Cakes is brimming with dozens of innovative designs that are...


Have Your Cake and Kill Him Too : A Blackbird Sisters Mystery (Blackbird Sisters Mysteries)
Nancy Martin
0451217632
March 7, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The three sisters Blackbird—Nora, Emma and Libby—return in Martin's charming and funny fifth novel (after 2005's Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die). Zell Orcutt, a dirty old man on the periphery of the Blackbirds' high-society Philadelphia circle, is found dead. If the arrow shot through his heart at first seems a tad improbable, well, all his disgruntled relatives are archery fans. From a state senator who may not be as dumb as he appears to an obnoxious, busty teenager who thinks she'll come into big bucks now that Zell is dead, the suspects are legion, and Nora, of course, can't resist detecting. But the real mystery is the paternity of the baby Nora's carrying, and whether she is really, truly, finally through with her hunky but oh-so-dangerous lover, Michael Abruzzo. (Mar.) Copyright © Reed...

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