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Baked Occasions: Desserts for Leisure Activities, Holidays, and Informal Celebrations Hardcover – October 7, 2014
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The only major difference in terms of style with this cookbook is the fact that there's no paper cover for the hardback. Otherwise, they go through all the kitchen tools and ingredients you'll need, including their specific preferences for certain brands in a few cases, with sourcing options at the end of the book. As before, each section has an overall story at the beginning, and then there's a cute little blurb in front of each individual recipe. Some of these recipes are quite complicated and may span several pages, but they have included notes with options for reducing the time (coconut sheet cake) or replacing a hard-to-find ingredient (purple yam in the Gonzo cake)
I was worried that there would be some "too similar" recipes, because how creative can two people be with four cookbooks in six years and lives to carry on? While there are definitely some obvious elements that are repeated across the four books, the recipes presented here are fresh and intriguing takes on their previously-established favorite ingredients (booze, coconut, chocolate, lemon, caramel, etc), with a couple completely different entries (Meat and cheese utopia easter pie). The inclusion of a vegan option - Hippie (chocolate) Cake is really nice to see. My lactose-free roommate is very excited.
In all, Baked Occasions offers roughly 24 cake recipes, 20 cookie recipes, 4 cupcake recipes, 3 bar recipes, 2 pancake recipes, and some miscellaneous recipes for things like pie, pudding, pop tarts, ice cream sandwiches, trifle, tiramisu, caramel corn balls, rice crispy "cake", and shortcakes. There are photographs for almost every single entry, and each one is stunning.
I made the black cocoa bundt cake today (I do love chocolate) even though it is not Father's Day, and my co-worker asked me to marry him. Seriously, these recipes are that good. Do yourself a favor, and buy this book.