Extraordinary Cakes: Recipes for Bold and Sophisticated Desserts

Extraordinary Cakes: Recipes for Bold and Sophisticated Desserts

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by Karen Krasne, Tina Wright
     
 

How to make cakes that are as delicious to eat as they are beautiful to behold. Karen Krasne, the “Queen of Cakes” according to Gourmet magazine, brings a fresh and contemporary sensibility to special-occasion cakes. Instead of the conventional fondant and gum paste, she relies on natural frostings based on chocolate, cream, or butter (which are

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How to make cakes that are as delicious to eat as they are beautiful to behold. Karen Krasne, the “Queen of Cakes” according to Gourmet magazine, brings a fresh and contemporary sensibility to special-occasion cakes. Instead of the conventional fondant and gum paste, she relies on natural frostings based on chocolate, cream, or butter (which are also easier to make). What makes these cakes showstoppers is their unexpected flavor combinations-take, for example, the Blood Orange Ricotta Torte, the Chocolate Tiramisu, or the Yuzu Tea Cake. These desserts take full advantage of layering-contrasting textures in each bite-as seen in the New York, New York (chocolate ganache, devil’s food cake, chocolate chantilly, and caramelized apples) or the Beau Soleil (mascarpone mousse, peaches, pralines, and honey-soaked pound cake). Krasne favors vibrant touches like fresh fruit and real flowers, which add flair without being fussy. The recipes include tips from her twenty years as a pastry chef, and a step-by-step introduction covers basic techniques. Extraordinary Cakes shows how to create amazing cakes that satisfy sophisticated palates-but are still achievable for the home baker.

Some of the luscious cakes included are Toasted Macadamia Caramel Cheesecake, Shangrila (Guava Mousse, White Chocolate Mousse, Fresh Strawberries, Pound Cake), Vallarta (Key Lime Cream, Whipped Cream, Tequla-Infused Genoise), Marco Polo (Vanilla Mousse, Blackberry Gelee, Tea-Infused Cake), Chocolate Nirvana (Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Cream, Chocolate Cake), King Kamehameha (Coffee Mousse, Chocolate, Mocha Pralines, Chocolate Cake), Beau Soleil (Marscapone Mousse, Peaches, Caramelized Pralines, Honey, Pound Cake), Blood Orange Ricotta Torte, Carnaval (White Chocolate Banana Truffle, Chocolate Mousse, Rum), Caribe (Banana, Mango, Passion Fruit, Chocolate Cake), Tortamisu (Marscapone Cream, Espresso-and-Rum-Soaked Cake).

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"I hope that you were not planning on starting a diet tomorrow. After reading this book your thoughts will be focused on the cakes. Even if creating an "extraordinary cake" is not in your future the recipes are too good not to try." ~Chocolate & Croissant

“Modern flavors meet classic techniques in these beautiful, delicious desserts.”
—Barbara Fairchild, author of Bon Appetit Desserts
 
“One bite would hook any patisserie lover. The desserts are beautiful too … sublime.” —Los Angeles Magazine
 
Extraordinary is too mild a name for this collection of spectacular cakes. I’ve been a fan of Karen Krasne’s for years and I’m particularly overjoyed to see her powerfully delicious and tastefully decorated creations in print. The only problem I can see with this book is deciding which cake to prepare first. Extraordinary Cakes is destined to become a classic.” —Nick Malgieri, author of Bake! and The Modern Baker
 
“On Saturday nights, the line outside Extraordinary Desserts can extend onto the sidewalk. But once you’ve tasted Karen Krasne’s creations, you’ll forget about the wait.” —The New York Times
 
Extraordinary Cakes offers up easy-to-follow recipes for deliciously creative cakes, allowing avid bakers to replicate Karen’s trademark desserts at home.” —Jacques Torres, Dean of Pastry Arts, French Culinary Institute
 
“Talented chef-owner Karen Krasne serves ‘incredible,’ ‘divine,’ ‘world-class,’ baked goods and desserts that are ‘gorgeous to behold.’” —Zagat Survey

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847858088
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
415,661
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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