The Whimsical Bakehouse

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The Whimsical Bakehouse

Fun-to-Make Cakes That Taste as Good as They Look

By Kaye Hansen; Meredith Vieira (Foreword by)

Clarkson Potter, Paperback, 9780307587541, 160pp.

Publication Date: January 26, 2010


Three neon-bright layers of cake, tilted at a jaunty angle and adorned with edible chocolate candles; a Jackson Pollock–inspired cheesecake spattered with chocolate, caramel, and peanut butter icing; and a swarm of plump bees perched atop a rainbow of candy-colored cupcakes—these are only a few examples of the unfettered creativity at work at the Riviera Bakehouse. There, mother-daughter bakers Kaye and Liv Hansen turn out some of the most charming, refreshingly eccentric cakes ever to grace a birthday or wedding celebration.

Kaye and Liv believe that a cake should taste as good as it looks, so they skip esoteric (and inedible) decorations in favor of simple buttercream, flavored whipped cream, and tinted candymaker’s chocolate, covering their luscious cakes with amusing designs and gorgeous color that are easy to make and delicious to eat. The cakes themselves are no less enticing, pairing old-fashioned favorites like Banana Cake and Spice Cake with sumptuous fillings such as French Custard and Chocolate Mousse. Simple step-by-step lessons, illustrated with photographs, explain how to re-create Liv’s charming chocolate designs, from the bright polka dots that shine against dark chocolate glaze to the shimmering stars that adorn the enchanting “Starry Night.” Templates for the delightful designs allow you to adapt these techniques to create your own unique decorations.

With time-tested tips and complete information on everything from mixing colors to adjusting pan sizes, the Hansens explain all you need to know to get started. Whether you’re dreaming of an elegant Chocolate Apricot Pecan Torte or a three-tiered butter cake filled with spiked mocha cream and embellished with fantastical spring flowers, The Whimsical Bakehouse is the ultimate guide to creating delicious, showstopping confections that are completely original.

About the Author
Kaye Hansen is a self-taught baker who began her food career as a freelance caterer. In 1988 she and a partner opened the Runcible Spoon in Nyack, New York, and six years later Kaye took over Ardsley, New York's, Riviera Bakehouse, which she owns and operates with her husband, Peter.

Liv Hansen trained as a painter before turning her eye for color and composition to buttercream and melted chocolate. This is their first book. "From the Hardcover edition."