Zoë Bakes Cakes: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Favorite Layers, Bundts, Loaves, and More [A Cookbook] by Zoë François

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  • Chocolate ganache bundt cake

    • Astrid5555 on March 21, 2021

      This cake is the perfect chocolate cake for chocolate lovers. Easy and quite quick to make. Made only a quarter of the ganache recipe since I did not have enough chocolate left, was also quite ok.

    • et12 on May 02, 2021

      Very Chocolatey and delicious! I accidentally forgot to incorporate the last third of the flour/cocoa mixture into the batter before putting it into the oven but it still came out great, although probably a bit more like a brownie then the author intended.

  • Brown butter Genoise

    • Astrid5555 on May 02, 2021

      Love the brown butter taste, comes out perfect!

  • Angel food cake

    • Astrid5555 on April 07, 2021

      I just made this cake because I had 12 leftover egg whites from previous baking projects and I did not expect much in terms of flavor. To my big surprise adding raspberries to an angel food cake is genius. This makes an otherwise unassuming cake pop with little flavor bursts and looks really pretty when you cut into the cake. Don‘t skimp on the raspberry whipped cream either, excellent also on its own!

  • Pavlova roulade

    • Astrid5555 on May 03, 2021

      This is a showstopper of a dessert, but actually quite quick to make and can even be done ahead and assembled when needed. Made an oven-roasted strawberry-rhubarb compote as a filling and topping for the perfect spring experience. If you haven‘t made a Pavlova roulade before check out Zoe’s instagram account for a video on how to bake it.

  • Raspberry charlotte royale

    • Astrid5555 on April 02, 2021

      This is an impressive looking showstopper, but quite quick and easy to make. Made this cake for a small pre-Easter lockdown outdoor gathering and it got rave reviews.

  • Rhubarb upside-down cake

    • EmilyR on March 28, 2021

      recipe here : https://www.tastecooking.com/recipes/rhubarb-upside-down-cake/

  • Chocolate-peanut butter cake

    • EmilyR on March 28, 2021

      recipe here : https://www.tastecooking.com/recipes/chocolate-peanut-butter-cup-cake/

  • Olive oil-chiffon cake

    • EmilyR on March 28, 2021

      recipe here : https://www.tastecooking.com/recipes/olive-oil-chiffon-cake/

  • Pavlova

    • EmilyR on March 28, 2021

      recipe here : https://www.tastecooking.com/recipes/pavlova-2/

  • Pineapple upside-down cake

    • Lepa on April 01, 2021

      This is really delicious cake. Definitely use the baking sheet under the cake pan, as there was a mess. The pineapple stuck to the pan when I turned it out but I just stuck it onto the cake and it was fine.

  • Blueberry muffin cake

    • lou_weez on March 28, 2021

      This was delicious!!! I put in more fruit than the recipe stated (I think about 400g) so my fruit to cake ratio was a bit out, but we still loved it. The crumble topping was amazing and added crunch and sweetness.

  • Boston cream pie

    • bwhip on April 19, 2021

      This was pretty perfect in every way. Cake was delicious, and nicely firm to support weight of layers. Pastry cream (lightened a bit with some whipped cream) was delicious and also just the right thickness. Ganache was also just right. Cake recipe makes three layers, so I froze one for later use. I scaled ganache recipe, since it makes three cups and I only needed one to top the cake.

  • Cranberry-Grand Marnier upside-down cake

    • j.va on May 01, 2021

      Really spectacular cake, with a remarkable fluffy texture. Don't think about skipping or shortening the 5 minute creaming of the butter and the sugar...I am convinced it makes a difference. I used a mix of frozen and fresh cranberries for mine. I made mine with Diamond Crystal Kosher salt, and might add a touch more to my next bake. Gorgeous ruby red fruit top...served with orange whipped cream.

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  • Eat Your Books

    A true masterpiece of epic cake proportions.

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  • ISBN 10 1984857371
  • ISBN 13 9781984857378
  • Published Mar 16 2021
  • Format eBook
  • Page Count 272
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Ten Speed Press

Publishers Text

The expert baker and bestselling author behind Zoë Bakes explores her favorite dessert--cakes!--with more than 100 recipes to create flavorful and beautiful layers, loafs, bundts, and more.

Cake is the ultimate symbol of celebration, used to mark birthdays, weddings, or even just a Tuesday night. Yet too many people use chemical-laden mixes even though a cake is so easy to make from scratch and infinitely more fun to share. In Zoë Bakes Cakes, bestselling author Zoë François demystifies the craft of cakes with more than 100 easy-to-use recipes, showing how to get gorgeous confections on the table to mark any occasion, big or small.

In the opening chapter, Zoë explores the techniques and tricks of cake baking, using step-by-step photos to break down baking fundamentals like creaming butter and sugar and whipping egg whites, making it easy to follow along. In the following chapters she gives simple, straightforward recipes for loaf cakes, layers, fillings, frostings, and more--including treats like Apple Cake with Honey-Bourbon Glaze, Lemon Curd Pound Cake, Coconut Candy Bar Cake, and Chocolate Devil's Food Cake. There's even a tutorial on how to make a wedding cake from scratch, complete with constructing the layers.

With Zoë's encouragement, as well as her lighthearted approach, delicious homemade cake is within reach for any celebration imaginable.

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