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More About Baking with the Cake Boss by Buddy ValastroOverviewCALL IT THE BUDDY SYSTEM, because "Baking with the Cake Boss "is an education in the art of baking and decorating, from kneading to rolling, fondant to flowers, taught by Buddy Valastro himself, the star of TLC's smash hit "Cake Boss." With more than 100 of his most sought-after recipes, including birthday and holiday cakes and other special theme designs, this book is a master course that culminates in the showstopping cakes for which Carlo's Bake Shop is famous.
- Being George Washington
Following the arc of Buddy's career from apprentice to master baker, "Baking with the Cake Boss "offers readers the same on-the-job education earned by everyone who comes to work at Carlo's Bake Shop, with some of Buddy's and the family's memories shared along the way. It builds organically from simple cookies and pastries to pies, flower-adorned cupcakes, and basic fondant cakes, to breathtaking cakes for every holiday and special occasion. And, as you progress from basics to bedazzlements--like the safari cake complete with chocolate animals and a waterfall--Buddy shares his inspiring enthusiasm and stories from the shop in his inimitable voice. He also provides the tools for creating your own personal trademark cakes, with a chart that lets you mix and match cake, frosting, and liqueur syrup for cakes the way "you "like them. And there are plenty of photos that illustrate artistic flourishes and decorations you can use to adorn your individual creations. With 650 gorgeous, step-by-step instructional photos that let you follow Buddy as if you were next to him in the bakery, "Baking with the Cake Boss "is an incomparable dessert education that will become an essential reference for aspiring and skilled bakers alike.
Bursting with delicious, tried-and-true recipes, how-to boxes and sidebars, and numerous tricks of the trade, "Baking with the Cake Boss "is a rare treat--a fun, accessible guide to baking, all in a gloriously designed, fully illustrated package worthy of the Cake Boss's artistic vision.
Publishers Weekly Reviews
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-10-24
- Reviewer: Staff
Valastro, owner of Carlo's Bake Shop in Hoboken and star of TLC's Cake Boss, gives would-be bakers a running start with this superb collection of recipes, tips, and decorating secrets. Valastro (Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia) rolls up his sleeves and walks readers through the steps for making Rugelach, cream puffs, cannoli, and cakes before he breaks out the fondant, enabling readers to learn the fundamentals before attempting cakes that look like gift-wrapped presents or a Thanksgiving turkey. Inspired and engaging, Valastro provides instructions on piping frosting, trimming cakes, and making homemade pie crust—augmented with step-by-step photos. His attention to detail proves even more useful by the time fans try making his more elaborate creations, such as the two-tiered "Animal Safari Cake," which features wild animals, piped trees, leaves, and a waterfall, and spans 13 pages. Approachable enough for the novice, but challenging enough for the experienced home baker, Valastro's collection is a terrific and accessible resource that budding bakers can grow with. (Nov.)