This is a cookbook like no other I ever read! It celebrates baking cakes of all kinds and especially festive cakes.
The book has what seems like hundreds of complex cake recipes. However, after reading the recipes over, I discovered that they are all relatively easy to follow. Therefore, we can all make cakes that look like a baker slaved over them for hours, days, if not weeks. But all it took is perhaps 15 minutes to put the initial ingredients together and then another 30 or so minutes to layer the cakes and put some frosting in between the layers.
Even the icing and top of the cake are made easy by Christa! I was always intimidated with complex baking. Mercifully, Ukrainian baking is relatively simple. But I am still on the look out to make easy cakes that look complicated. I would love to see the look on my family’s face when I pulled this off. And after reading this book, it is when and not if!
Christa Battistone has a wonderful background as well. She was born in Germany but migrated to Canada and settled in Waterloo, Ontario. She has a cafe of her own and sells her marvelous creations.
Good food is her passion. When she came to Canada, she was so impressed by how beautiful the cakes were. However, when she tasted the cakes, she knew in her heart that she could do better. And she did!
Also, she believes that we can influence anyone with good food and make them be impressed by us. Because she believes that love can be developed through the stomach. So, if you make good food, you will have people very happy with you and they will want you to teach them how to be a good baker as well.
What a wonderful book! I SO enjoyed reading this book over the holiday. I have taken note of a few cake recipes for my own cookbook binder. I will be trying to make these cakes for my birthday and my husband’s in March.
This is such a tasty way to start the reading year, isn’t it?