Maida Heatter's Cakes
Cakes are experiencing a renaissance, and the revival wouldn’t be complete without Maida Heatter’s Cakes, available for the first time in paperback. First published in 1997, Maida Heatter’s Cakes is a “best of” compilation of 175 of Maida’s classic, most beloved cake recipes originally published in her nine baking books. From an ever-so-lighter take on her legendary Queen Mother’s Cake, Maida’s self-proclaimed favorite, to cakes, sticky buns, homemade doughnuts, cheesecakes, muffins, ice creams, and sauces, this book offers foolproof recipes for novice and experienced bakers alike presented alongside charming two-color, line-drawn illustrated interiors.
C&B&R Featured Cook Janet, LaDue & Crew:
There are two different types of cakes: those made yesterday and those made today. Today’s cakes are predictable. They sit on a shelf in a box, until someone comes along and adds a cup of water, 3 eggs, and a smidge of oil. If the cook wants to break out his/her creative side, all that’s needed is to look to one side of the box, and voila! Creativity is added at no extra charge. Ingenuity has been taken out of creating our cakes and has been replaced with cloying predictability.
But if you are fortunate enough to stumble onto this book, you will feel like you stepped back into yesterday, to a time when creativity was guided by economy, flavors were of their true and given nature, and even the humblest of ingredients were chosen for their ability to transform.
Ready to try baking one of Maida Heatter’s Cakes?
We recommend starting with her recipe for Pecan Sweet Potato Cake.