As an avid collector of cake related books, I am constantly researching, buying and reading everything I can get my hands on. In some cases, the material is repetitive, in others, it is original and fresh. This month, I have added four new books to my collection. The first is Rose Levy Beranbaum’s new ‘Rose’s Heavenly Cakes’. Author of ‘The Cake Bible’, Rose is considered a scientist, baker, decorator and all around cake Goddess. I use The Cake Bible religiously (no pun intended).  I have memorized the exact weight of a large egg, a sifted cup of cake flour versus a spooned cup of cake flour, and the trick to removing those pesky skins from hazelnuts. This new addition to my collection is beautifully crafted, full of colorful photographs and very detailed instructions (something we all love about our dear Rose). I absolutely adore this new book and know it will serve me well, just like it’s predecessor.

I also enjoyed numerous recipes from ‘Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes’ by Alisa Huntsman, Peter Wynne, and Tina Rupp. There are a variety of interesting recipes that call for mainstream ingredients, with a few exceptions. I tried a chocolate cake made with dark honey. While this isn’t a cake that would appeal to the masses, it was particularly interesting to me.  This afternoon I baked a total of five cakes from this book.   Yes, folks, this is how I spent my only day off, baking 15 layers of cake for no reason whatsoever.  I must say I was delighted with the results.  This is one of my new favorites!

‘The Art of the Cake: Modern French Baking and Decorating’ by Bruce Healy was recommended to me by my friend Beryl of Just Fabulous Pastries. I haven’t had much time to read through this title yet, but I can tell you that it’s definitely chock full of recipes for traditional French desserts. The book is quite extensive and goes into great detail. I can’t wait to dive into this book and give some of these recipes a try.

‘Desserts by Pierre Herme’ by Pierre Herme and Dorie Greenspan is a book I’ve been waiting to get my hands on for some time. While these desserts are not your typical cakes, learning to master these recipes is quite a feat. Yet another ‘to do’ on my list of countless recipes I must try out!

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These books are available from www.amazon.com.