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Birthday cakes : recipes and memories from celebrated bakers
Kleinman, Kathryn.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
144 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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TX771.2 .K58 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TX771.2 .K58 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TX771.2 .K58 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Exquisitely illustrated with more than 55 color photographs, Birthday Cakes features memorable, celebratory cakes and birthday stories by renowned chefs, cookbook writers, and passionate bakers -- including the likes of Julia Child, Alice Waters, James Beard, Alice Medrich, and Jim Fobel. This elegant yet easy-to-use cake-making book invites us to celebrate everything birthday: the making and presentation of the cake, the warm glow of the candles, the whispering of a wish, and the heartwarming ritual of cutting and sharing the cake. Everyone will enjoy oohs and aahs when a Meyer Lemon Pound Cake is served, a beautiful, sophisticated cake that can be decorated with glazed flowers and long French birthday candles. A fabulous three-day cake-making extravaganza for the truly dedicated is Gayle Ortiz's Princess Cake, a Swedish sweet-sixteen tradition. For happy smiles all around, there's a simple, delicious chocolate cake dressed in luscious frosting, just like grandmother used to make. Sprinkled with fun ideas and tips for decorating, this collection of cakerecipes and personal birthday memories will inspire cakes so special friends and family will wish they had more than one birthday.

Author Notes

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kathryn Kleinman is an internationally recognized food and floral photographer. A James Beard Award winner, she is the photographer of eighteen books
Carolyn Miller is a writer, book editor, and award-winning poet living in San Francisco. She has written several cookbooks. Her mother always made an angel food cake for her birthday

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Pretty to look at and brimming with inspiring ideas on throwing a proper birthday fete, Kleinman's book could be equally at home on a coffee table or in kitchen. The book features 38 recipes for birthday cakes, contributed by such notable cooks as James Beard, Alice Waters, Tasha Tudor, Patricia Wells, Julia Child and others. The cakes vary from traditional to unusual, so parents looking for a kid's birthday cake will delight in Birthday Cupcakes, German Chocolate Cake and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, while sophisticated chefs will be happy to find recipes for Aunt Frances's Ricotta Cheesecake and Beno?t's Upside-Down Caramelized Apple Tart. Mini-essays by the contributors accompany each recipe, and a nostalgic theme runs throughout, as Robbin Gourley recalls her Aunt Florence's "prized and famous" Jelly Roll and Elizabeth Falkner recounts how her mother always made a Lincoln Log Cake because Falkner shares Abraham Lincoln's birthday. The recipes themselves are a mixed bag; generally, they're not very detailed and leave home cooks to figure out for themselves what instructions like "Roll the cake up with the edge of the paper" mean. The photographs and layout, however, are lovely. The Comforts Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese and Coconut Frosting is a pink and white fantasy; Grandmother's Chocolate Cake is divinely simple; and the Green Cake, with its shelled pistachios and light green icing, is exquisite. Kleinman (a food and floral photographer) and Miller (Chocolate; Espresso; Salt & Pepper) offer a picturesque meditation on an annual rite. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Food photographer Kleinman loves the rituals associated with birthday cakes, those special once-a-year treats that have such nostalgic resonance. With Miller, a cookbook author and poet, she presents recipes for about 40 birthday cakes, ranging from James Beard's White Mountain Cake to pastry chef Lindsey Shere's Chocolate Cake to Miller's own mother's Magic Spice Cake with Penuche Frosting. All are shown in full-page color photographs, some of them stunningly sophisticated, others endearingly homey. Each is accompanied by reminiscences from the baker/contributor, and there are sidebars on various aspects of birthday celebrations throughout. For all baking collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

James BeardMaida HeatterLaurie ColwinDonata MaggipintoMarion CunninghamGeorgeanne BrennanMaida HeatterRobbin GourleyJohn Martin TaylorAlice WatersAlice MedrichTasha TudorJames Villas and Martha Pearl VillasEmily LuchettiPatricia WellsMary Olsen KellyGayle OrtizBradley OgdenJulia ChildStephanie GreenleighJim FobelGlenn MiwaLindsey ShereRichard SaxKathleen Stewart and David LebovitzMaria Bruscino SanchezEloise KleinmanMarion CunninghamBeth SetrakianCindy PawlcynSherry Falkner and Elizabeth FalknerStephanie Greenleigh and Kathryn KleinmanFlo BrakerCarrie BrownStephanie GreenleighCindy Pawlcyn and Dorothy Pawlcyn
Prefacep. 8
Introductionp. 10
Baking Birthday Cakesp. 12
Decorating Birthday Cakesp. 20
Birthday Cakes and Memories
White Mountain Cakep. 29
Orange Chiffon Cakep. 31
Gingerbread Cake with Chocolate Icingp. 34
Aunt Frances's Ricotta Cheesecakep. 36
Heavenly Angel Cakep. 39
Frying Pan Chocolate Cakep. 40
Carrot Cakep. 43
Jelly Rollp. 46
German Chocolate Cakep. 49
1-2-3-4 Cakep. 50
Fastest Fudge Cakep. 54
Becky's Birthday Cakep. 56
Paw Paw's Birthday Caramel Cake with Caramel Frostingp. 58
Grandmothers' Chocolate Cakep. 60
Benoit's Upside-Down Caramelized Apple Tartp. 63
Grandmother Whitehead's Famous Texas Fudge Cakep. 66
Princess Cakep. 68
Old-Fashioned Banana Spice Cakep. 74
Le Kilimanjaro--Glace au Chocolat, Pralineep. 76
Meyer Lemon Pound Cakep. 79
Gold Cake with Grandma's Fudge Frostingp. 80
Comforts Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese and Coconut Frostingp. 82
Lindsey's Chocolate Cakep. 87
Pavlovap. 88
Cream Puffs with Lemon Fillingp. 90
The Elvis Cakep. 95
Magic Spice Cake with Penuche Frostingp. 96
True Sponge Cakep. 98
Beth's Very Berry Shortcakep. 101
Pineapple Upside-Down Cakep. 102
Lincoln Log Cakep. 105
Pink Elephant Cutout Cakep. 108
Easiest Hot Fudge Pudding Cakep. 110
Baby Cakesp. 113
Green Cake (Vert-vert)p. 117
Bittersweet Chocolate Pinwheel Cakep. 119
Birthday Cupcakesp. 122
Buttermilk Poppy Seed Bundt Cakep. 124
Resourcesp. 127
Source Notesp. 130
Bibliographyp. 133
Acknowledgmentsp. 134
Notable Birthdaysp. 136
Templatesp. 138
Indexp. 140
Table of Equivalentsp. 144