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The Whimsical Bakehouse: Fun-to-Make Cakes That Taste as Good as They Look (Anglais) Broché – 26 janvier 2010

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If the Cat in the Hat were a baker, this is what his specialty might look like. It is probably our most popular cake—we make more than 100 a week in two different sizes—and it has become our signature design. The first incarnation of the Mini Birthday Cake was true to its name—a 4-inch round cake—but soon we were making them in all sizes, and even stacking them up to five tiers high (see page 118). If you prefer not to work with as many colors as we show here, try some of these alternatives: a glazed background, tone on tone (such as light pink to dark pink), or all white.

What you will need:
Cake: one 10-inch round cake of your choice (we recommend Chocolate Butter Cake, page 65)
Filling: Cookies and Cream (page 65)
Icing: Kaye’s Buttercream (page 37) or House Buttercream (page 36)
Decoration: 1 to 2 cups white wafer chocolate to make assorted chocolate candles
Colors: Teal, green, yellow, blue, violet, neon pink, and orange liquid gel colors and neon bright pink, green, blue, or violet candy colors (plus yellow)
Tips: #102 and #104 petal tip, #18 and #199 star tip, and #4 round tip

How to:
Bake the cake and let it cool completely. Prepare the filling and icing. Fill and crumb coat the cake as directed on pages 30-32. Chill the filled cake.
2. Melt 1 go 2 cups of white wafer chocolate. Set aside 1/4 cup of melted chocolate. Using the Color Mixing Chart on page 26, tint the chocolate with your choice of candy color. Pour the chocolate into a pastry cone and cut a medium-size hole. On a sheet pan lined with parchment paper pipe out as many 5-inch candles as you will need. They should be at least 1/4 inch wide and 1/8 inch thick. Set aside to harden.
3. Tint the reserved chocolate yellow. Pour the chocolate into a pastry cone and cut a medium-size hole. When the candles are hard, flip them over and pipe yellow chocolate flames on their tips.
4. Prepare the colored buttercream of your choice; we used 2 1/4 cups purple, 3/4 cup orange, 3/4-cup lime green, 1/4 cup teal, 1/4-cup neon pink, 1/4-cup blue, and 1/4 cup yellow. (See the Color Mixing Chart on page 26).
5. Ice the cake with purple buttercream or the base color of your choice. Adhere the cardboard round supporting the cake to your base.
6. Place the orange buttercream in a pastry bag with a coupler, and with a petal tip pipe or a Ruffled Ribbon Border (page 67) around the bottom edge.
7. Place the yellow or blue buttercream in a pastry bag with a coupler. Pipe a Bead Border (page 67) above the Ruffled Ribbon Border: With the same tip, pipe yellow linear swags. Place the lime-green buttercream in a pastry bag with a coupler; and with a star tip pipe lime-green Spiral Swags (page 68) using the swag lines as a guide. With the same tip, pipe an evenly spaced ring of rosettes around the outer edge of the cake top. There should be the same number of rosettes as there are candles.
8. Place the teal buttercream in a pastry bag with a coupler, and with a star tip pipe a shell border around the top edge.
9. Stick the chocolate candles into the rosettes so the flat sides face the front, pressing them halfway into the cake.
10. Place the neon pink in a pastry bag with a coupler, and with a petal tip pipe bows where the swags meet.

Classic, moist, and delicious, this versatile cake is sure to please any die-hard chocoholic or party of screaming kids. It is the most popular cake at the Bakehouse.

Grease and flour two 10x3-inch round pans. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a bowl, combine and whisk until there are no lumps:
1 cup hot coffee
1 cup cocoa powder

Add and whisk until smooth:
1 cup cold water

On a piece of wax paper, sift together:
3 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat at high speed until light and fluffy:
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 1/2 cups sugar

On medium speed, add slowly and cream well:
4 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Add the dry ingredients alternately to the butter and egg mixture with the cocoa, mixing until smooth.

