A new cookbook, “Cake Magic!” offers over 100 mix & match combinations of cake, fillings, syrups and frostings. I’m giving away a copy of the book; to enter, all you have to do is leave a comment at the end of this post.
And the author, Caroline Wright, will be visiting Salt Lake City Aug. 11.
Wright offers a simple five-ingredient homemade mix that is used to make different types of cake batter. Then, you have various flavors of frostings, fillings, toppings, and syrups to vary each cake.
If you’re wondering about syrup (I did too), the book explains that a flavoring syrup is the “professional baker’s secret weapon” that infuses the cake with additional flavor and moisture.
As a mix-and-match example: To make Toffee Cake, you use a Brown Sugar Cake, Milky Caramel Syrup and Malted Milk Chocolate Frosting. The same Brown Sugar Cake can be used to make Maple Vanilla Brunch Cake by using Maple Syrup and Malted Vanilla Frosting.
The Malted Vanilla Frosting, when used with a Root Beer Cake and Root Beery Syrup, becomes Root Beer Float Cake. The Malted Milk Chocolate Frosting can be used with a Coconut Cake and Milky Caramel Syrup to come up with Coconut-Caramel Cake.
There are a lot of creative combinations, such as Zucchini-Thyme Cake with Lemon Pudding Frosting, Banana-Maple Cake, Coconut, Ginger and Rum Cake, Carrot-Lime Cake, Maple, Bacon & Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake, Chocolate Orange Cake, Best Blackout Cake, and Drunken Tuxedo Cake.
This is a fun book for those who want to get creative with cakes. It retails for $17.95.
Wright is the author of “Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute Meals” and her work has appeared in Cooking Light, Real Simple, Rachael Ray Every Day, Women’s Day and other magazines.
She will be signing copies of her book at The King’s English Bookshop Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. The book store is located at 1522 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City.
To enter in my prize drawing for a copy of “Cake Magic!” just leave a comment at the end of this post. When I draw out the winner on Aug. 6, I’ll shoot you an email so that you can give me your snail mail address.