Baking with the Cake Boss: 100 of Buddy's Best Recipes and Decorating Secrets

Buddy Valastro, Author
Buddy Valastro. Free Press, $30 (272p) ISBN 9781439183526
Reviewed on: 10/24/2011
Release date: 11/01/2011
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Valastro, owner of Carlo's Bake Shop in Hoboken and star of TLC's Cake Boss, gives would-be bakers a running start with this superb collection of recipes, tips, and decorating secrets. Valastro (Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia) rolls up his sleeves and walks readers through the steps for making Rugelach, cream puffs, cannoli, and cakes before he breaks out the fondant, enabling readers to learn the fundamentals before attempting cakes that look like gift-wrapped presents or a Thanksgiving turkey. Inspired and engaging, Valastro provides instructions on piping frosting, trimming cakes, and making homemade pie crust—augmented with step-by-step photos. His attention to detail proves even more useful by the time fans try making his more elaborate creations, such as the two-tiered "Animal Safari Cake," which features wild animals, piped trees, leaves, and a waterfall, and spans 13 pages. Approachable enough for the novice, but challenging enough for the experienced home baker, Valastro's collection is a terrific and accessible resource that budding bakers can grow with. (Nov.)
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