Thursday, July 31, 2008

Dessert Island Cake Books

Assuming that there will be a ready supply of organic butter, eggs, sugar, cake flour, pure vanilla extract, my KitchenAid stand mixer, an oven, and let's not forget electricity on said desert island...

While the annual Wilton Yearbook is also a great source for ideas and inspiration, Decorating cakes: A reference & idea book (The Wilton school) is a more user-friendly reference manual without all the catalog bulk. There aren't any cake recipes, but all the necessary Wilton icing recipes are included.

The Cake Bible is my "go to" book for just about everything cake-related. It contains a huge variety of awesome cake and icing recipes, plus explanations of how the ingredients work in each recipe. It's impossible for me to choose a favorite cake recipe, but my icing recipe of choice is the Mousseline Buttercream--delicious and so versatile. Rose Levy Beranbaum also authored The Pie and Pastry Bible and The Bread Bible(both of which are on my wish list if anyone is feeling generous).

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