The Essential Cake Boss (A Condensed Edition of Baking with the Cake Boss) : Bake Like the Boss - Recipes & Techniques You Absolutely Have to Know, Paperback

The Essential Cake Boss (A Condensed Edition of Baking with the Cake Boss) : Bake Like the Boss - Recipes & Techniques You Absolutely Have to Know Paperback

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Everyone who works at Carlo's Bake Shop gets an on-the-job education on how to bake like a pro.

Now you can get that training in The Essential Cake Boss, a collection of Buddy's recipes and techniques that are the building blocks of his show-stopping desserts.

You'll learn to work with baking and decorating equipment, bake perfectly moist cupcakes and cakes, and work magical effects with frosting and fondant.

With Buddy's inspiring enthusiasm and stories from the bake shop told in his inimitable voice, The Essential CakeBossprovides you with the tools for making his most popular, signature creations.

A unique chart lets you mix and match cake flavours, frosting, and liqueur syrup to create your own personal trademark cakes.

Plenty of gorgeous, step-by-step instructional photos let you follow Buddy as he shows how to create his artistic flourishes and decorations.

An incomparable dessert education, The Essential Cake Bosswill become a beloved 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, The Essential Cake Bossis a rare treat-a fun, accessible guide to baking, all in a gloriously designed, fully illustrated package worthy of the Cake Boss's unique artistic vision.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages, colour illustrations, frontispiece
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Cakes, baking, icing & sugarcraft
  • ISBN: 9781476748023



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I received this book through the GoodReads First Reads program.I enjoy watching cooking shows on television. In fact, I have watched several episodes of the Cake Boss, because I love to watch how cakes are put together. It is amazing what people can do with a bit of flour and some eggs. When I read this book, the word that kept popping into my mind was "comforting." Buddy Valastro takes a quiet approach with his readers and eases them into the idea of being a baker. He explains that baking is a skill that can be learned with lots of practice. He encourages his reads to start with cookies and then eventually graduating to cakes. As I read the book, I noticed that I started saying to myself that I can do this!Although this book is a condensed version of Valastro's large book, The Essential Cake Boss feels complete and is surprisingly detailed. Valastro goes into great detail explaining what equipment a baker needs and why. In addition, he gives some great advice on baking in general. Something that made me quite happy is that there are a lot of pictures showing you what things are supposed to look like. The large numbers of pictures keep the number of written instructions limited, so none of the recipes look too intimidating.This book contains five cookie recipes, eight cake recipes (and additional recipes that build on these eight foundational cakes), and 10 frosting and fillings recipes. Additionally, Valastro shows the reader how to several different types of cake toppers (predominately flowers).My skill set does not include cooking; however, this book gives me the courage to make some cookies and maybe attempt a cake for the upcoming holiday season.