Cake Balls by Robin Ankeny and Charlotte Lyon

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Book Description

Publication Date: July 31, 2012

Authors Robin Ankeny and Charlotte Lyon started The Cake Ball Company in 2006, and it has quickly become the leader in the cake ball market. Perfect for both new and experienced bakers and all those who are sick of boring plain cakes and the cupcake trend, cake balls are bite-sized bits of moist cake blended with rich icing and surrounded in a beautiful chocolate shell. Cake balls are super-fun to make and the end product is cute yet elegant—not to mention delicious—making them the ideal dessert for parties, brunches, showers, weddings, and more.

Included within this tasty little cookbook you will find three cake and three icing recipes, for which all of the 51 cake ball recipes in the book are based on, troubleshooting tips, decorating and packaging ideas, and 45+ full-color photos throughout. Some of the tasty recipes include Southern Red Velvet, Triple Chocolate Chip, Gingerbread, Tiramisu, Carrot Cake, Strawberries and Cream, and many more.

Review –

Cake Balls and Cake Pops have become all the rage in the last year or so and this book tells you how to achieve perfect results with clear recipes and instructions and beautiful pictures.   If you enjoy making  Cake Balls/Pops  you will love this book.

Desserts in Jars by Shaina Olmanson

13355138I couldn’t possibly list all the cookbooks I have read this year but I will tell you about a few of my favorites.  Here goes:

Book Description

Release Date: June 26, 2012
Some desserts in jars are baked or otherwise prepared right in the jar, while others are spooned into jars. Either way, the sparkling and pretty vessel and the appealing treat it holds make for a beautiful presentation. Olmanson’s clever and cute desserts are at once playful and well-crafted, appropriate for a kids’ birthday one weekend (Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes) and a grown-up gathering, the next (Neapolitan Cakes). The book includes chapters on cakes, pies, crumbles and cobblers, quick breads and frozen indulgences like Strawberry Lemonade Granitas.
Desserts in jars are fun to make and, of course, to eat, and they are especially suited for gift-giving. They store, travel and stay fresh well, and even can be delivered with a lid on the jar and with gift tags, ribbons, and other embellishments. Olmanson devotes a special chapter to as-yet-unbaked mixes, with the flour, brown sugar, and so on attractively layered in the jar, a timeless idea now undergoing its own revival.
Review –
When I received this book in the mail, I couldn’t put it down.   First off, it has  a spiral binding which allows it to lay flat, next the recipes are simple and straight forward and use ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry and last, the pictures are great and show you what the end product should look like.  Here are just a few of the recipes included in this book:
Orange-White Chocolate Cheesecakes with cranberry sauce
Flourless Chocolate Cakes
Pull-Apart Cinnamon Breads
Classic Apple Pie
Peach Bourbon Pies
Macarons in a Jar
Cheery Almond Crumbles
Strawberry Shortcakes
Frozen Mudslide Pies (one of my favorites)
and many many more.
Go out and buy some jars and make desserts.