Pour 3 cups of the batter into one 10-inch pan and the remaining batter into the other 10-inch pan. Bake the less full pan for 20 to 35 minutes and the fuller pan for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool the cakes on a wire rack for 15 to 20 minutes before turning them out of their pans.

Yield: 9 cups of batter

Yum, yum, yum. You might think this is for kids only, but adults love it just as much. We have even used cookies and cream as a wedding-cake filling. It is simply delicious.

In the bowl of an electric mixer at high speed, whip until stiff:
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Gently fold in:
20 chocolate sandwich cookies, such as Oreos, crushed into medium pieces

Yield: 6 cups

From the Hardcover edition.

Présentation de l'éditeur

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 Bakehouse is the ultimate guide to creating delicious, showstopping confections that are completely original.

From the Hardcover edition.

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HASH(0x94f7ca80) étoiles sur 5 Truly Inspiring 7 octobre 2002
Par Ruth Edlund - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book's ONLY lack is its shortness. I wanted a few hundred more pages of ideas. However, despite its brevity the book is absolutely chock-full of ideas most of which seem obvious in retrospect but I would never have thought of (a deliberately tilted cake?).
Its strengths:
(1) the recipes are really, really good. Those who remember the old Wilton cake decorating books will understand why I say that this is not always common in books about decorating cakes.
(2) the photos illustrate creative use of color and the text contains charts to explain how to reproduce the effects and generate similar ones on one's own, using the different types of food coloring available, the pros and cons of which are clearly explained.
(3) the text explains clearly how to use "wafer chocolate," which is really a malleable and dyeable form of white chocolate, for truly stunning effects.
(4) children _love_ the cakes. My five-old-daughter grabbed this book, studied it cover-to-cover, and then asked me to read it out loud to her. She will actually sit for fifteen minutes listening intently to a description of how to construct the cakes that she likes.
This really is a generous book. The cakes are spectacular enough that the authors probably could have found some way to franchise or trademark their designs and thereby made a lot of money. Perhaps they will make a lot of money selling copies of this book (I hope so) but the information is free if you check the book out of the library. They explain enough of their methods that we all can make cakes in our kitchens that make us laugh out loud. And that is a Good Thing.
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HASH(0x94f86cc0) étoiles sur 5 Sophistocated fun 8 septembre 2003
Par D. Clapsaddle - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Although the photos of cartoon-like full-color images translated into white chocolate that festoon many of the cakes featured in this book intimidated me, I decided to give the technique a try. I found the necessary supplies at my local hobby store, and by following the instructions in the book I produced a white-chocolate replica of my church in about an hour. The techniques featured in this book are fun, absolutely unique, relatively simple to master and even taste good. I can't believe more people don't copy this style. I have several cake books and bought this one to learn the decorating techniques, so discovering it has great cake recipes on top of the decorating instructions made this book a real find for me. Lots of books teach you how to decorate with fondant, gum paste and royal icing--all of which look great but taste like sugary concrete. These decorations aren't just edible; they're delicious. If you are looking to make very special family cakes and willing to invest a little money in decorating supplies to get started, this is the right book for you.
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HASH(0x94f86a20) étoiles sur 5 Cakes for Children and Adults with Children Inside! 8 janvier 2003
Par C. Bennett - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The cake designs in this book use a combination of buttercream icing and chocolate accents. Instead of fondant, the authors use ganache, glaze, or buttercream to paint the canvas of the cake. Recipes for House Buttercream, Kaye's Buttercream, Chocolate Glaze, and a Whipped Chocolate Ganache are included. To fill the cakes, recipes for Lemon Curd, Whipped Cream, and Cookies and Cream are provided. The cakes themselves run the gamut from a traditional Chocolate Butter Cake to an artistic Ode to Jackson Pollock.
The Introduction to this book is a two-way conversation with Kaye and Liv. They discuss the Bakehouse itself (located in New York State), the merits of edible flowers, and Liv's special chocolate decorations. Part One moves into the basics of cake decorating. The authors provide a list of tools, instructions on working with chocolate, a color mixing chart, and step-by-step directions on preparing the cake for decoration (tilted and flat cakes are included here).
