Sweet Chic: Stylish Treats to Dress Up for Any Occasion
Rachel Schifter Thebault
Ballantine, 2010 (2010)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
achel Schifter Thebault, author of
, is the owner and head confectioner of
. Which must be a marvelous, mouth-watering place. As we like to accessorize our outfits, Thebault shows us how to accessorize our baking. And what baking it is! Of the highest order. But it will not diminish our budgets or our talents.
hebault has developed recipes that can be used in several different ways. '
Take a base chocolate cake recipe and from that create anything from a traditional birthday cake to whimsical mini cupcakes to a romantic cake for two without having to stray from your comfortable cake recipe.
' Works for me. She says that the cakes and icings in this book can be mixed and matched in over fifty delectable combinations.
he fills her introduction with good ideas on serving these treats – as to proportion of serving sizes, for one – and urges you to use your imagination when making your sweet treats. By the way, these recipes are designed for a range of skill levels.
ext come the basics. Like cake pans. Now, that's a given. Chocolate, yeah! Cocoa powder. Vanilla and other extracts. A cake turntable, ice cream scoops, brushes, and so on. Sounds like a lot to accumulate, but once you have them, you're all set. Nothing but your own hesitation can stop you. Go for it! Jump in with both feet.
here are some wonderful recipes. Try the
recipe, which can be shaped by using an ice cream scoop. From the basic recipe, you can make
Chocolate Chip Cookies
White Chocolate Coconut Cookies
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
. (Now, we're talking.) Or the long-time favorite
. We now range from
– all of these recipes are easily doable and edible, will be received with acclaim, and are made from a number of basic recipes. By the way, they look scrumptious.
. Again, we're using basic recipes to create wonderful pastry. For instance, the basic
Devil's Food Cake
recipe can be used for
Mini S'mores Cupcakes
Rocky Road Cupcakes
Individual Mud Pies
as well as
Rich Chocolate Ganache Cake
he same holds true with
Cream Cheese Icing
. Section Three explains the ins and outs of
, with chocolate candies of all imaginings including
Double Chocolate Truffles
! I do believe I've gained a few pounds by simply reading this tantalizing new cookbook. And worth every ounce.
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