The Whimsical Bakehouse

The Whimsical Bakehouse

Fun-to-make Cakes That Taste as Good as They Look

Book - 2002
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Three neon-bright layers of cake, tilted at a jaunty angle and adorned with edible chocolate candles; a Jackson Pollock--inspired cheesecake spattered with chocolate, caramel, and peanut butter icing; and a swarm of plump bees perched atop a rainbow of candy-colored cupcakes--these are only a few examples of the unfettered creativity at work at the Riviera Bakehouse. There, mother-daughter bakers Kaye and Liv Hansen turn out some of the most charming, refreshingly eccentric cakes ever to grace a birthday or wedding celebration. Kaye and Liv believe that a cake should taste as good as it looks, so they skip esoteric (and inedible) decorations in favor of simple buttercream, flavored whipped cream, and tinted candymaker's chocolate, covering their luscious cakes with amusing designs and gorgeous color that are easy to make and delicious to eat. The cakes themselves are no less enticing, pairing old-fashioned favorites like Banana Cake and Spice Cake with sumptuous fillings such as French Custard and Chocolate Mousse. Simple step-by-step lessons, illustrated with photographs, explain how to re-create Liv's charming chocolate designs, from the bright polka dots that shine against dark chocolate glaze to the shimmering stars that adorn the enchanting "Starry Night." Templates for the delightful designs allow you to adapt these techniques to create your own unique decorations. With time-tested tips and complete information on everything from mixing colors to adjusting pan sizes, the Hansens explain all you need to know to get started. Whether you're dreaming of an elegant Chocolate Apricot Pecan Torte or a three-tiered butter cake filled with spiked mocha cream and embellished with fantastical spring flowers,The Whimsical Bakehouseis the ultimate guide to creating delicious, showstopping confections that are completely original.
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter, 2002.
ISBN: 9780609608968
Characteristics: 160 p. :,ill. ;,26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hansen, Liv


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CherryMcP Mar 20, 2010

Stunning cakes! The colors are so vivid!

Oct 18, 2005

Have you become bored with icing roses? Are you looking for something more than traditional clowns with balloons on your birthday cakes? Look no further: THE WHIMSICAL BAKEHOUSE will give you plenty of great ideas for unique, eye-catching, humorous and, yes, whimsical cakes. Gorgeous photographs of the authors'' concoctions are presented, along with a multitude of recipes for both cakes and fillings and step-by-step instructions for their assembly and decoration. Their beautiful tiered quilting bee cake is a knockout: three hexagonal tiers are decorated so that each facet looks like a different quilt block, and it is topped with an edible pair of scissors and spool of thread -- perfect for the crafter in your life. Other highlights include the coffee cup cakes and the decadent Ode to Jackson Pollock, decorated with spatters of white and dark chocolate.

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