The Mini Birthday Cake recipe on pages 62 - 65 features a ten-inch tilted cake. These unusual cakes feature prominently in recent cake magazines and publications. One side of the cake is markedly higher than the other, creating a slope across the top surface of the cake. The Mini Birthday Cake is anything, however, but mini! At ten inches, it will comfortably serve 15 guests at your party. The authors introduce this cake as the product of a "Cat in the Hat baker". The cake is adorned with bright purple, orange, yellow, lime green, and teal buttercream icing.
The authors recommend using the Chocolate Butter Cake recipe (page 65) for the birthday cake. The recipe calls for coffee, cocoa powder, water, cake flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. The recipe calls for baking the cake in two 10x3" pans by increasing the baking time, it is only necessary to bake one 3" layer. The finished cake is moist and delicate, lending itself well to the suggested cookies and cream filling. The cake is billed as pleasing "screaming kids." I don't know about that, but it sure worked for my husband! The combination of coffee and cocoa gives the cake depth of flavor.
After baking and cooling the Chocolate Butter Cake, I prepared the Cookies and Cream filling (page 65). This simple recipe is truly astonishing. The recipe calls for heavy cream, confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and crushed Oreos. The taste was reminiscent of a heavy ice cream, but with the texture of a cloud. It is glorious. Combined with the Chocolate Butter Cake, it is truly a delight.
Once the cake had been layered and filled, I prepared the House Buttercream recipe (page 36). This recipe has a surprisingly high ratio of sugar to shortening and butter. For six cups of sugar, the recipe uses 2¾ cups high-ratio vegetable shortening in addition to 1½ sticks of butter. This ratio gives the icing an understated flavor, making it an ideal complement to the heady chocolate cake and filling. The icing requires a mixing time of 10 - 20 minutes in a large mixer. Due to the long mixing time, the icing is extremely light in texture, and has a very thin consistency. One full batch of this icing (9 1/2 cups), will ice and decorate the ten-inch mini birthday cake. The completed recipe will fill a five-quart mixing bowl. For hand mixers, you will need to cut the recipe in half.
The House Buttercream is ideally suited to the bright colors used in the Mini Birthday Cake. Very little color gel was needed to achieve a bright, vivid color. However, the high shortening and butter content makes this icing extremely greasy. While the texture is light and airy on the tongue, there is a sheen of shortening left on the palate after eating the icing. Also, the shortening makes for some extra work in cleaning up. Be sure to use a good grease-cutting detergent and hot water when washing out your mixing bowls. Parchment decorating bags may be a wise choice for this icing, cutting down on your cleaning time. The thin consistency of the icing is ideal for icing the cake, handling beautifully in large quantities. However, the Mini Birthday Cake calls for some string work garlands. Thin consistency icing will not fall correctly and has to be traced onto the cake, instead of pulling out a traditional string. This will impact the roundedness of the string work, and has to be compensated for by the decorator.
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HASH(0x94f7e66c) étoiles sur 5 Creative & Unique 19 janvier 2005
Par J. Sheriff - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Of the many cake decorating books on my shelves, this is a favorite! The writing style is personable and accessible, and the directions are easy to follow. I buy books to learn about decorating, not to collect recipes, but I will say that I have tried a few of the cake recipes in this book, and they're too crumbly for me. The fillings and icings recipes are absolutely impossible to beat, though--especially cookies & cream and raspberry or hazelnut mousse.

I especially appreciate the decorating style--the emphasis on edible decoration (I love how fondant looks, hate how it tastes, and even though marshmallow fondant is better, it's still a lot of work for something that basically tastes like circus peanuts, which not everyone goes for). The designs in this book are charming, with great photographs and chocolate techniques. If you like very neat, uncluttered cakes, this might not be for you. These designs are exuberant, colorful, and maybe even a bit messy. I recommend you thumb through the pages in your bookstore before ordering, to be sure it's a style you're interested in, since it is so distinctive. I am just relieved to find something out there beyond Wilton and fondant, and this book is it.
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HASH(0x94f7e258) étoiles sur 5 A true whimsical book 2 octobre 2006
Par Biscotti - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I just have to agree with reviewer Ruth Edlund that there isn't enough in this book! (Bare in mind, there are already 20 cakes in it) I want more! I kinda wish they had included the princess cake that Meredith Vieira mentioned in the Foreword where Liv transform a doll into a princess!

