There's just something about home baked treats that makes them stand out to me. For as long as I can remember, holidays and special occasions have always involved some type of home baked dessert. My grandmother made pies of all sorts and my mother always had tons of cookies available. Around the holidays, the desserts included yummy things like cakes, cheesecakes, and tarts as well. It should come as no surprise that as I got older and had my own home and family, I began to do my own baking. While I love all sorts of cooking, baking delicious desserts has always been one of my favorites.
Cake Magic by Kate Shirazi is a cookbook any dessert lover will appreciate. Don't let the title fool you, Cake Magic features much more than your traditional cake. In addition to your typical frosted cakes, you will also find things like cheesecake, panettone, loaf cake, and brioche. I can pass up a chocolate cake in a heart beat but put a panettone in front of me and I loose all willpower.
For those of you who may not be expert cake makers, Cake Magic starts off with an introduction to cake making. The author will explain all about the different types of cake tins, when you can be flexible about the one you choose, and when you cannot. You'll also learn why you should grease even a non stick cake pan. Cake Magic also introduces you to the typical ingredients needed in cake making, how to test for doneness and trouble shooting. When I first began baking, I was frustrated when my cakes didn't come out the way the book said they should but I had no idea why. This section will explain what you need to know.