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Zoë Bakes Cakes: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Favorite Layers, Bundts, Loaves, and More [A Baking Book] by [Zoe Francois]

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"One of the most prolific and awarded bakers in America has hit it out of the park with Zoë Bakes Cakes. Zoë François walked into my life almost twenty-five years ago and I told someone at the time, that lady is a star. Now I think I might have undersold her. This is the only cake book you will ever need. Superb recipes, clear and concise teaching, and a treasure trove of inspiration for beginners and experts."--Andrew Zimmern, chef, teacher, and author

"Zoë François's love language is cakes. Studded, soaked, or stacked, she elevates the cake-baking game. From breakfast to birthday--and every occasion in between--Zoë's artful, yet accessible cakes are a revelation. If you're a master baker, an experimental baker looking to learn a few new tricks, orjust someone who loves eating cake, this glorious gem is for you."--Candace Nelson, founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes and judge on Netflix's Sugar Rush

"Zoë Bakes Cakes is a spectacular collection of cakes that are within anyone's reach, from beginning bakers to those who are looking to take their cakes to the next level. With the hows and whys, and lots of step-by-step photos from Zoë's kitchen, it's like having her right there with you, whipping, creaming, and swirling. This is the perfect baking book!"--David Lebovitz, author of My Paris Kitchen and Drinking French

"Not only is this book expertly presented with amazing cake recipes for any mood or occasion (I see Hummingbird Cake!) and technique tutorials to ensure the home baker's success, but it's a true love letter to cake. Zoë's personality and passion for baking and life will have you cranking up the music and smiling while you dance and bake, as if she were in the kitchen with you!"--Brian Hart Hoffman, editor in chief of Bake from Scratch

"There are few I trust as much as Zoë François to deliver recipes for astonishingly beautiful cakes. She has the knack of demystifying complicated methods as well as imparting her amazing knowledge in ways that will have you rushing for your whisk. From the simple to the sensational, Zoë Bakes Cakes will inspire novices and experts alike. Generous, warm, and instructive, Zoë's family favorites will undoubtedly become yours too. A joyous and delicious celebration of cake!"--Helen Goh, recipe columnist and co-author of Sweet

"Zoë François's book on cake is a must-have for every kitchen. Through her recipes and instruction, she is able to take intricate, complex cake creations and present them in ways that are straightforward and accessible to everyone--new bakers with much to learn, as well as experienced bakers with years of recipes under their belts."--Sarah Kieffer, cookbook author, baker, and writer at The Vanilla Bean Blog --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Zoe Fran ois studied art at the University of Vermont while also founding a cookie company as a way to earn extra money. She then traveled throughout Europe, tasting pastries along the way, and later studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Since then she has been a pastry chef at several Twin Cities restaurants and has worked repeatedly with Andrew Zimmern. Together with Jeff Hertzberg she wrote the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, which turned into a bestselling series. She created the Zoe Bakes website in order to share her passion for pastry. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Graham, and two sons, her best creations yet! --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08BKT1SSY
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ten Speed Press (16 March 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 118937 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 270 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Eimile Flannery
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing would recommend!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 May 2021
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Ania
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Reviewed in Canada on 28 April 2021
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Ana Laura Becker Ayrosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing recipes!
Reviewed in Brazil on 26 June 2021
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Ashani H.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book is as Marvellous as Zoe;nothing less !
Reviewed in the United States on 16 March 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book is as Marvellous as Zoe;nothing less !
Reviewed in the United States on 16 March 2021
I have been a “Zoe-follower” for so long and I have watched her IG live sessions on Saturdays. But when she announced her CAKE book(she has several others dedicated to bread with another author),I was counting my days till this point. THIS BOOK IS A GEM !

This book opens with the quick guide/jump-to section so the reader can skip her bio(spans across next 5 pages) and plan the sweet adventure! I love the ingredients section as she starts with critical and most of the time confusing ingredients for the homecook(chocolate varieties,dairy varieties and even egg varieties). However I wonder if I can buy 12 vanilla beans to make homemade vanilla extract. This section is followed by equipment necessary for cake baking and decorating.

Next is where you master the cakes with the section of “Cake academy”. And it spans across 32 pages!!! This contains various techniques a baker should be known for to make a great cake. And she didn’t share these tips in her Instagram as detailed as in the book ! I love the instructional photos as well. Seems so easy to follow even to an inexperienced baker( I consider myself as an intermediate skilled baker).

Then it's time we start to say oohs and ahhs over and over again !!! First wave of cake recipes are pound cakes,quick breads and bundts. As a strong opinionated ambassador of baking with fruits(I saw this in her IG videos and posts),Zoe has reserved a whole chapter for baking with fruits(printed as fruit studded cakes-upside down or otherwise). And she encourages baking with in season fruits starting with a blueberry muffin cake. And who's gonna stop me from trying a Cinco leches cake y’all ? Yes I said CINCO ! Oh I'm so excited !

Layer cakes,loaves and classic sheet pan cakes are the next chapter and I will have more respect for sheet cakes like never before from Zoe’s recipes.This section also features the book cover’s image;the hot chocolate cake ! And her famous pavlova with prickly peaks is in here too !

Last but not the least, the recipe set for “fancy cakes” comes ! Yes she said that ! It's all fancy when we want to impress that special person and the special occasion. Next birthday….Next anniversary or next special feel good ordinary day..Here lies some bespoke cakes !

Final two chapters are dedicated to icing.frostings,ganaches,fillings and flourishes(that’s what special about Zoe:her carrot peel candy,cool whimsical chocolate bark and candied hazelnuts).

You can own as many cake books..
And you can follow as many baking blogs or instagram accounts.. Or bake your forever favorite passed down heirloom recipes … BUT nothing is going to be as charming and serene like Zoe’s. She has this hard to miss captivative vibe surrounding us and the dormant baker in each of us is just begging to come out and bake ! And from what I saw… She has done the entire photography from her home(yes I said that seeing her IG lives). I don’t know its because of the COVID-19.But I felt welcome,included and feels like she is my friend who I can think and be happy about the bakes I do is from her. We all need this kinda warm baking book in our lives ! I'm so impatient to bake from this book !

I’ve received a free copy from Ten Speed in exchange for a free and unbiased review.
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Nancy G Carper
2.0 out of 5 stars I’m disappointed.
Reviewed in the United States on 6 May 2021
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