There aren't many cake decorating books using butter cream and I am not talking about those cupcake books. The cakes in this book are either covered with butter cream, or chocolate glaze, and decorated with either butter cream flowers, simple piping designs, and / or melted chocolate decorations. Don't get intimidated by the chocolate decorations as the authors use chocolate wafers, better known as candy coating or confectioners' chocolate, which doesn't require any tempering, simply melt and use.

Unlike other cake decorating books that usually slap you with the basic cake recipes, and butter cream icing that uses tons of butter, makes me feel doubtful as to how tasty they are! This book on the other hand have so many delicious and interesting cake recipes, example: chocolate chip pound cake, lemon ginger cream cheese pound cake, orange butter cake, banana cake (I did have some trouble with this one, the cake didn't rise as much as I thought it should, but it's very tasty, would try and experiment again), hazelnut cake, walnut caramel cake and freckled mocha cake. There are also some cheesecake recipes like mocha chocolate chip cheese cake, Grand Marnier cheese cake, and Julie's chocolate Peanut Butter swirl cheese cake. The fillings that goes with the cakes (usually suggested by the authors in the beginning of each cake) includes whipped chocolate ganache, lemon mousses, chocolate-hazelnut mousse, orange mousses, French custard, cookies n' cream, just to name a few. Can you imagine what you could do with all these recipes? I just can't believe but very glad that the authors aren't keeping all these great recipes to themselves. Thanks Kaye and Liv!

Back to the book, the icing includes a recipe of the house butter cream which has been used in the bakery for more than forty years, Kaye's butter cream which uses egg whites and real butter (I use powdered egg whites), it taste light yet buttery, and the nice thing is that they have included a bunch of variations for the butter cream recipe like chocolate, lemon, raspberry, chocolate hazelnut and coffee. Some of the cakes are covered with chocolate glaze, and I have to agree with the other reviewer that this recipe yields way too much for those of us that are just making A cake. Though the remaining glaze can be used on ice-cream (add more heavy cream), I'd still half the recipe or quarter the recipe the next time I make it, depending on the size of the cake you're making. There¡¦s also the whipped cream icing recipe. I recommend that if you use this icing to cover your cake, try to get the whipped cream stabilizer from any cake decorating supply stores near you, or thru internet, it just works wonders to stabilize the whipped cream.

What makes this book so unique from other books is that they use melted and colored chocolate (note: you'll need gel paste colors that are made specially to color candy or chocolate, don't use the gel paste that's for butter cream, you'll understand better when you read the page on "working with Chocolate"). The decorations can be as simple as melting and coloring the chocolate and pipe into edible candles for a birthday cake, or they can be outlined and filled with one or more colors. Each method is carefully described and shown with pictures. They are just so fun to make. You can use the templates given or you can trace designs of your own----there's no limit with this method. I've posted some pictures of a cake I made for a friend who's not crazy for chocolate but has 4 young children (hey, you've gotta satisfy the kids too, even though it's not their birthday), so I used the techniques from the book for the decorations--- the kids love the chocolate decorations, and mom was happy with the cake too! ;) I can't wait to make the safari cake for my son's 2nd birthday! By the way, Kaye and Liv are not afraid to use bright neon colors, as you can see on the front cover of the book, and they really turn out to be fun, whimsical and funky!

So, if you're interested in making tasty, funky, fun, beautiful and whimsical (just like the title of the book) cakes, this book is for you. Even if you're not into butter cream covered cakes, the book is still good for the cake recipes. There are NO fondant or gum paste cake/decorations in here, look elsewhere if that's what you want. This book is definitely one of my top favorites!
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