Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Top 5 new cakes and desserts books

List by Tosca

"Everyone has a price - mine is chocolate."
- Author unknown

I am inordinately fond of sugar. So much so that I always have something on me, near me or around me for those moments when I feel like I'll keel over and faint if I don't have it. A tad bit melodramatic? Well, yes, absolutely, and yet I'm sure some women can relate when I say you can either have me tense, irritable, anxious and suffering from mood swings (seriously, everyday feels like PMS-day), or you can have the somewhat muted version of me that you (virtually) see in front of you today. I know, it's like being stuck between a rock and a hard place, right? I adore cookbooks. I'm not particularly good at it and nothing I ever make turns out like the photos so I figure half the satisfaction must come from the doing of it, and the other half from the eating of it, and the bonus must be the reading. Which is just as well because the cakes and desserts new book list? My most favourite cookbooks ever. On the days when I don't succumb to the demon sugar in whatever form is on sale at the local supermarket (I know, totally shameless) I ooh and aah over the new cakes and desserts books and imagine that, one day, I could make ones just like it. (Hasn't happened yet). And so I present the 5 best of the newest ones. IMHO (in my humble opinion), anyway. Or as humble as I get.

Honourable mention:
Dress your gingerbread! : Bake them! Dress them! Eat them! by Joanna Farrow - Whether you want to make the perfect birthday party platter, need a fun rainy day activity to do with your kids, or fancy whipping up a unique and tasty gift for grandma, what better way than with a batch of freshly-baked gingerbread as you've never seen it before? Step-by-step instructions show you how to dress up your gingerbread as a whole host of colourful characters, from pirates and princesses to monsters and superheroes.

10,000 cupcakes : an infinite store of cupcake combinations / Susanna Tee
While cupcake chefs seek new inspiration, and the appetite for cupcake books and gifts continues, the challenge is on to find anything that is original. 10,000 Cupcakes meets that challenge with bells on. And with sparklers, sprinkles, and flags on! Its pages are split into three sections that turn independently to offer a selection of cupcakes, toppings, and decorations. Flip through the bottom section to choose your cupcake recipe. Turn to the middle section to select your icing. And complete your creation, either with careful deliberation or random abandon, by turning to a top menu of artistic decorations that will light up any party. Sometimes literally. Whatever combination you choose will result in a clear recipe and set of instructions on the left, and a fantastical collage cupcake artwork on the right. And, even more exciting, there are over 10,000 possible combinations to ensure that cupcake creativity is always on hand

Ben & Jerry's homemade ice cream & dessert book / Ben R. Cohen
With little skill, surprisingly few ingredients, and even the most unsophisticated of ice-cream makers, you can make the scrumptious ice creams that have made Ben & Jerry's an American legend. Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book tells fans the story behind the company and the two men who built it-from their first meeting in 7th-grade gym class (they were already the two widest kids on the field) to their "graduation" from a $5.00 ice-cream-making correspondence course to their first ice-cream shop in a renovated gas station. But the best part comes next. Dastardly Mash, featuring nuts, raisins, and hunks of chocolate. The celebrated Heath Bar Crunch. New York Super Fudge Chunk. Oreo Mint. In addition to Ben & Jerry's 11 greatest hits, here are recipes for ice creams made with fresh fruit, with chocolate, with candies and cookies, and recipes for sorbets, sundaes, and baked goods. The 90-plus authentic recipes are spiced with Lyn Severance's bright, quirky, full-color illustrations.

Cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies / editor, Pamela Clark
Three favourites in one beautiful volume. This book has recipes for delightful and original cupcakes to serve as an elegant dessert or for a swoon-making afternoon tea; rich, tempting cheesecakes, both cooked and uncooked, and a range of delicious cookies that you can serve after dinner or as dessert with cream or ice-cream. Each recipe has its own appealingly quirky photograph. This is a pretty book that you will want to keep for yourself but which would also make a lovely gift.

Apocalypse cakes : recipes for the end / Shannon O'Malley ; photographs by Keith Wilson
The end is near, cake! 2012, oil spills, pending war, Satanic rituals, metorites, lustful indulgences. The manner may be up for discussion, but most people feel that the end is coming soon. If you are feeling anxious about the approaching apocalypse, just laugh in the face of doom, face your fears mouth first, and bake the appropriate cake: 2012 Mayan chocolate cup cakes, BP oil black bottom cake, Hail the devil's food cake, Impending meteorite rock candy cake, Obesity epidemic pound cake, and many more.

Intoxicated cupcakes : 41 tipsy treats / Kate Legere
Ever find yourself wondering what to do with all your leftover booze? Bake it! This ingenious little cookbook offers bakers of all levels forty-one ways to combine two household favorites: booze and cupcakes. With a variety of delicious recipes including Banana Upside-Down Cupcakes, PiƱa Colada Cupcakes, Hot Toddy Cupcakes, Strawberry Daiquiri Cupcakes, and plenty more, dessert lovers are sure to find several favorites. Also included are baking tips and tricks throughout, luscious-looking photography, and templates to make your very own cupcake wrappers and decorative stencils.


Claire at Latitude said...

Thank you for the news of an apocalypse cake book on yet another day the world is meant to end - and there's a wonderful website:

Danielle said...

That has got to be the best cake blog ever! Well - that and Cakewrecks ( I would totally pay to see the two of them duke it out in a frosting-filled pit for best site!

catatonia said...

What a hoot of a link! Quickly shared it around - after snorting and coughing and laughing out loud of course :)