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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (August 19, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804137684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804137683
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TooManyHobbies TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 2, 2014
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The book “Sweet: Our Best Cupcakes, Cookies, Candy and More” from the editors of The Food Network Magazine has some interesting recipes, but nothing I found tremendously exciting. Out of the 152 recipes there are 10 that I flagged to try. I’m not a big fan of ice cream cakes and cream pies, so that knocked out a large percentage of the recipes, and while I do like peanut butter, there seemed to be a lot of peanut butter recipes (8 in all). The pictures on the front and back cover also didn’t trigger my typical drool response to anything sweet. Probably because ice cream was such a major component. (Sorry I just don’t like ice cream cakes.)

But there were a few of things I loved about the book. There is a recipe index that includes picture of each dessert. The picture index makes it so easy to find your favorites. The Fake-Out Cakes were also very creative and amusing (I flagged 3 of them to try). But strangely the most interesting thing I found in this book wasn’t a recipe at all, but a chart on coloring frosting. Using just 1 cup of white frosting and the standard food coloring bulbs of red, blue, yellow, and green, The Food Network editors show you how to create a rainbow of unique shades. Colors like Cotton Candy, or Pink Grapefruit. Mango, Mojito, Dried Lavender and Pinot Noir. 42 shades in all. Amazing.
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This is a beautiful pastry book with gorgeous pictures. However, it is geared toward those who want to make sweets with a creative flair; such as cakes that look like potted plants and hamburgers. The instructions for each recipe are excellent as well.

There are a few simple recipes in the book but most recipes require more time to make. I decided to make the chewy chocolate chip cookies. This recipe actually required that I refrigerate the cookie dough between 1 hour and 24 hours (overnight). I refrigerated the dough for about 2 hours and it was easy to scoop onto the baking sheet. The cookies came out great and my boyfriend loved them as well. When I have more time I plan on making the blueberry buttermilk bundt cake which is another simple recipe.

Overall, I think this is a fabulous baking book for those with a sweet tooth and creative flair. Of course, there's no shortage of calories, saturated fat, and cholesterol in the resulting confection but anyone interested in a pastry book knows this. Also, time is needed to make these creations. The pictures are also astounding.

UPDATE: I made the blueberry buttermilk bundt cake and it came out great. I was going to forgo the icing but since the cake's only moisture is coming from the blueberries I decided to making the topping. Instead of the strawberries recommended, I used peaches which are now in season. One thing I learned from this latest recipe was to toss the blueberries with a little bit of flour so that they did not sink to the bottom of the batter. After slicing the cake, I noticed the blueberries did indeed stay put. Check the comments section of this review for a link to the picture on twitter.
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I am an unapologetic Food Network fan, so I was thrilled to get this book. This book is a simply glorious compilation of show stopping desserts.

And in true Food Network style, though they look impressive, the recipes are easy to follow.

The cookbook is full of gorgeous full color pictures of every recipe. It features cookies, cakes, fudge - it just may be the only dessert cookbook you need. The resident six-year-old and I went through the book and picked out some initial recipes to try. And it wasn't easy because everything looked delicious.

We made cookies and brownies (and they disappeared quickly after cooking), and yesterday made our pièce de résistance - a Fool The Eye cake that looked like a big bowl of guacamole! Now, I have to admit that I'm intimidated by those cakes, and this book has a few of them. There are cakes that look like burgers, peanut butter sandwiches and even cheese.

I shouldn't have worried. The instructions were clear and the recipe included photos of some of the important steps in the process, as well as the finished cake. The cake was gorgeous and impressive!

Finally, all the ingredients in the book are easily available in your local store.

This is perfect for the home cook who wants to bake an impressive and delicious dessert without stress!
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By ninenine on September 3, 2014
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This book s FUN! The photos are gorgeous and there are no recipes too hard for me to handle. I was excited about ths book because I love the magazine but I can't always remember which recipes I want to try are in which issues. I am a horrible cake decorator... I made the cheeseburger cake for my husband's birthday and it turned out GREAT!
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SWEET: OUR BEST CUPCAKES, COOKIES, CANDY, AND MORE is a new dessert cookbook from The Food Network. It is aimed at the beginner baker, although some recipes require more skill. (See the Fake Out Cakes, which you make to look like other things.) Some specialized tools like candy thermometers are needed for many recipes. For the most part, however, the tools and ingredients needed are simpleeci and common.

It is also a super pretty cookbook. Almost all of the recipes have a full-page photo of what it should look like. This means that there aren't a ton of recipes actually in the book, but they are done in large print, which is handy when you're trying to read and bake and the same time.

I particularly liked the little sections giving ideas on how to modify and jazz up recipes (such as brownies and whoopie pies). It's nice to have a little guidance on how to make the recipes your own.

The first recipe I tried was the Salted Caramel Thumbprints. These are basically a sugar cookie with some pretzels and dulce de leche for flair.

The resulting cookies were quite delicious. I found the base cookie a bit floury, but that is easy to adjust. I did cut the amount of pretzels the recipe called for, and I'm glad I made that decision - 1 c total was more than enough. I also added a touch less salt to the dough than called for out of respect to my family members with high blood pressure. The salt in the pretzels was plenty. I also didn't use a mixer, as the recipe calls for, because I don't own one. My arm strength did just fine.

I'm also impressed that the recipe made 24 cookies, just as it said it would. I find that recipes often overestimate how many cookies will be produced.

I'm excited to try some other recipes from this very pretty cookbook!
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