This is going to be the tastiest Monday you have ever experienced. I am going to tell you about a beautiful book full of cakes that are so pretty that you’ll be unable to resist them.
You doubt this? Then simply keep reading on about “sublimely crafted cakes for every occasion”!
April Carter (author of the famous blog Rhubarb & Rose) has turned cake making into a form of art. Her cakes are like contemporary sculptures, that could turn any party almost into a modern performance with loads of exclamations coming from your fascinated guests.
I love sweets, so I’d never doubt if one needs a slice of rich homemade tart – it’s a must! I also agree with April that it’s always worth getting one’s fingers sticky just to make your family gathering unforgettable.
“…a beautiful, thoughtfully crafted and delicious cake makes an occasion special, brings people together and makes them happy. I love that moment when the candles are blown out, the cake is cut, the slices are passed around and everyone gathers together to eat. All the better if you are the proud baker that made it happen.”
So… If you’re looking forward to a feast for your eyes and for your taste buds, try out one of April’s recipes. How do these cakes sound to you –Sea-Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake, Burnt Butter Hazelnut Cake or Carrot, Orange and Golden Pecan Cake?
I must admit, having looked at every single cake in the book, I don’t know which to start with… Below you’ll find my Top 3. One of them will definitely end up on our Christmas table!
My TOP 3:
Gingerbread Cake with Whiskey Caramel
Chocolate Beetroot Cake
Lemon and Poppy Seed Syrup Cake
Even if you are an inexperienced baker you should have a go at making something very special. In my opinion this book might encourage you to be braver; as the author says – “baking and decorating is such a creative process” and the rules can’t be too strict when we are talking about creativity, right?
I loved the fact that April has devoted a few chapters to so called technical details, that’s why this book has everything you need to know about cakes. From A (essential equipment, ingredients) to Z (transporting your cakes to the actual venue and photographing them before they disappear).
You’re wondering how to construct and level them? The information’s there. How to decorate with butter cream? Have a look at the step-by-step photographs that are followed by lots of hints and tips on how to achieve each look.
Well, I think I’ve said enough. All I have to do now is… “set some time aside to enjoy the creative process and have fun decorating!”. Hope you’ll decide to do the same.
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Decorated by April Carter (Hardie Grant, £20.00) Photography: Danielle Wood