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Rose Levy Beranbaum
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Book Description

September 22, 2009
This comprehensive guide will help home bakers to create delicious, decadent, and spectacularly beautiful cakes of all kinds with confidence and ease. With her precise, foolproof recipes, Rose shows you how to create everything from Heavenly Coconut Seduction Cake, Golden Lemon Almond Cake, and Devil's Food Cake with Midnight Ganache to Orange-Glow Chiffon Layer Cake, Mud Turtle Cupcakes, and Deep Chocolate Passion Wedding Cake.

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At last an all-new, full-color cake lover's companion from Rose Levy Beranbaum, The Diva of Desserts!

Rose Levy Beranbaum is a much beloved and widely respected baking legend-"a worshiped woman . . . revered by serious cooks and part-timers" alike, in the words of USA Today. Eagerly-awaited by her legions of devoted fans, Rose's Heavenly Cakes is a must-have guide to perfect cake-baking from this award-winning master baker and author of The Cake Bible, one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time.

This comprehensive guide will help home bakers to create delicious, decadent, and spectacularly beautiful cakes of all kinds with confidence and ease. With her precise, foolproof recipes, Rose shows you how to create everything from Heavenly Coconut Seduction Cake, Golden Lemon Almond Cake, and Devil's Food Cake with Midnight Ganache to Orange-Glow Chiffon Layer Cake, Mud Turtle Cupcakes, and Deep Chocolate Passion Wedding Cake.

Rose's Heavenly Cakes

  • Features Rose's trademark easy-to-follow, expertly tested (and retested) recipes for perfectly delicious results every time
  • Offers over 100 simply wonderful recipes for cakes for every occasion-from exceptionally delicious butter and oil cakes, sponge cakes, and mostly flourless cakes and cheesecakes, to charming baby cakes and elegant wedding cakes
  • Features special tips and tricks from a beloved baking expert for creating amazing special effects and beautiful cake decor
  • Contains 100 tempting full-color photos

Visit Rose Levy Beranbaum at realbakingwithrose.com and learn basic baking techniques with her, including measuring, preparing, and mixing ingredients to make cakes and creating decorations to dress them up.

Everything you need to create heavenly cakes-every time-can be found in this new collection of tried-and true recipes by one of the most celebrated bakers of our time.

Recipe Excerpts from Rose's Heavenly Cakes


Baby Lemon Cheesecakes

Whipped Cream Cake

Rose Red Velvet Cake

From Publishers Weekly

Beranbaum, specialist of baked goods that make people's eyes light up, tops her renowned The Cake Bible with an updated, modern collection of delicious confections. Bakers who have already dog-eared every page of that earlier book need not worry: this is far from a duplicate, with only the occasional repeat or adaptation. The recipes range from towering creations for weddings and other special events to baby cakes for bite-size indulgence, and from the simplest apple upside-down cake and yellow butter cupcakes to the elegant rose-shaped genoise and the stunning holiday pinecone cake. Beranbaum goes into great detail in her recipe instructions, yet still manages to keep the lengthy guidelines friendly, accessible and unintimidating, whether she is describing how to make a whipped ganache topping or beurre noisette, an integral part of her delicate array of financiers. Chocolate, fruit, cream, spun sugar: Beranbaum enlists the best ingredients (which she reviews in a helpful glossary) to create knockout cakes, and with her patient, meticulous description of the measurements and process, anyone with a good mixer and spatula, some time and determination will be able to turn out impressive sweet sensations. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (August 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471781738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471781738
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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133 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic cookbook....................... September 25, 2009
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Rosie, Rosie, Rosie!! You are a queen upon a very special pedestal which has very few equals! And anyone who possesses this tome of baking knowledge will absolutely agree! Rose Levy-Beranbaum has outdone herself in her latest offering of baking excellence! Where her "Cake Bible" was a standard for many years, this has outdone even that book!

The first time I met Rose was at a tiny little bookstore in Chicago many, many years ago. She was there for the signing of "Cake Bible" and she was the very first professional baker/chef that I had met on the beginning journey of my road to serious baking/cooking. She was most kind and gracious and I remember thinking of what a wonderful life would lie ahead for this sweet lady. Needless to say, her "Cake Bible" became a standard for many people but this latest offering from her talented mind is exquiste and is by far, one of the very best learning and reference books ever! Also, within the last couple of years, I have enjoyed her website/blog which makes her even more accessible for general or specific questions on baking. The journey she took us on while making this wonderful new book was a joy to follow.

It is a large, heavy, detailed book of cakes, cupcakes, bars, baby-size cakes with excellent photography, all printed on heavy, high-end paper to for which you would expect of books of this quality. Immediately at the introduction of each recipe, you have the serving size and baking time, followed by a brief synopsis of what she feels is the essence of that particular recipe. Then the "Batter" ingredients are laid out in a graphic form in which you are given the ingredients, with the Volume listed next to it, then the Weights of each ingredient, in both American and Metric form.
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153 of 160 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. Superb. Superb September 18, 2009
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Buy this book now.

I cannot believe how good this book is. I wish there were more than 5 stars.

Once again Rose has produced an authoritative yet fun book that is beautiful in every sense and that is just as suited to the novice as to the expert.

Last night I made two batches of two different cupcakes and they are the finest I have ever tasted. I am planning on making every recipe.

Almost every cake is photographed, which I know many people find important in choosing a cook book.

Check out Rose's videos on youtube, which show her preparing these and earlier recipes. The fact that she posts her work for others to learn from for free is all you need to know about Rose. She is passionate about baking and sharing her knowledge and love of cakes, not about becoming a rich "celebrity" cook.

