Nov 10, 2010

A World of Cake + International Bake-off

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds

I’m sure you all would suspect this, but I have collected a lot of baking books over the years.  Every time I go to a book store to get something for my kids or myself, my eyes start wandering over to the baking section.  Well, this weekend was no different.  I went into Barnes & Noble to get something for my older son and ended up finding “A World of Cake” by Krystina Castella.  It was sitting on the sales table and I had never seen this book before.  At first glance, I went on a sweet journey and knew I needed this book in my collection.  I loved reading about the history of desserts from all over the world.  From England (Queen Mother Cakes) to Australia (Lamingtons), each page is a virtual sweets retreat.

Reading this book inspired me to reach out to you.  I always love seeing pictures of tables that all of you are creating around the world.  Often, you have candy shipped from the States to create your tables.  After reading this book, I’m inspired to see you all create dessert tables or just desserts (without the whole set up) of your traditional desserts.  I would LOVE to see the delicacies that are traditional to your countries and celebrate your heritage and the stories behind them.  If you are from Japan, you can make mochi rice cakes.  If you’re from Mexico you can make churros.  If you are from India, you can make Gulab Jamun.  If you’re from Oklahoma you can make Cherokee Wild Huckleberry Cake.  The list goes on.  You can start sending right away and for the next few weeks I’ll post your traditional sweet treats and the stories behind them.  What do you all think?  Who would be game?

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