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And why wait for a special occasion? A triple-tiered lemon curd cake may be ideal for a birthday fête or bridal shower, but an impromptu batch of Mexican chocolate cupcakes is perfect for Sunday supper and a plum crumble cake is tops for teatime.
Now, armed with your copy of Enlightened Cakes, you can have your cake and eat it too, all with significantly less fat and fewer calories.
The development of lighter cakes for this collection---lower in fat and overall caloric content---took a considerable amount of testing and experimentation. While cutting back on butter and oil in cooking can be relatively simple, baking is a different story. With baking, each of the recipe's ingredients has a distinct, yet interdependent, role. Fat, in particular, lends cakes moisture, flavor and structure and cannot be reduced without altering the other ingredients of the recipe, as well as the assembly technique.
But take heart: lightening cakes is possible, and Enlightened Cakes is delicious proof. The recipes incorporate a variety of techniques and ingredient swaps for cutting back on fat and calories in a wide range of cakes. The goal was simple: create great cakes, all without compromising flavor and texture. The result is more than 100 irresistible cakes for every occasion.
Each recipe is unique and downright delectable; the results are every bit as irresistible as higher fat favorites--perhaps even more so. Moreover, each is a reminder that a cake needn't be complicated to be excellent. Whether you are a new or seasoned baker, you will find recipe after recipe that delivers impressive results, time and again.
There's even more to recommend these cakes. In every chapter you'll find plenty of nostalgic flavors--think chocolate, caramel, vanilla, spice, luscious fruits and, yes, butter--they're all here, just with lighter fat and calorie profiles. Included, too, are innovative twists and captivating new tastes, such as fresh herbs, bold spices, floral accents, even some sassy takes on those old favorites--all to provide you with an ever-growing number of contemporary options for your cake-baking pleasure.
Finally, Enlightened Cakes provides detailed ingredient information for stocking a cake-ready pantry, a list of different types and shapes of cake pans, and tips for storing your cake creations to preserve their flavor. Using the hints, your cake baking will be streamlined and stress-free.
This collection will inspire you to head to the kitchen to let the baking begin. The recipes will take you through every season of the year from more delicate spring and summer fruit favorites and deep into fall and winter entertaining with scads of spice-scented, pumpkin-plumped and cranberry-jeweled creations.