- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Clarkson Potter; First Edition edition (Feb. 19 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307382826
- ISBN-13: 978-0307382825
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.7 x 23.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 739 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,211,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Little Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse: Cupcakes, Small Cakes, Muffins, and Other Mini Treats Hardcover – Feb 19 2008
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About the Author
Kaye Hansen is a self-taught baker and the owner of the Riviera Bakehouse in Westchester, the bakery of choice for devoted customers from Albany to New York City.
Liv Hansen was trained as a painter before turning her eye for color and composition to buttercream and melted chocolate. The bakery has been featured in the New York Times, and the Hansens have appeared on Today, the Food Network, and The View. Both Kaye and Liv reside in Rockland County.
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The corn muffin recipe was delicious, and their decorations are phenomenal.
Just to give you an idea of the recipes offered, here's a selection. . .
Anytime Little Cakes & Muffins. .
Corn Muffins, Blueberry Muffins, Zucchini Muffins, Banana Muffins, Whole Wheat Blackberry Muffins, Oatmeal Muffins, Pumpkin Muffins, Coffee Chocolate Chip Muffins, Almond Coffee Cakes, Blueberry Crumb Cakes. .
Special Occasion Little Cakes
Strawberry Shortcakes, Raspberry Cheesecakes (miniature, of course), Falling leaves (melted candy painted to look like leaves!), Pumpkin spice cheesecakes, Matt's upside-down cakes (they look soooo delicious!), Nostalgic nibbles and Devilish delights (basically their nod to the twinkie and a chocolate counterpart), Make a wish cupcakes (their interpretation of their "mini" cake from their first book, only in cupcake form), halloween cupcakes, Pate a Choux nests and Pastry Cream, Wild Meringues, and Dulce De Leche, and more!
There are even 3-d Apple bushel cakes (the actual cupcake looks like a bushel of apples - so cute!), Flower pots (the actual pot is candy coating!), and there are directions on how to make your cupcakes look like several different flowers (gorgeous!), and then there's the 3-d Christmas trees, & the much desired Tiered mini cakes (one's a dragon - it's gorgeous, another one has a Paisley design, and the final cake is decorated in beautiful Lilacs.
And all of the frosting and filling recipes they suggest using are here, plus the cake batters. I think you'll find their books inspiring, easy to use, and fun to look at over and over again.
Also, the recipe for Kaye's buttercream is in here (it is out of this world!) and it's scaled down from the version in their first book, to make half a recipe.
I can't stress this enough, this is a miniature bakery book - think cupcakes, mini muffins, muffins, and single portion desserts. If that interests you, then you're going to absolutely love this book!
As a sidenote, as anyone who owns any of their three cookbooks can tell you, the photos are fabulous! You never have to guess what your dessert is going to look like, and the templates are included in the back of the book.
Just buy it!
It is a wonderful continuation of their original with lots of small cupcake ideas, muffins, etc. I actually love it more than "hello, Cupcakes!" because I feel like this one is a little more adult oriented. There are some wonderful ideas that I cannot wait to try on kids in the future in "Little Cakes" but it also covers a lot of muffin recipes and more adult mixes to make beautiful cupcakes.
It gives great decorating ideas, recipes and how to "fill" a cupcake - which I never would have thought of! Delicious!
For the reviews that are complaining about this book:
1) If you are looking for just completely cutesy (sometimes inedible by adults because there is so much icing) cupcake ideas then you should get "hello cupcakes" - very adorable, usually a little complicated to put together and tons of icing/candy. However, if you want something a little more artistic to make in a more classical "cake decorating" way - and still look and taste great - I think "Little Cakes" is the better option. Don't get me wrong - I think both books are great. I just think I'm more likely to use "Hello Cupcakes" for kids and "Little Cakes" for adults.
2) Some people have commented that the instructions aren't very good. Its true that I have found a few recipes that forget a small step or so (for example, remove the cupcake wrapper in the popcorn boxes) but its all really simple little steps that wouldn't be a big deal if you forgot, and if you read through the recipe ahead of time you would realize it was missing. Almost all recipe books miss steps here and there - this is actually one of the more complete books I've read.
3) Some people have commented that it doesn't explain how to do the decorations. I attribute this to the fact that this is sort of a "sequel" to The Whimsical Cakehouse. The Whimsical Cakehouse has an entire section on how to do every type of decoration (from writing to shells to flowers) in pretty elaborate detail. I think when they wrote "Little Cakes" they chose not to reinvent the wheel - so certain things (like the chocolate method and basic decorations) are just touched on because they presume you have already read the original. Having read the original first and being very new to cake decorating I had NO problem with the decorations.
I highly encourage anyone to buy this book - the recipes are just so creative and fun! Its not fondant and perfection like some cake decorating books but they sure are cute and sooo tasty!
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