If Rose is reading this, I'd like her to know how inspirational she has been to me, both in my baking, which has improved dramatically since I nervously picked up her cake bible, and in a general sense of striving for excellence in what I do. And that her Mahogany Buttercrunch Toffee has earned me several marriage proposals.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Cake Bible October 9, 2009
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I must first agree with the other reviewers that this book is yet another amazing book by Rose, but I believe there are probably many of you who, like me, own and love The Cake Bible (CB), but aren't sure if we *need* Rose's Heavenly Cakes (HC). My answer: while you probably don't need it, you will surely love it if get it.

Some comparisons:

Logistics:
* HC has color throughout, color pictures for most of the cakes, and good quality paper.
* HC keeps the ingredient measurements in three columns (volume, ounces, and grams), but the formatting makes it easier to read than CB.
* Most HC recipes are for 9" x 2" round cake pans instead of 9" x 1 1/2" pans (Huzzah! No more sticky notes all over the book with conversions for 2/3 or 1 1/3 of the batter!). Other recipes are for equally easy to find pans (such as 10-cup tube pans).
* She has omitted the pictures of the pans that go with the recipe (which for some reason I liked), and the picture of cake equipment (CB 446-447).
* The organization is different. Cakes and adornments are listed together. It's nice because you don't have to have three different bookmarks when making a simple cake as in the CB. The organization can make it a little bit harder to find recipes, especially for adornments, though. The index is good, but instead of going to the frostings or fillings section of the CB, you would need to look up Buttercream, Cream cheese-frosting, Curd, Fillings, Frostings, Ganache, Glaze, Whipped Cream, etc... It's not hard, but not as easy to flip through and compare recipes.

Content:
* From reading the intros, many of the cakes have been updated, and there are new ones such as gingerbread, German chocolate, and molten chocolate cakes.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for anyone who bakes cakes September 25, 2009
By Julie
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Whether you're a novice, an old hand, or somewhere in between, this book will make you a better scratch baker. Recipes run the gamut from fast-and-easy to more complex special occasion and wedding cakes, with photos for almost every cake in the book. These cakes are modern, with an emphasis on streamlined presentation and fresh, quality ingredients. Beranbaum tests and fine-tunes everything in her books meticulously- I have never encountered a failed recipe from her (wish I could say this about more baking books). She also maintains a website where she keeps track of any errors and will, schedule permitting, help out with baking questions.

To compare this book to the author's authoritative tome, The Cake Bible, I would say it is more approachable, more user-friendly, and much more beautiful. All the components for each cake are listed under one entry, so there is no need to flip around to different sections for a frosting or filling. Instructions are broken down step-by-step, making it easy to find your place midway through a recipe. And in addition to her elegant creations, casual recipes are also included this time around, from cupcakes to whoopie pies. Most of this book is new and does not overlap with The Cake Bible, although there are a few new incarnations of some of her more famous cakes, like the Orange Chiffon, which has been transformed into a layer cake, and the Baby Chocolate Oblivions, which are a cupcake-sized version of her three-ingredient flourless chocolate cake.

So far, I have made two recipes from Heavenly Cakes, the Whoopie Pies and the Swedish Pear and Almond Cream Cake. Both turned out incredibly well- I can't wait to try more from this book.
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Good book.
Published 13 hours ago by Alfred B.
5.0 out of 5 stars NICE!!!!
It is just what you would expect from Rose Levy Beranbaun. Beautiful, clear recipes and great selections.
Published 4 days ago by Vinnie's Mommy
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful cakes.
These cakes are incredible. I may never make one, but it is amazing to just read the book!
Published 16 days ago by Perk4me
4.0 out of 5 stars Good books, however
Good books, however, some of the recipes do come from the Baking Bible. So, if you are one of those that like to make own combination of cake bases and toppings, then perhaps the... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven on a Dessert Fork
The title says it all - heavenly. A spiritual experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Some of the best books I'e ever gotten.
Published 2 months ago by C. Yu
5.0 out of 5 stars Rose does it again!
Once again, I am enthralled with Rose's baking expertise and instruction. I had never made my own angel food cake, and my first attempt of the Chocolate Tweed Angel Food Cake was... Read more
Published 3 months ago by rubian77
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my wife liked the book it was wonderful
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gave as gift = the young woman loved the recipes.
Published 4 months ago by KatieB.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great baker
It seems all of her books are outstanding.
Published 5 months ago by Ellen S.
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Rose Levy Beranbaum is the award-winning author of 10 cookbooks, including the upcoming The Baking Bible (November 4, 2014) and The Cake Bible, now in its 50th printing and the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook of the Year for 1988. The Cake Bible was also listed by the James Beard Foundation as one of the top 13 baking books on "the Essential Book List." Rose also won a James Beard Foundation Award in 1998 for Rose's Christmas Cookies, and her book, The Bread Bible, was an IACP and James Beard Foundation nominee and was listed as one of the Top Ten Books of 2003 by Publishers Weekly and Food & Wine. Her most recent book, Rose's Heavenly Cakes, won the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook of the Year for 2010. She is a contributing editor to Food Arts magazine and writes regularly for the Washington Post, Fine Cooking, Reader's Digest, and Bride's. Her popular blog, realbakingwithrose.com, has created an international community of bakers where you can visit Rose Levy Beranbaum and join in the discussion on all things baking. While you are there, you can bring the author right into your kitchen as she demonstrates key techniques and shares trade secrets so that you can create perfectly divine cakes.

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