Birthday Cakes: Recipes and Memories from Celebrated Bakers

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Exquisitely illustrated with more than 55 color photographs, Birthday Cakes features memorable, celebratory cakes and birthday stories by renowned chefs, cookbook writers, and passionate bakers -- including the likes of Julia Child, Alice Waters, James Beard, Alice Medrich, and Jim Fobel. This elegant yet easy-to-use cake-making book invites us to celebrate everything birthday: the making and presentation of the cake, the warm glow of the candles, the whispering of a wish, and the heartwarming ritual of cutting ...
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Overview

Exquisitely illustrated with more than 55 color photographs, Birthday Cakes features memorable, celebratory cakes and birthday stories by renowned chefs, cookbook writers, and passionate bakers -- including the likes of Julia Child, Alice Waters, James Beard, Alice Medrich, and Jim Fobel. This elegant yet easy-to-use cake-making book invites us to celebrate everything birthday: the making and presentation of the cake, the warm glow of the candles, the whispering of a wish, and the heartwarming ritual of cutting and sharing the cake. Everyone will enjoy oohs and aahs when a Meyer Lemon Pound Cake is served, a beautiful, sophisticated cake that can be decorated with glazed flowers and long French birthday candles. A fabulous three-day cake-making extravaganza for the truly dedicated is Gayle Ortiz's Princess Cake, a Swedish sweet-sixteen tradition. For happy smiles all around, there's a simple, delicious chocolate cake dressed in luscious frosting, just like grandmother used to make. Sprinkled with fun ideas and tips for decorating, this collection of cake recipes and personal birthday memories will inspire cakes so special friends and family will wish they had more than one birthday.
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Pretty to look at and brimming with inspiring ideas on throwing a proper birthday fete, Kleinman's book could be equally at home on a coffee table or in kitchen. The book features 38 recipes for birthday cakes, contributed by such notable cooks as James Beard, Alice Waters, Tasha Tudor, Patricia Wells, Julia Child and others. The cakes vary from traditional to unusual, so parents looking for a kid's birthday cake will delight in Birthday Cupcakes, German Chocolate Cake and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, while sophisticated chefs will be happy to find recipes for Aunt Frances's Ricotta Cheesecake and Beno t's Upside-Down Caramelized Apple Tart. Mini-essays by the contributors accompany each recipe, and a nostalgic theme runs throughout, as Robbin Gourley recalls her Aunt Florence's "prized and famous" Jelly Roll and Elizabeth Falkner recounts how her mother always made a Lincoln Log Cake because Falkner shares Abraham Lincoln's birthday. The recipes themselves are a mixed bag; generally, they're not very detailed and leave home cooks to figure out for themselves what instructions like "Roll the cake up with the edge of the paper" mean. The photographs and layout, however, are lovely. The Comforts Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese and Coconut Frosting is a pink and white fantasy; Grandmother's Chocolate Cake is divinely simple; and the Green Cake, with its shelled pistachios and light green icing, is exquisite. Kleinman (a food and floral photographer) and Miller (Chocolate; Espresso; Salt & Pepper) offer a picturesque meditation on an annual rite. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811840194
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathyrn Kleinman has been a dynamic part of the world of food and floral photography for over two decades. A James Beard award winner, she is the photographer of eighteen books, including the critically acclaimed Chronicle Books titles Sushi, Backyard Bou

Carolyn Miller is a writer, book editor, and award-winning poet living in San Francisco. She has written several cookbooks, including Chocolate, Espresso, and Salt & Peppter, all from Chronicle Books.

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Table of Contents

Preface 8
Introduction 10
Baking Birthday Cakes 12
Decorating Birthday Cakes 20
Birthday Cakes and Memories
White Mountain Cake 29
Orange Chiffon Cake 31
Gingerbread Cake with Chocolate Icing 34
Aunt Frances's Ricotta Cheesecake 36
Heavenly Angel Cake 39
Frying Pan Chocolate Cake 40
Carrot Cake 43
Jelly Roll 46
German Chocolate Cake 49
1-2-3-4 Cake 50
Fastest Fudge Cake 54
Becky's Birthday Cake 56
Paw Paw's Birthday Caramel Cake with Caramel Frosting 58
Grandmothers' Chocolate Cake 60
Benoit's Upside-Down Caramelized Apple Tart 63
Grandmother Whitehead's Famous Texas Fudge Cake 66
Princess Cake 68
Old-Fashioned Banana Spice Cake 74
Le Kilimanjaro--Glace au Chocolat, Pralinee 76
Meyer Lemon Pound Cake 79
Gold Cake with Grandma's Fudge Frosting 80
Comforts Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese and Coconut Frosting 82
Lindsey's Chocolate Cake 87
Pavlova 88
Cream Puffs with Lemon Filling 90
The Elvis Cake 95
Magic Spice Cake with Penuche Frosting 96
True Sponge Cake 98
Beth's Very Berry Shortcake 101
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake 102
Lincoln Log Cake 105
Pink Elephant Cutout Cake 108
Easiest Hot Fudge Pudding Cake 110
Baby Cakes 113
Green Cake (Vert-vert) 117
Bittersweet Chocolate Pinwheel Cake 119
Birthday Cupcakes 122
Buttermilk Poppy Seed Bundt Cake 124
Resources 127
Source Notes 130
Bibliography 133
Acknowledgments 134
Notable Birthdays 136
Templates 138
Index 140
Table of Equivalents 144
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