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All About Cake

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  365 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Welcome to the sugar-fueled, manically creative cake universe of Christina Tosi.

It's a universe of ooey-gooey banana-chocolate-peanut butter cakes you make in a crockpot, of layer cakes that taste like Key lime pie, and the most baller birthday cake ever.

From her home kitchen to the creations of her beloved Milk Bar, All About Cake covers everything: two-minute microwave
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Clarkson Potter Publishers (first published October 1st 2018)
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Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fic, mmm-mmm-good
Anyone who knows me knows I love cake.

I also love pie, cupcakes, ice cream, chocolate, muffins, cookies...well, you get the picture.

All About Cake
is no ordinary cookbook about cake.

There's cake and then there's CAAAKKKEEEE like the ones featured here.

The recipes are wildly inventive and unique like the author; she explains her process and her instructions are easy to follow but...

Beware! Most of these recipes are seriously labor intensive and they should be.

They are showstoppers; they are
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic book and great recipes. This is basically a bigger continuation of the first Milk Bar cookbook- whereas that one focused on cookies and ice cream, in here you've got loads of cake in all forms, including the famous cake truffles. I've already tried a few recipes and can't wait to try more. The Pumpkin Pie Layer Cake was phenomenal, highly recommend if you love the idea of pumpkin pie but not actually eating pumpkin pie.

