September 24, 2013
Introducing Our Newest Book, Martha Stewart's Cakes
I am very proud to announce the release of our latest cookbook, Martha Stewart’s Cakes. In one’s lifetime, there are so many occasions that call for celebrations, so many rites of passage that require “something special” – birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, engagements, weddings, showers, new jobs, retirements, and more. A homemade, home-baked, and handcrafted cake somehow makes these events feel even more joyful. But you don’t need to wait for a special occasion to bake a cake. A loaf or Bundt or coffee cake is just right for serving with afternoon tea, for bringing to a friend’s for brunch, or simply for snacking on. These “any day” cakes are just as memorable as those we bake and decorate to say “congratulations” or “happy birthday” or “bon voyage.”
Following in the tradition of Cookies, Cupcakes, and pies and Tarts, Martha Stewart’s Cakes covers the gamut of cake-making with more than 150 foolproof recipes and techniques that will keep you baking and embellishing all sorts of desserts – traditional and modern – for many years to come. These cakes are flavorful and unforgettable, made from the very best ingredients, well filled or frosted (or both), tender with a perfect crumb or delicate texture, and understated, elegant, or knock-em-dead gorgeous! Try some, try all. Your family and friends will adore you, and you will maintain that “hero in the kitchen” status we all strive to attain.
1 This is the cover of our newest book, Martha Stewart’s Cakes - a one-stop resource for cakes - birthday, chocolate, coffee, Bundt, upside-down, loaf, and more.
2 Applesauce Coffee Cake - Making this rustic coffee cake is a great way to use up an abundance of apples. Some are used to make an applesauce that's mixed into the batter; others are sliced and layered atop the cake before baking along with a delicious oat-cinnamon crumb topping.
3 No-Bake Spiderweb Cheesecake - This Halloweeen-worthy dessert is really just a supereasy cheesecake with a deep, dark cookie crust. Serve it at any time of the year without the spiderweb design.
4 Chocolate Bundt Cake - Guaranteed to satisfy any chocolate craving, this is an excellent cake to keep in mind when you have a houseful of guests. The ganache glaze makes it dressy enough for dessert after a special dinner.
5 Hummingbird Cake - This Southern layer cake features a crowd-pleasing combination of banana, pineapple, and coconut. The name's origin remains something of a mystery - Some say it's because the cake is as sweet as nectar; others, that it makes you hum with happiness.
6 New York-Style Crumb Cake - Make crumb cake from scratch just once, and chances are slim that you'll even think of buying a boxed version again. This one hits all the right notes - rich buttermilk cake topped with a thick layer of sugary, buttery, cinnamon-spiked crumbs.
7 Apple-Ginger Stack Cake - A down-home treat from Kentucky and its environs, this dessert is also known as Appalachian stack cake. The spice cake layers are filled with dried apple slices that are first soaked in cider for double the flavor.
8 Fresh Ginger-Molasses Cake - This Bundt cake is so easy and versatile, you'll want to make it all year long. It's equally delicious with fresh berry compote in spring, sautéed stone fruits (plums and peaches) in summer, apples and pears in fall, and lemon curd and whipped cream in winter.
9 Maple Cake - The incomparable flavor of pure maple syrup is reason enough to make this sweet treat; that it's also quick to prepare is an added bonus.
10 Maple Cheesecake with Roasted Pears - Cheesecake's comfort-food status makes it a wonderful treat in the fall. Add the seasonal sweetness of maple syrup and roasted pears, and you've got a dessert that's downright irresistible, and one that would be a welcome option at Thanksgiving.
11 Pumpkin Layer Cake - This spiced pumpkin cake is enhanced by layers of a delectably rich frosting that features cream cheese and goat cheese. Quince, available in the fall, has a fragrant, apple-like flavor. If you can't fine fresh ones, use pears or apples instead.
12 Flourless Chocolate-Espresso Cake - These days, everyone needs a good gluten-free cake recipe. This one is bound to be kept in heavy rotation. My favorite part - the rich chocolate glaze.
13 Vanilla Sheet Cake with Malted-Chocolate Frosting - Sheet cakes, long a staple of bake sales and potlucks, are easy to make and even easier to transport.
14 Chestnut Chocolate Layer Cake - Chestnuts are closely associated with the Christmas holiday. Here they make an excellent base for a rich and celebratory layer cake that's best served the day it's made.
15 Pumpkin Spice Cake - This cake requires no mixer for the batter or the frosting. It deserves a special spot in any home baker's collection of back-pocket recipes.
16 Cranberry-Orange-Walnut Tea Cakes - Wrapped in pink glassine paper and tied with waxed twine, these mini loaves make terrific hostess gifts, at holiday time or any time of year.
17 Devils Food Cake - This deep, dark chocolate cake is rich with sour cream and covered with pure white icing - undeniably decadent and delicious.
18 Mini Rum Bundt Cakes - It's about time that once-popular rum cake came back into fashion, and these petite versions are enticing reasons to make it so. Dark rum, aged in wood casks, is the most complex and the best for baking.
19 New York-Style Cheesecake - New Yorkers are convinced that "their" cheesecake is the best, and indeed, this dessert - said to have made its debut at a city delicatessen in the 1920s - is the picture of smooth, creamy perfection.
20 Pumpkin, Sage, and Browned-Butter Cakes - Pumpkin and warm spices, sage, and browned butter: Fall's flavor combinations come together to good effect in these miniature loaves. Browned butter strikes a nice balance between sweet and savory.
21 Lemon-Blackberry Semifreddo Roll - Here, an easy sponge cake is rolled around a frozen mousse known as semifreddo (in Italian, literally "half cold") Lemon and blackberries give it bright flavor and color.