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Enlightened Cakes: More Than 100 Decadently Light Layer Cakes, Bundt Cakes, Cupcakes, Cheesecakes, and More, All with Less Fat and Fewer Calories Hardcover – June 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581826265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581826265
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Calories? Who needs them? These slim, svelte cakes are pure bliss! Using bold spices, fresh ingredients, healthy fats and oils and even real sugar, culinary whiz Camilla Saulsbury has done the seemingly impossible: she's created healthier versions of everyone's favorite cakes without sacrificing flavor or texture. From Red Velvet Cupcakes to New York Cheesecake, these guilt-free treats are delicious, easy to make, low in calories and, remarkably, no more than 10 grams of fat per serving! In addition to trim twists on classic favorites--Strawberry Shortcake, Pound Cake, even molten Chocolate Cake--unforgettable confections like Chocolate Chipotle Cake are sure to add a sweet and spicy kick to any celebration. --The Good Cook, Summer 2008

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Life is filled with countless little pleasures--cake is one of the very best of them.

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.


More About the Author

Camilla Saulsbury is a freelance food writer, recipe developer and cooking instructor. Her culinary focus is translating food and flavor trends into fresh, innovative, and delicious recipes for the home kitchen.

Camilla has been involved in the world of food for almost 20 years, including catering specialty desserts in the San Francisco Bay Area, writing cookbooks and freelance food articles, and developing recipes for national food companies. Further, she has won several of the country's top cooking competitions, including the $100,000 National Chicken Cook-Off, the $50,000 Build a Better Burger Contest, the Food Network's $25,000 Ultimate Recipe Showdown (Cookies Episode), and Top Chef Desserts $5000 Viewer Challenge.

Camilla's interest in food is also academic. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University with a specialization in food studies.

Camilla is the author of 20 cookbooks, published by Robert Rose Publishing, Sourcebooks and Turner Publishing and has worked as the brand ambassador for several multinational food companies.

Camilla has a second professional and personal passion: fitness. She has been teaching a wide range of fitness classes for almost two decades, including, but not limited to, pilates, yoga, spinning, kickboxing, strength training and step aerobics. Additionally, she trains for and competes in endurance fitness events. Her fitness philosophy mirrors her cooking philosophy: balanced, practical and simplified.

Camilla has made multiple appearances on the Food Network, has been featured in the New York Times, made appearances on Today, Good Morning America-Health, BetterTV and QVC, and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). Her work has appeared in such magazines as Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking Light, Woman's Day, Woman's World, Cosmo Girl, Quick & Simple, Country Woman, Sunset, Cook's Country, and Vegetarian Times.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DS on June 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love this cookbook. For a long time I've been playing around with dessert recipes, tweaking them to make them healthier, so I was excited to find this book that had all the work done for me. I literally want to make every recipe in here - so many sound good! I have already made 4 recipes out of here and they have all been delicious - the Mayan Chocolate cupcakes and pumpkin pound cake are my favorites so far. There are several small but fantastic photos and the recipes are easy to follow. There's a good section on baking tips and tricks too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. D. on March 2, 2011
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I've made several cakes from this book. They all have tasted great but the only 'lightened' thing in the recipes seems to be low fat evaporated/condensed milk and low fat cream cheese. I was expecting more drastic ways to reduce the calories. I can replace regular ingredients in any of my other cookbooks and make them as 'light' as the cakes in this book. It has great ideas and interesting combinations of flavors as well as traditional cakes which makes it a well rounded book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By norma j fox on October 25, 2013
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This cookbook has lots of varying types of cakes from simple to more complex. Easy to find ingredients and easy to follow instructions.
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