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The Whimsical Bakehouse: Fun-to-Make Cakes That Taste as Good as They Look

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Three neon-bright layers of cake, tilted at a jaunty angle and adorned with edible chocolate candles; a Jackson Pollock–inspired cheesecake spattered with chocolate, caramel, and peanut butter icing; and a swarm of plump bees perched atop a rainbow of candy-colored cupcakes—these are only a few examples of the unfettered creativity at work at the Riviera Bakehouse. There, ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published August 20th 2002 by Clarkson Potter
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Mar 22, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone Interested in Cake Decorating
Shelves: educational
Anyone interested in cake decorating should own this book. I get all my reading material from the local library, but I plan on purchasing this one, which is the highest compliment I can give. The decorating style is completely accessible, going for charm over perfection, and the recipes are fantastic. The relief chocolate method is also within an amateur's reach, and it such a creative and original method that the author deserves an award for it alone.

The philosophy of this book is that everyth
Apr 15, 2008 Rikelle rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book for anyone who is interested in cake design. I have used melting chocolate for designs before but this book opened up so many possiblities to me. I particularly love the snowman scene design in the book. I have lifted many designs in this book for my own cakes and they are always a big hit!
Feb 22, 2009 Karen rated it it was amazing
This book is full of fun, beautiful cakes with complete instructions on how to do them yourself. I love beautiful cakes, but can't bring myself to cover a delicious cake with bad tasting fondant. These authors agree and just use buttercream and colored chocolate. It inspired me to try some of the colored chocolate designs. The safari animals are adorable and will be decorating my great-grand daughter's 1st birthday cake. After getting this book from the library, twice, I had to buy my own copy. ...more
Jan 09, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite EYE CANDY books. I saw the mom and daughter team on a morning show several years ago and got this book from the library. I loved it so much that I bought it. Really, I like just browse through the book. The recipes are delicious and full of butter and other goodies.
I'm not much of a cake decorator, but I did try using their method a few years ago with piping melted chocolate into a design and for not being an artist, I was pleased with the Little Einsteins rocket that
Dec 31, 2007 Kate rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Aspiring cake bakers & decoraters
Shelves: cookbooks
This book contains the most consistently good scratch-cake recipes that I have found so far. Every recipe is delicious, and they take a more free-form perspective on decorating, so it's more fun than work to replicate any of their cakes.

Beautiful pictures, excellent instruction. If you've had any desire to learn to bake a cake from scratch, or to try some "fancy" decorating, this book will be the most fun way to do it.
Feb 15, 2011 Robin rated it it was amazing
Can I give this book more than 5 stars? It's that good. Her buttercream was a dream come true for me. I was always afraid to try Italian buttercream because of the cooked sugar syrup. Candy making scared me to death. But her recipe is based on time, not a specific temperature and it works! Every time! Her cake recipes are very good also. They've become my standard cakes that I use in my business.
Jul 17, 2007 Claire rated it really liked it
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I really love this cookbook. I appreciate that she makes the most amazingly beautiful cakes without sugarpaste or fondant - just painted chocolate. I've wowed so many friends and family members just doing polka dot cakes. THe chocolate glaze recipe is delicious too. The only recipe I don't love so far is the vanilla cupcake one - they turn out way too dense and dry for my liking.
Mar 19, 2016 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I am an amateur baker and successfully baked and decorated the firefly cake in this cookbook! The recipes are delicious and were very easy to follow. Lots of great photographs throughout the book, too! This book is a feast for the eyes and as sweet as can be!
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May 05, 2015 Petar X rated it really liked it
Although I don't bake myself, I love Food Network's Ace of Cakes. So this book is just food porn to me, especially since I love eating icing, which is the main concentration of the book, rather than the cake within.
Apr 03, 2010 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delicious and beautiful. This is my new go to for all things cake! I've gained five pounds from eating cakes from this book, but they are scrumptious. If you only buy one baking cookbook, this should be it.
Jan 09, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Made my daughter's first birthday cake from this cookbook and it got rave reviews - from how it looked to how it tasted.
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