The Complete Idiot's Guide to Snack Cakes

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All the tempting decadence—homemade! Includes color photos.

Master Baker Leslie Bilderback shows readers how to make their favorite treats in their own kitchens, then goes on to introduce dozens of other mouth-watering snack cake recipes from around the world. Everyone loves a treat: serve them up with tea, coffee, or lemonade; take a plate to a party— and wait for the raves ...

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Overview

All the tempting decadence—homemade! Includes color photos.

Master Baker Leslie Bilderback shows readers how to make their favorite treats in their own kitchens, then goes on to introduce dozens of other mouth-watering snack cake recipes from around the world. Everyone loves a treat: serve them up with tea, coffee, or lemonade; take a plate to a party— and wait for the raves to roll in!

• Written by an expert master chef and baker
• More than 100 delicious and easy-to-follow recipes
• Four-color insert with fantastic decorating tips

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592577378
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Bilderback has been a certified master chef and baker for nearly 20 years. She is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Success as a Chef, The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Comfort Food, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Spices and Herbs. James O. Fraioli is an award-winning author and photographer who's contributed to over 18 magazines. Fraioli's work has appeared in the New York Times, numerous radio shows across the country, and on The Food Network's The Essence of Emeril.
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Table of Contents


Basic Techniques     1
Basic Ingredients and Mixing     3
Flour     3
Cake Flour     4
Bread Flour     4
Whole-Wheat Flour     4
Sugar     5
Granulated Sugar     5
Brown Sugar     5
Molasses     5
Powdered Sugar     6
Honey     6
Artificial Sweeteners     6
Salt     6
Leaveners     7
Yeast     7
Chemical Leaveners     8
Air     9
Fats     9
Eggs     10
Dairy     10
Flavorings     11
Vanilla     11
Zest     12
Nuts     13
Spices and Herbs     13
Incorporation     13
Creaming     13
Sifting     13
Adding Alternately     14
Stirring, Mixing, and Beating     14
Whipping     14
Folding     14
Lightening     15
The Cut-In Technique     15
Kneading     16
Baking and Pans     17
The Basics     17
Baking Sheets     18
Muffin Tins     18
Baking Pans     18
Mini Loaf Pans     19
Mini Pie Pans     19
Silicone Pans     19
Paper Pans     20
Adding Heat     20
Temperature     20
Ovens     21
Baking Times     21
Judging Doneness     22
Frostings, Fillings, and Toppings     23
Chocolate     23
Sugar     24
Whipped Egg White Meringue     25
Custards     26
Cream     27
Sweetened Whipped Cream     28
White Glaze     29
Chocolate Ganache     30
Streusel     31
Chocolate Fudge Frosting     32
Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting     33
Vanilla Frosting     33
Vanilla Custard     34
Seven-Minute Icing     35
Coconut Pecan Frosting     36
Caramel Sauce     37
Chocolate Custard     38
Lemon Curd     39
Cream Cheese Frosting     39
Cupcakes     41
Filled Cupcakes     43
The Mechanics of Filling     43
Chocolate-Covered Banana Cupcakes     45
Black Forest Cupcakes     46
Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes     48
Roasted Marshmallow Cupcakes     49
Orange Dreamsicle Cupcakes     50
Classic Cream-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes     52
Cream-Filled Yellow Cupcakes     54
Iced Cupcakes     55
Cupcake Rules     55
Coconut Cupcakes     57
Carrot Cupcakes     58
Chocolate Peppermint Stick Cupcakes     59
German Chocolate Cupcakes     60
Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes     61
Pink Champagne Cupcakes     62
Red Velvet Cupcakes     63
Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes     64
Bars, Brownies, and Squares     65
Bars     67
Bar Rules     68
Butterfingers Peanut Butter Bars     69
Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Bars     70
Coconut Dream Bars     71
Date Bars     72
Fluffernutter Bars     73
Key Lime Bars     74
Lemon Bars     75
Milk Chocolate Caramel Bars      76
Seven-Layer Bars     77
Spiderweb Bars     78
Brownies     79
Brownie Background     79
Blondies     81
Chocolate Fudge Brownies     82
Chocolate Mint Brownies     83
Marble Brownies     84
Mexican Chocolate Brownies     85
Orange-Chocolate Brownies     86
Raspberry Brownies     87
Rocky Road Brownies     88
White Chocolate Macadamia Brownies     89
Squares     91
Square One     91
Getting a Round     92
Apricot Upside-Down Squares     93
Butterscotch Chocolate Nut Bars     94
Chocolate Chip Squares     95
Creme de Menthe Squares     96
Espresso Squares     97
Gingerbread     98
Red, White, and Blueberry Squares     100
Root Beer Float Cake     101
S'mores Cake     102
Sweet Doughs     103
Doughuts     105
Yeast Doughnuts     105
Cake Doughnuts     106
Forming Dough     107
Deep Frying     107
Apple Fritters      109
Beignets     110
Buttermilk Doughnuts     111
Devil's Food Doughnuts     112
Doughnut Holes     113
Jelly-Filled     114
Old-Fashioned Doughnuts     115
Powdered Sugar Doughnuts     116
Raised Glazed Doughnuts     117
Cream Puffs     119
What's in a Name?     119
Getting It Right     120
Forming and Baking     120
Pate a Choux     122
Chocolate Cream Puffs     124
Chocolate Eclairs     125
Coffee Cream Puffs     126
Profiteroles     126
Cream-Filled Swans     127
Vanilla Cream Puffs     128
Chocolate Chip Popovers     130
Sweet Rolls     131
Scratch It     131
Laminated Dough     132
Turning     132
Sweet Dough     133
Forming Pastries     133
Classic Puff Pastry     134
Sweet Dough     135
Danish Dough     136
Apple Turnovers     137
Bear Claws     138
Cinnamon Buns     139
Cinnamon Raisin Snails      140
Palmiers     141
Sticky Buns     142
Small Cakes     143
Mini Cakes     145
Adjusting for Size     145
Mini Pans     146
Fillings     146
Cream Cheese Pound Cakes     148
Sour Lemon Pound Cakes     149
Peanut Butter-Filled Chocolate Cake     150
Golden Gingerbread     151
Trail Mix Cakes     153
Coconut Cream-Filled Cakes     154
Cream-Filled Spong Cake     155
Rolled Cakes     157
Roll Along     157
Pre-Rolling     158
Serving     159
Chocolate-Filled Chocolate Roll     160
Chocolate-Covered Banana Roll     162
Cream-Filled Chocolate Roll     164
Jelly Rolls     166
Maple Walnut Roll     167
Orange Marmalade Roulade     169
White Chocolate Summer Fruit Roll     171
Sandwich Cakes     173
Keeping It Together     173
Stuck in the Middle     174
Let's Celebrate!     174
Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Sandwich     175
Devil's Food Ice Cream Sandwich      176
Cream-Filled Chocolate Cake Sandwich     178
Chocolate-Covered Ice Cream Sandwich     179
Vanilla Ice Cream Oatmeal Cookie Sandwich     180
Cream-Filled Oatmeal Sandwich     181
Marshmallow-Filled Chocolate Sandwich     183
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Bars     184
Mini Crumb Cakes     185
Crumbs     185
Cakes     186
Pans     186
Cherry Crisp Crumb Cake     187
Apple Brown Betty Cake     188
Orange Marble Crumb Cake     189
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crumb Cake     190
Toasted Almond Crumb Cake     192
Victorian Rose Crumb Cake     193
Tropical Crumb Cake     194
Mini Fruitcakes     195
A Regal History     195
Fruits     196
Ambrosia Cake     197
Applesauce Cake     198
Cherry Upside-Down Cake     199
Christmas Fruitcake     200
Panettone     202
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake     204
Walnut, Date, and Pepper Cake     205
Mini Pies and Tarts     207
Cutting in Fat     207
Keep It Cool     208
Ingredients     208
Working with Fruit     209
Basic Pie Dough     210
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Toaster Tarts     212
Blueberry Pie     214
Chocolate Cream Pie     215
Glazed Apple Turnovers     217
Lemon Custard Turnovers     219
Strawberry Toaster Tarts     220
Appendixes
Glossary     221
Internet Sources     227
Index     229
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