Fruit Cake: Recipes for the Curious Baker

Morrow. Nov. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9780062977458. $32.50. COOKING
Can there ever be too much cake? Food stylist Schreiber thinks not. A trained pastry chef, Schreiber pivoted to food styling with great success, including a stint with Martha Stewart (who wrote the foreword to this fun, inspiring collection of cakes.) The focus here is on cakes that utilize fruit, including typical cakes like applesauce cake and hummingbird layer cake but also cake-adjacent recipes such as Irish soda bread (technically made like a cake), guava crepe cake, and orange zucchini muffins (cake for breakfast). There are cakes for casual snacking as well as showstoppers, yeasted cakes, and true fruitcakes; in short, there is something for everyone. All recipes are in both standard and metric measurements; each dish indicates the complexity level along with the time and equipment needed. As befits a book by a food stylist, the photographs are beautiful.
VERDICT While Schreiber’s instructions are clear, they are concise; these recipes are technique-heavy, so this may not be the best choice for beginners, but experienced bakers will enjoy the quirky writing style and delicious flavors.
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