SprinkleBakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist

SprinkleBakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist

by Heather Baird
SprinkleBakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist

SprinkleBakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist

by Heather Baird

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How can you make cakes, cookies, and candy even MORE fun? Award-winning blogger Heather Baird, a vibrant new voice in the culinary world, has the answer: Cook like an artist! Combining her awesome skills as a baker, confectioner, and painter, she has created a gorgeous, innovative cookbook, designed to unleash the creative side of every baker.  Heather sees dessert making as one of the few truly creative outlets for the home cook. So, instead of arranging recipes by dessert type (cookies, tarts, cakes, etc.), she has organized them by line, color, and sculpture. As a result, SprinkleBakes is at once a breathtakingly comprehensive dessert cookbook and an artist's instructional that explains brush strokes, sculpture molds, color theory, and much more. With easy-to-follow instructions and beautiful step-by-step photographs, Heather shows how anyone can make her jaw-dropping creations, from Mehndi Hand Ginger Cookies to Snow Glass Apples to her seasonal masterpiece, a Duraflame®-inspired Yule Log..

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ISBN-13: 9781454903383
Publisher: Sterling Epicure
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 288
File size: 29 MB
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About the Author

Heather Baird is an accomplished painter and photographer whose works are in public and private collections across the United States, but her passion is creating eye-popping, mouthwatering desserts. She is a devoted practitioner of international confectionery technique who explores the outer limits of patisserie. She writes about her adventures in the world of creative dessert-making in her award-winning blog at sprinklebakes.com. Heather lives in Knoxville, TN, with her husband Mark and a mischievous pug named Biscuit.

Table of Contents

Introduction x

Getting Started xii

Baking Equipment 2

Art Supplies and Decorating Tools 4

Baking Commandments 6

Blank Canvases 10

Cookies 12

Simple Sugar Cookies 14

Shortbread 16

Gingerbread Cookies 18

Meringue 20

Ladyfingers 23

Tuiles 24

Macarons 26

Cakes 30

Lining Baking Pans 32

Butter Cake with Simple Syrup 34

Chocolate Cake 36

Financiers 38

Génoise Sponge Cake 40

Madeira Cake 42

Candies 46

Crème Candies 48

Modeling Chocolate 50

Hard Candy 52

Hard Candy Coating 53

Hard Caramel 54

Spoon Desserts 56

Fruit Mousse 58

Vanilla Pastry Cream 59

Chocolate-Mousse 60

Crème Chantilly 62

Diagonal Chocolate Mousse Cups 62

Lemon Curd 64

Panna Cotta 65

Icings 66

Piping Basics 68

Royal Icing 70

Chocolate Ganache 72

Swiss Buttercream 73

Fondant and Piping Gel 74

Marzipan 78

American Buttercream 80

Pastries and Crusts 82

Pâte à Choux 84

Pâte Sablée 86

Cookie Crust 88

Tart Crust 89

Line 90

Culinary Paints 92

Crushed Pigments 92

Egg Tempera for Baking 94

Gel Food-Coloring Paints 95

Brushes 96

Creating a Template 98


Mehndi Hand Cookies 100

Marimekko Cookies 104

Postcard Cookies 108

Strawberry Mousse with Joconde Cake 112

Heart Tea Cakes 116

Queen of Hearts Cookies 118

Plaid Sweater Cookies 124

Viking Wedding Cake 128

Sculpture 132

Carving 134

Hand-Modeling 135

Armature 136

Building 136

Manipulating 136

Subtracting 136

Constructing and Assembling 136

Impasto 137

Casting 138

Chocolate Shells 138

Chocolate Bowls 140


Banana Pudding Cake 142

Dale Chihuly-Inspired Candy Nesting Bowls 148

Free-Form Lollipops 152

Sugarplums 154

Sweet Coconut Sushii 158

Tuile Cookie Spoons with Peanut Butter Mousse 162

Mushroom Cookies 166

Salted Caramel Cupcakes 168

Hazelnut Coffee Mousse 172

Origami Cookies 176

Cloud Meringues 178

Mad Hatter Marshmallow Pops 180

Color 184

Color Wheel 186

Color Harmony 186

Natural Hues 187

Color Icings and Batters 188


Color Wheel Cupcakes 189

Blackberry Curd 192

Blue Velvet Cakes 194

Colorful Spiral Cookies 198

Matcha Gènoise Layer Cake 202

Neapolitan Cake 204

Mango and Yogurt Gelèes 208

Spiced Wine-Poached Pears 210

Snow Apples 212

Grasshopper Pie 214

Matcha White Chocolate Cheesecake 216

Mendiants 218

Pink Peppercorn Macarons 220

Pomegranate Panna Cotta 222

Vanilla Bean Baby Doughnuts 224

Yema Candy 226

Mixed Media 228


Southern Bombe 232

Glittering Cookie Tree 236

Yule Log Cake 240

Anatomical Heart Cake 246

Breakfast for Dessert 252

Book Cake 256

Templates 262

Helpful Baking Websites 266

Useful Suppliers 268

Acknowledgments 269

Index 270

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