The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook: Recipes from the World-Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey's Home Kitchen

The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook: Recipes from the World-Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey's Home Kitchen

by Allysa Torey, Jennifer Appel


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The complete and “charming” (Gourmet) collection of deliciously old-fashioned and deeply satisfying recipes from everyone’s favorite New York City cupcake bakery.

Ever since the original Magnolia Bakery opened its doors in 1996, people have lined up day and night to satisfy their sugar cravings—and this book is Magnolia’s comprehensive guide to making all of their beloved desserts, including their home-style cupcakes, layer cakes, banana pudding, and other treats.

Illustrated with color and black-and-white photographs that capture the daily life of the bakery, The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook shows you how to make their famous banana pudding, sinfully rich buttercream icing and red velvet cake, and dozens more irresistible desserts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439175644
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 83,650
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Allysa Torey and Jennifer Appel are the founders of the Magnolia Bakery in New York City. In 1999 Jennifer Appel left to open Buttercup Bake Shop, which has two locations in Manhattan, where she resides with her husband and daughter. Allysa Torey lives with her son Wilson Henry in upstate New York, where she spends her time writing, cooking, gardening, and taking long walks through the hayfields with her collies Sam, Daisy, and Honey.

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When we first opened the Magnolia Bakery, we imagined a cozy, old-fashioned shop where people could come for a cup of coffee and something sweet. We expected our customers to include some local regulars and lots of neighborhood families. We thought we'd close at seven each evening so we could go home and make dinner. We never expected that Magnolia would turn into a city-wide hangout, much less that on weekend nights there would be lines out the door!

The Magnolia Bakery came into being over a brunch conversation during which Jennifer and I expressed for the umpteenth time our mutual frustration with our jobs and lifestyles. We finally decided that something would be done about it and opened up a wholesale baking business in early 1996. We soon received very positive feedback from our customers. When a retail space became available in our favorite neighborhood, we grabbed the opportunity. New York City's West Village seemed ideal. It was low-key and family-oriented, a place where we could do what we loved where we loved it. Over the course of two months and with the help of an adept construction crew, we transformed an empty shell into a warm cozy kitchen.

Our customers would stop by as much for the feel of the store as they did for the desserts. With its vintage American decor and desserts, customers often told us that walking into the bakery was just like stepping back in time to their grandmother's kitchen. They would come in for a slice of cake and end up with a little piece of their childhood. Over the years, people have wanted to meet us to say thanks for making the red velvet cake they remembered from church picnics or the banana pudding just like their mom used to make. While the business itself was fast paced and hectic at times, our original aim and values remained the same: we simply did everything the oldfashioned way, using the best and freshest ingredients, and took the time to produce delicious homemade treats.

A few years into business together, Jennifer left Magnolia to open up her own bakery, The Buttercup Bake Shop in midtown Manhattan. After the publication of The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook, many people suggested that I do a second book. While working full time at the bakery, the idea of writing another cookbook seemed impossible. Finally, after putting together a committed staff at the shop, I was able to move full time to my country house, and I could really consider the idea, knowing that I would have the time and energy necessary to write the book I wanted to write. I created the recipes for More From Magnolia in an old-fashioned style, but with new ideas and different combinations of ingredients to keep things interesting and fun.

As the unexpected popularity of our cupcakes grew, the bakery got busier and busier and the lines got longer and longer. After ten wonderful years at Magnolia, I decided to sell the business to stay home full time with my growing family. The new owners have opened more Magnolia Bakeries and continue to be successful.

This collection of recipes brings together all of the recipes in both Magnolia cookbooks — classic American desserts reflecting the sensibilities of the bakery and my home.

Allysa Torey

Introduction copyright © 2009 by Allysa Torey

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bippyloo More than 1 year ago
I am a serious lover of baking and after hearing so much about Magnolia Bakery, I decided I had to see what all the hype was about. In short, this book disappointed me. Case in point, to make their "Famous Banana Pudding", they tell you to use instant vanilla pudding mix! It's actually included in the list of ingredients! Gee thanks Magnolia Bakery, I didn't know I could just buy a boxed pudding mix! Thank God I spent the $19.99 to find that out! Come on! Anybody can give you a recipe like that. But, when you buy a cookbook by a famous bakery you expect a little bit more. At least I did. Next, has anybody read the ingredients for these desserts, or more specifically, the QUANTITIES of the ingredients listed??? Their Creamy Vanilla Frosting calls for 4 STICKS of butter and makes enough for ONE 9 inch cake! Add that to the 2 sticks used for the batter, and you have a cake with 6, count 'em, 6 sticks of butter in it. In ONE cake. Or, for example, their Vanilla Buttercream that calls for up to 10 CUPS of powdered sugar to frost ONE 3 layer 9 inch cake! There are plenty of delicious recipes out there that don't call for such ridiculous amounts. Besides that, all of the recipes that I have tried have been pretty mediocre. It's like the book offers little that is new or interesting. No special tips or ideas that grab your attention. It just repeats the recipes that almost any at-home baker has already heard about, and in a way that is sure to have you 10 lbs heavier by the end of your first cake.
Karlyn More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest, I had Magnolia Bakery cupcakes in NYC and I thought they were overrated... too much frosting and overly sweet (and believe me, I have the biggest sweet tooth of anyone I know). However, I love baking/cooking and I saw this cookbook, the good-sounding recipes inside, and I thought I'd give Magnolia a second chance. I made the right decision! I've only made three recipes in here so far but they have all turned out fantastically. The recipes do yield huge portion sizes, but the more the merrier right? Just today I made the Lemon Vanilla Bundt Cake for my grandma and I had to cut it in half because I knew she wouldn't eat the whole thing by herself. Happy baking!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this book after hearing all the hype about the bakery. Thought I would give the recipes a go at home. Wish I had seen this book before buying (bought on line) because the unhealthy quantities of butter and sugar in the recipes would have scared me off. Don't get me wrong I don't count desserts in a balanced diet but come on, we don't need to go overboard with butter and sugar. Made the Vanilla Lemon Cake and after my husband and I each had a slice, throw out the rest. Disappointed.
lilchika More than 1 year ago
Got this book for 13 yrs old daughter for christmas, she loves to bake and she has made about 3 recipe from this book, delicious,so glad i got his book for her she's so happy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the white cake recipe. The taste and texture are amazing! I'm not your usual chocolate cake lover and the chocolate buttermilk layer cake recipe is the best! Easy recipes to follow, everything is great!
Madsgal More than 1 year ago
I have had this book for a couple years ow, and I always use it. Tried and true recipes that I love. 
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Janetcd More than 1 year ago
It's great to be able to produce professional quality cupcakes and duplicate their famous iceing! Love the cookbook and perfect for gift giving!