Today is such a special day, because I’m launching my first book, Extraordinary Cakes.
Inspired by my travels throughout the world, Extraordinary Cakes has 32 cake recipes that range from simple to challenging. From start to finish, the book has been a 2-year journey to create, but it draws from some of the best cakes we’ve featured over the past 22 years at Extraordinary Desserts. Having to choose which cakes to include was a challenge since I wanted to include some of our most popular as well as my personal favorites.
In addition to complete easy-to-follow directions on how to create Extraordinary cakes, many of the recipes include tips on how to use just components of the full recipe to
make more simplified desserts such as pound cakes and chocolate mousse, as well as how to decorate cakes and desserts with fresh flowers throughout the year, and how to make delicious sauces that also add beauty and the finishing touch to every plate.
The book is published by Rizzoli and contains beautiful photographs by Ray
Kachatorian, which were styled with the help of my talented friends, Andre Jackson/Jack Price Design and Gail Baral. My co-author is Christina Wright from New York, who has co-authored four dessert cookbooks and currently works with Jacques Torres as his business partner on new retail ventures.
The recipes in the book are arranged by season to take advantage of the freshest ingredients and inspire home bakers to celebrate with cake all year long.
Lemon Praline Torte
Passion Fruit Ricotta Cake
Lemon Ricotta Cake
Strawberry Poppy Seed Cake
New York, New York
Banana Cream Torte
Yuzu Tea Cakes
Blood Orange Ricotta Cake
Holiday Yule Log
Raspberry White Chocolate Linzer Torte
Love is Chocolate (Chocolate Bread Pudding)
I hope you enjoy trying the recipes for yourself, and I look forward to seeing you at one of our book signing events over the next few months.