Sunday, May 3, 2009

500 Cakes

As you all know, I love experimenting with pretty cake designs, but have been having some not-so-good luck with cake recipes. Usually, the cake decorating books recommend a Madeira cake to work with. Madeira cakes are excellent for shaping and carving, because they are dry as the desert! No desert desserts here.

While at Books-A-Million, I perused the baking sections. They have a great selection of cake recipe books, as well as cake decorating books. After looking through all of them, I purchased "500 Cakes: The Only Cake Compendium You'll Ever Need, " by Susannah Blake.

It's a small book, maybe 5" x 5" but it's full of a lot of different cake recipes, like classic cakes, coffee cakes, cheesecakes, tortes & gateaux, etc.

I have already attempted two recipes (banana cake and classic wedding) and I am impressed with the tastes. Tomorrow evening's attempt: Coffee & Praline Layer Cake. I'll let you know how it goes.


Kristin aka kjnohr aka Trekkie Gal said...

Not sure if you have ever seen Cake Wrecks, but since you are such a cake-y person, you should check it out. :) I find myself shaking my head a lot because I can't believe bakers would actually produce some of those cakes.

Kaaren said...

Yes, over on my cake blog, I have a link on my side bar to cake wrecks. Love that site.

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Do you read Smitten Kitchen? Her cakes look yummy! She seems to be more about the flavor than anything else.