Her recipes are extremely accurate and you will get
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How many times have I thought: I'm a good cook but I can't bake to save my life? Like, so, so many times. Part of the reason for this being I practice cooking way more often and it's easy to get discouraged when baking. Curdle-y Italian buttercream, dry cake, or a host of baking flops and complete "Nailed It!" moments make me hesitant when it comes to baking. I probably shouldn't complain too much because people will start to point to my successes on Instagram. And, yes, I've had some great ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy making really good cakes and being very creative in the process, go get this book. Right. Now. In her first book, Tosi has amazing cakes, but they are pretty complicated and require a lot of time. With this book, however, she spans the cake world from mug cakes up loaf cakes to sheet cakes. There are a few repeat recipes from Momofuku Milk Bar, but not enough to not get this book. Your friends and family will love you.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and yummy-looking cakes. Not going to make of them but... very nice.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great book by Tosi. I really liked the corn and blueberry sheet cake. Other recipes from previous books are improved or made easier.
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cakes are my weak point when it comes to baking and I feel like I got some good tips. I'm also very excited to make an Arnold Palmer cake.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Tosi, past pastry chef at Momofuko and current owner of Milk Bar, came late to cake, deciding in 2005 she was going to come up with cake recipes that were flavor forward, amazing and not reliant on frosting for taste. Here she shares the recipes she developed that met her criteria. She starts with a pantry and equipment chapter that goes beyond talking about ingredients to providing recommendations of specific brands. This is also an informative chapter that explains that the unusual flavor in ...more
Katie Young
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This will be the year of cake, and I couldn't be more excited. I've already tried two of the three mug cakes and couldn't be happier with them.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
For me, it was a bit of a comical comparison to be baking from this book and Odette William's Simple Cake simultaneously. They're the same subject, yet couldn't be on more opposite sides of the spectrum. Aside from the "Hot Cakes" (i.e., cakes made in crock-pots and microwaved in mugs) Tosi's recipes are quite labor intensive ordeals: baking or whipping up four separate recipes (cake, crumb, soak, frosting) to then combine or layer them into a finished tiered masterpiece. No pressure popping it ...more
Kristina Goff
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was super excited for this book... I have the first momofuku cookbook and it was nothing less than revelatory. I am a hardcore Tosi acolyte. If we talk long enough to say hello to one another, odds are very good you will hear something about my most recent Tosi-inspired baking success (or failure).
But this cookbook kind of let me down. Its beautiful for sure, and I'm certain that the fabulous photos have helped me understand more about some of the textures called for in certain recipes (cake
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not a baker..................... But I liked the new and refreshing recipes that this book offered. Besides suggestions on ingredients for the baker's kitchen, the best tools and equipment were also listed and described. I will occasionaly perpare a bundt and I liked her suggestions. My favorite were the recipes for molten cakes prepared in minutes in an 11oz. cup. Great for a household of only two people. Liked looking at the recently popular naked cakes with many layers of goodness. She ...more
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
there are full page photos of pans n crockpots n mixers n tosi but not every cake i hate that
i've actually only made parts of recipes n the banana green curry cake (not as intense as i was expecting loved the black pepper butter please remember if measuring by volume n using mortons cut the salt in half tosi uses diamond crystal which isn't as salty she mentions this in the beginning of the book but not the recipe itself n it makes a huge difference from delicious to inedible n try to keep this
Jason Brehm
Mar 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is a beautiful book but I dont have confidence in the actual recipes. I made the Corn and Blueberry Sheet Cake and found myself with a cake batter coated oven. I followed the recipe and even ordered new baking sheets to make sure I was using the correct size. To make the corn powder for this recipe it will run about $12 if you order the freeze dried corn from Amazon. The book is fun to look at but save your time and money and dont make this recipe. Baker beware! ...more
Kris Springer
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All bakers should take a gander at this one. So fun to read, so interesting in terms of flavor matching and the science of cooking and the fun, insouciant tone of the author. I am going to have to make a pilgrimage to Momofuku Milk Bar when I am in NYC again. Some day I will make some of these amazing cakes and reach the pinnacle of cakedom. This would be a great gift for the baker in your life. That may be yourself, that may be me. I can assure you he/she will love it.
Danielle Burgsma
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoy Christina Tosis amicable and easy style of writing. However, I find her recipes less accessible. If you want to recreate Milk Bar desserts, she tells you how. But if youre looking for general tips and suggestions for getting your own creative juices flowing, I would recommend looking elsewhere. ...more
Diane C.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love everything Milk Bar in Manhattan makes, and now I CAN MAKE IT MYSELF! Rather dangerous. Christina Tosi breaks is down for you, and even presents her signature "sprinkles birthday cake" as an easy to make sheet cake. I will buy this book, and make cakes for birthdays with it for years to come.
Kristen L
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Definitely all cake recipes! All different kinds of cakes; I liked how she included mug cakes and bundt cakes. Really cakes for any season and any type you can dream of. This is a book for my shelves even though the recipes look difficult and have so many steps I am sure I will make more than a handful of these delicious cakes.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE Christina Tosi's baking style. She's creative and ingenious but totally relatable and inspirational. I read and baked my way through her Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook and was exited to try this book out. It hasn't disappointed. The recipes take time but they are all worth it. Christina gives you the skills you need to create your own combinations.
Pamela Sue
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Unlike the author I've always liked cake, actually better than icing. I also really like pumpkin pie which the author also doesn't like. To me layering cake, soak, frosting, crumbs, filling, cake, soak, frosting, crumbs, filling, cake, frosting, decor would hide the thing I really like- the cake! The only recipe I might try is the chocolate microwave mug cake
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting cake theories and intriguing recipes. I made a monstrous chocolate birthday cake based on this book and learned several techniques that will definitely up my cake game. Maybe about a third of the book is practical for the home baker who does not have unlimited time and energy, but all of it is a fun read. Recommended.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love baking and I love gorgeous pictures of cake. Of course, I don't think I will be able to make the recipes in this book but it didn't make it any less enjoyable to look at or read.

My only complaint was the large section dedicated to cale truffles.
Naomi Smart
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A recipe book about....drum roll....BAKING Cakes 🎂 Whew. This book is full of photos and wonderful recipes. I checked this out from the local library and already ordered my own edition to continue baking. I made the cherry cola bundt cake. Amazing.
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
All recipes given in grams.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookery
Pistachio bundt. Mint Julep bundt. Chocolate cupcakes.
Karen Gilmore
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amazing ideas, but the recipes have lots of ingredients that are hard to get your hands on as a home baker.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cannot say enough good things. Not all recipes are simple and quick, but they are all enjoyable to make and delicious to eat. This book is a staple in my collection.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting, but generally not my type of baking. I might try one sometime this year as part of my baking challenge though.
Brenna Sydel
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
10/10 Would Bake
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I want to make all of these!! I love this book as much as the first one. So many of these looked great.
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