Rose's Heavenly Cakes Hardcover – Illustrated, 21 August 2009
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This extraordinary collection of heavenly cake recipes from "Diva of Desserts" Rose Levy Beranbaum, the award-winning author of "The Cake Bible," is an essential kitchen companion for anyone who loves to bake. Illustrated throughout with stunning full-color photography, the book's meticulously tested, easy-to-follow recipes are all you need to create spectacularly beautiful cakes in your home kitchen.
In her signature crystal-clear style, Rose takes you step-by-step through the instructions for making every type of cake imaginable--more than 100 expertly tested (and re-tested) recipes in all--while full-color photographs of every finished cake and step-by-step processes offer inspiration and clear instruction. Exceptionally delicious butter and oil cakes, sponge cakes, flourless cakes, and cheesecakes, such as Heavenly Coconut Seduction Cake, Golden Lemon Almond Cake, and Devil's Food Cake with Midnight Ganache, are perfect for birthday celebrations, coffee breaks, or everyday weeknight desserts. And Rose also includes a range of charming baby cakes such as Mud Turtle Cupcakes and divine creations like the Deep Chocolate Passion Wedding Cake that will make any special occasion more festive.
With each and every recipe step thoroughly explained in Roses usual approachable style, baking with Rose's Heavenly Cakes is like having a master baker right alongside you in the kitchen. In her "Ten Golden Rules of Cake Baking," Rose provides advice on the right kind of flour to select to give your cake the perfect structure, how to fill a cake pan so that your cakes bake evenly every time, the best way to unmold a cake for a perfect finished appearance, the ideal ways to store every type of cake, and much more. The baking tips and trade secrets that she shares throughout the book will show you how to transform a simple cake batter into delicious art, with perfect results every time.
From Barcelona Brownie Bars for a simple weeknight treat to White Gold Passion Genoise for a gala event, Rose's "Heavenly Cakes" is the cookbook that translates the chemistry of baking into the incredible, extraordinary, and unequaled joy of cake baking.
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I have been experimenting and found I can change the font /page size enough to read the charts, but it would be a whole lot easier if they were ore in line with the rest of the fonts to begin with.
If I could bring more than 5 stars, I will
As soon as I received this book, I started to check out the recipes. They are just fantastc!!! I do love baking so I have quite a few baking books. This is one of the best: Rose Levy gives you all the directions step-by-step through the instructions for making wonderful cakes: from the ingredients in volume (cups, tsp,...) and weight (ounces and grams), which is very helpful for me. Includes author notes, special equipment you will need and some tips... and photographs of every finished cake (which, in certain way, helps me a lot!)
This book contents soooo many recipes separated in different cathegory: Butter and oil cakes, Sponge cakes, cheesecakes, Weeding cakes...
It also contains "the golden rules of cake baking". In it, the author gives advices on what type of flour, butter, chocolate use, how to fill a cake pan. There is also guidelines for storing cakes and frostings.... and much more
I'm so excited with this book but specially with the way the author explains every recipe (that I've already ordered "Rose's Christmas cookies" and "The pie and pastry bible")
I've already prepared the Barcelona Brownie (it is my husband's favorite!), Lemon Poppy seed cake, White chocolate frosting, Banana cake, carrot cake, and some others... They all are Amazing!!!... I just followed the directions and everything came as beautiful as shown on the pictures on the book.
If you are interested in learn new recipes, in get new ideas or just looking for a book to start baking, this is the one you have to order (now!)
This book is not for those who do not like detailed instructions, who are in a rush, who thinks that a cake from a fast food joint is delicious. They may find this book frustrating, too demanding or cakes not sweet enough.
What I also like is that she does offer some alternatives - for example the Red Velvet cake had instructions for using beet juice as an alternative to food coloring. I have made it using beet juice for the color and it turned out fabulous!
The picture are fabulous and help me decide on what to make.
I own this book for about a year now and have not had a bad cake yet.
Tiramisu had rave reviews from the wedding guests.
Pumpkin cake was gobbled up by hubby who doesn't like cakes!
White chocolate cream cheese frosting is to die for.
Carrot cake was great!
Can't wait to make the coconut cake this week!
With regards to using weight measurements vs. volumetric. Most of the world (outside of the US) uses weights and metric system for baking because it's more accurate (flour and other dry ingredients settle in their containers). Even the amount of cereal in boxes are listed by their weight. So, I appreciate that the book lists the ingredients by weight. It's also nice that it lists volume as well.
I, too, own the Cake Bible and I like that this book has oil based cakes. They make better cupcakes than the butter cakes from the Cake Bible. Better means that I no longer have problems with the cake pulling away from the liner (both sides and bottom) with the butter cakes. Did lots of searches and concluded it may be due to higher fat content. If anyone knows or has link to recent answers to this perplexing problem, I would appreciate feedback!