Our Best Cupcakes, Cookies, Candy, and More

Book - 2014 | First edition
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TAKE ALL THE GUESSWORK OUT OF DESSERT! Food Network Magazine editors have picked their all-time favorite treats and put them into one amazing book. In Sweet, you'll find over-the-top brownies, super fun cupcakes, show-off layer cakes, one-of-a-kind cookies and so much more.

This great collection includes recipes for any occasion, with step-by-step instructions and full-page color photographs to help you along. You don't need to be an experienced baker to get started. Every dessert in this book is easy to follow-and totally foolproof. Each recipe has been triple-tested, so you know it'll come out just right. Flip through and you'll find some fun surprises, too- a bowl made of chocolate, a spectrum of frosting colors and a cake that looks like a giant caramel apple. Check out what's inside!
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, ©2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780804137683
Branch Call Number: 641.86 SWE 2014
Characteristics: 336 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Food Network (Firm)
Alternative Title: Sweet
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ksoles Sep 17, 2014

Don't let the kitchy cover of "Sweet" fool you; this comprehensive baking book contains no tinned pie filling, no pre-made tart shells and no aerosol whipping cream. Recipes occasionally call for standards like frozen phyllo dough but the majority start from scratch and contain clear, simple instructions that any home baker can master. Each recipe starts with a bit of advice and uses ingredients readily found in most grocery stores.

Chapters include Cupcakes & Whoopie Pies, Cookies & Bars, Candy & Snacks, Pies & Crumbles, Fake-Out Cakes, Show-Off Cakes, Frozen Treats, and Holiday Desserts; each has an astounding variety of recipes from the traditional to the more exotic. Every chapter also features a "twists" page; a basic whoopie pie recipe, for example, turns into numerous desserts with flavour additions and variations. Additionally, the book contains several fun projects: a "fake-out" cake that looks like a bowl of guacamole an an edible tree made of sour tape, gummy spearmint leaves and gummy dots. The book definitely falls short on substitutions for specialty diets, however; neither vegan-friendly nor gluten-free recipes get much real estate.

Most remarkably for such a large book, a beautiful colour photo accompanies each and every recipe. Both the table of contents and the index also include photos for easy reference and, finally, the book has an amazing reference page on tinting icing. Start with a bowl of white frosting, add the specified combination of standard food colouring drops and achieve every colour from forest green to cotton candy.

An excellent, all-encompassing book for the avid baker.

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