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Birthday Cakes

Recipes and Memories From Celebrated Bakers

Kleinman, Kathryn

(Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Birthday Cakes
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This wonderful collection, filled with photographs, memories, recipes, decorating tips, and stories, from such renowned bakers as Julia Child, Alice Waters, James Beard, and Jim Fobel, will inspire readers to create the most perfect and special birthday cakes for their friends and family. 17,500 first printing.

Hachette Book Group
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.

Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, c2004
ISBN: 0811840190
Branch Call Number: 641.8653 K
Characteristics: 144 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.

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Sep 19, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is the kind of book I love to bring home and peruse over an afternoon cup of coffee. And who doesn't adore a birthday cake? From the elegant ricotta cheesecake to the frying pan chocolate cake that can be 'baked' over a campfire, there's a delightful range in this collection. And the stories that accompany the recipes are as sweet as the cakes. (Tasha Tudor likes to light the candles on her frothy pink cake, put it on a plank and float it down a stream at dusk to the astonishment of assembled guests). Makes you want to get out a frilly apron and get baking.
Perfectly inspiring!

Mar 27, 2013
  • primojalapeno rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

not really a baker, but the beautiful pictures of cakes in this book inspired me to try. i've been successfully baking and the recipes are all dead on.

Oct 27, 2010
  • scaredy_squirrel2010 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Le Kilimanjaro--Glace au Chocolat, Pralinee is delicious and unique. To make a mountain shape I cut a 2L pop container to hold the icecream.

Try replacing the Pralinee with chopped almonds.

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