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Learn the professional's secrets to making cakes in Sensational Cakes by baker Sylvia Weinstock, with recipes like Classic Yellow Cake; Basic Buttercream Icing; and Almond Cake.

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Sensational Cakes

by Sylvia Weinstock

Sensational Cakes
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Sylvia Weinstock has been making stunning cakes that have captured the attention of celebrities, socialites, and even the White House for more than 25 years. Her ingenious designs sparkle with a creativity, authenticity, and spirit that are unparalleled in her field. For anyone who is looking to make a statement at their own celebration—especially brides-to-be—her cakes are the ultimate in artistry and taste. Now, with Sylvia Weinstock's Sensational Cakes America's most famous cake designer gives you an insider's tour of her world.

Weinstock's cakes are works of art in their own right, and in this gorgeous volume she shows that her masterpieces can be inspired by anything from a favorite antique to a child's toy, from a special fabric to a beloved animal. Whether they capture a peony-adorned hat or a vibrant Indian palette, whether they soar to the ceiling or take the form of diminutive Faberge eggs, Weinstock's magical cakes are always unique. Cascading calla lilies, red roses, and green ferns—all are startlingly lifelike, and entirely edible.

More than 200 luscious photographs show every step of her creative process, and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the artisanal workshop where she bakes and decorates her cakes and the fetes where they set the scene. For those inspired to try her cakes at home, Weinstock reveals the secrets to her classic yellow cake recipe, and her decadent mocha, raspberry, cream cheese, and lemon butter cream fillings. Sylvia Weinstock's Sensational Cakes delights both the eye and the palate with every page.

About the Author

Sylvia Weinstock is the grande dame of cake design, one of the first to use imaginative forms for wedding cakes-introducing butterflies and bees, for example, to brides who had previously known only flowers. Weinstock's cakes have been featured in publications ranging from Modern Bride to the New York Times. She lives in Manhattan.


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