Monday, December 21, 2009


"A generation has passed since I wrote The Cake Bible," says Rose Levy Beranbaum in the introduction to her second and newest collection devoted to this popular dessert, ROSE'S HEAVENLY CAKES (Wiley; ISBN: 978-0-471-78173-8). Rose has been busy ever since, writing other books on pies, bread, Christmas cookies, etc. But the book we've all been waiting for, panting for and praying for is a new cake collection, and thumbing through this gorgeous and profusely illustrated book convinces me that ROSE'S HEAVENLY CAKES won't disappoint. The demand for this book has meant that it has been difficult to get a copy and it has already sold through at least its first printing. My copy just arrived, so I haven't been able to bake anything yet. But after the holidays are over, the first cake I'm rolling up my sleeves for is the Sicilian Pistachio Cake. Or will it be the Sticky Toffee "Pudding". Maybe the Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cake. No, I'm certain it will be the Double Chocolate Valentine with its brilliant blanket of raspberries. So many great choices, so little time!

What has happened since The Cake Bible is a lifetime of added experience, accumulated wisdom and science, Rose's meticulous eye for detail and her ability to insure that with her techniques, you will become an outstanding baker. Got an ambitious cake baker on your holiday list? Look no further. From the simple goodness of Apple-Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake to towering Wedding Cupcakes, ROSE'S HEAVENLY CAKES is the new standard. Long may it wave. I'll have a lot more to say about this book in the new year, but in the meantime, stay up-to-date with Rose at her blog,

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