The Essential Cake Boss (A Condensed Edition of Baking with the Cake Boss): Bake Like The Boss--Recipes & Techniques You Absolutely Have to Know

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Simon and Schuster, 2013 - Cooking - 192 pages
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Here are the essentials from Buddy Valastro’s instant classic, the New York Times bestselling Baking with the Cake Boss, in a condensed, more affordable paperback package with a dynamic, new design. Here are extensive explanations and step-by-step photos that show how you can bake—and decorate—just like the Boss!

BAKE LIKE THE BOSS!

The Essential Cake Boss is a perfect slice of Buddy Valas­tro’s beloved bestseller Baking with the Cake Boss—a sweet collection of Buddy’s core recipes and techniques; the building blocks of Buddy’s show-stopping desserts; and many of his most popular, signature creations. You’ll learn to work with baking and decorating equip­ment, bake perfectly moist cupcakes and cakes, and work magical effects with frosting and fondant. Gor­geous photos let you follow Buddy as he shows how to create his artistic flourishes and decorations. The Essen­tial Cake Boss also features charts that let you mix and match cake flavor, frosting, and liqueur syrup to create your own trademark cakes.

A master course in baking, The Essential Cake Boss starts with a tour around the kitchen, including your pantry essentials and equipment, and the basic baking techniques at the foundation of any baker’s success. Start with simple yet mouthwatering cookies—butter, double chocolate chip, peanut butter, chocolate brownie clusters, and pignoli cookies—before piping bright, fan­ciful frosting flowers on top of perfectly moist cupcakes. Then you’ll be ready for Buddy’s beautiful cakes and to decorate with Buddy’s signature buttercream adorn­ments and flourishes. After that, you’ll be ready to work with fondant—which is easy when you follow Buddy’s tips and photos! And these cakes taste as good as they look: The Essential Cake Boss includes recipes for vanilla, chocolate, sponge, carrot, and red velvet cakes, as well as a delicious array of frostings, syrups, and fillings, so you can create your dream cake combo.

Bursting with tempting, tried-and-true recipes, handy tricks of the trade, and stories told in Buddy’s inimitable voice, The Essential Cake Boss is a rare treat— a fun, accessible guide to baking that inspires home bak­ers to new culinary heights, all in a gloriously designed, fully illustrated book worthy of the Cake Boss’s unique artistic vision. You’ll want to try them all!
 

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User Review  - silverarrowknits - LibraryThing

I received this book through the GoodReads First Reads program. I enjoy watching cooking shows on television. In fact, I have watched several episodes of the Cake Boss, because I love to watch how ... Read full review

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This book had many recipes that I cannot wait to try such as the rugelach. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
EQUIPMENT
17
BASIC BAKING TECHNIQUES
29
COOKIES
35
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
43
Chocolate Brownie Clusters
51
CAKES AND CUPCAKES
59
Sunflowers
69
A Boys Birthday Cake
105
A Girls Birthday Cake
113
BASIC CAKES
133
Chocolate Cake Combinations
141
Other Cake Combinations
149
Carrot Cake
155
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
161
Lobster Tail Cream
168

Piping Buttercream Roses
75
WORKING WITH CAKES
83
DECORATING TECHNIQUES
93

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About the author (2013)

Buddy Valastro is the star of the hit TLC series Cake Boss and Next Great Baker and author of the New York Times bestsellers Cake Boss and Baking with the Cake Boss, as well as Cooking Italian with the Cake Boss. He is owner of Carlo's Bake Shop in Hoboken and the Cake Boss factory in Jersey City, which supplies stores around the country. Buddy lives with his wife and four children in New Jersey.

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