I browsed through the new Cake Love cookbook at the bookstore the other day and was definitely intrigued. He's very informative, and the cakes look gorgeous, but the recipes use some exotic ingredients and some are quite complicated. Also, I've read some pretty negative review of the Cake Love bakeries cakes etc. Has anyone tried their cakes or used this cookbook and can weigh in either way? I'm just curious before I spend the money on a cookbook that doesn't have GREAT recipes. Thanks for any tips!
The only tip I can give you is to sign up for the e-mail newsletter at borders and barnes and noble, and buy the book when you get a good coupon.
I've heard the same review about the taste of his cakes, but only my tastebuds will decide for me. I suggest you look at it the same way. You may find his recipes a bit on the fringe because of the exotic ingredients, but as long as the base remains the same, any recipe can be tweaked to one's liking.
I just got the book today, but I haven't made any of the recipes. But I'm very excited to try them. I didn't think there were any real exotic ingredients and there are some really good ideas in the book for flavor combinations. One thing I liked was at the beginning of each section there are pictures of what that particular batter should look like when you are mixing it. I'm always wondering if what I'm making looks like its supposed to and now I will know. I"ll let you know when I try a recipe.
I bought the book as well, but haven't tried anything yet.
As far as his cakes...I visited his bakery and found the cakes to be dry as well.
Though I can't wait to get the book, I've unfortunately had the same experiences at the cafe and bakeries. I'm not writing him off by any means, though. I am hopeful that I have simply not found a flavor that I appreciate.
I listened to his demo at last year's Mid Atlantic Cake Show and he seemed like a wealth of knowledge.
Thanks for the replies! I appreciate the insight. I may hold off until I can hear some reviews of the recipes I hope they're great...they certainly look beautiful.