Baking With the Cake Boss

Baking With the Cake Boss

100 of Buddy's Best Recipes and Decorating Secrets

Book - 2011
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Buddy Valastro, the star of TLC's smash hit Cake Boss shares everything a home cook needs to know about baking as he takes readers through the same progressive training he had in his own apprenticeship.

Call it the Buddy system, because Baking with the Cake Boss is an education in the art of baking and decorating, from kneading to rolling, fondant to flowers, taught by Buddy Valastro himself, the star of TLC's smash hit Cake Boss . With more than 100 of his most sought-after recipes, including birthday and holiday cakes and other special theme designs, this book is a master course that culminates in the showstopping cakes for which Carlo's Bake Shop is famous.

Following the arc of Buddy's career from apprentice to master baker, Baking with the Cake Boss offers readers the same on-the-job education earned by everyone who comes to work at Carlo's Bake Shop, with some of Buddy's and the family's memories shared along the way. It builds organically from simple cookies and pastries to pies, flower-adorned cupcakes, and basic fondant cakes, to breathtaking cakes for every holiday and special occasion. And, as you progress from basics to bedazzlements--like the safari cake complete with chocolate animals and a waterfall--Buddy shares his inspiring enthusiasm and stories from the shop in his inimitable voice. He also provides the tools for creating your own personal trademark cakes, with a chart that lets you mix and match cake, frosting, and liqueur syrup for cakes the way you like them. And there are plenty of photos that illustrate artistic flourishes and decorations you can use to adorn your individual creations. With 650 gorgeous, step-by-step instructional photos that let you follow Buddy as if you were next to him in the bakery, Baking with the Cake Boss is an incomparable dessert education that will become an essential reference for aspiring and skilled bakers alike.

Bursting with delicious, tried-and-true recipes, how-to boxes and sidebars, and numerous tricks of the trade, Baking with the Cake Boss is a rare treat--a fun, accessible guide to baking, all in a gloriously designed, fully illustrated package worthy of the Cake Boss's artistic vision.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9781439183526
Characteristics: vii, 337 p. :,col. ill. ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: Cake boss (Television program)


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ksoles Jul 14, 2014

Buddy Valastro, the famed "Cake Boss" of Carlo's bakery in Hoboken, NJ, makes stunning cakes. Every one of his TLC episodes features two edible masterpieces, from eight-tiered wedding cakes to realistic landscapes to motorized cars and trucks. Needless to say, I had high expectations for a book advertising his "best recipes" and decorating secrets."

Though understandably not as detailed as those on his show, Buddy's decorating tips will improve the work of any baker. The book clearly explains decorating basics, walks through the simplest cakes, then progresses to the more advanced. Step by step pictures enhance the instructions and make the learning process more pleasurable.

Unfortunately, Valastro doesn't present any new recipes here; you'll find the same ones in his first book. If you don't own the first book, rest assured that some of these recipes hit the spot: chocolate mousse, italian custard, chocolate cake and most icings can serve as great foundation recipes. However, those that miss the mark REALLY miss the mark. Follow the vanilla cake recipe and you'll end up with two giant hockey pucks. The formula calls for vegetable oil, no butter, and no creaming of the fat with the sugar. In commercial bakeries, bakers use emulsified shortening as a fat source in "high-ratio" cakes, since emulsified shortening allows a cake to hold more sugar. In his home baking book, Valastro carelessly substituted vegetable oil for emulsified shortening, even though these two ingredients behave completely differently. His cannoli shell dough comes out as a wet mess and his cream puff filling more closely resembles soup.

Some shining moments but overall a disappointing display of inconsistency.

Jul 06, 2012

awesome recipes!!! love cake boss! #imagineteencontest

spencer123 Jun 09, 2012

This is a great book! Inspired me to try my hand at fondant! Gives lots of little hints.

debwalker Dec 12, 2011

Sony's hero!

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