Love is a pink cake

Claire Ptak

Book - 2023

"Renowned for the wedding cake she created for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Claire Ptak knows there's nothing like a cake when it comes to expressions and celebrations of love. A Chez Panisse alum, Ptak is a Northern California native who now runs the wildly successful Violet Bakery in London. Reflecting on her upbringing and love of in-season produce, she shares seventy-five sweet and savory creations, including huckleberry basil sugar scones, peaches and cream angel food cake, and a strawberry-coconut meringue cake. Her bakes are homey yet elevated, made with the best possible ingredients, so as to extract the best possible flavors. Included are gluten-free, refined sugar-free and vegan bakes, as well as the sought-after for the Duke and Duchess's lemon elderflower cake"--

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2nd Floor New Shelf 641.8653/Ptak (NEW SHELF) Due Jun 26, 2024
New York, N.Y. : W.W. Norton & Company 2023.
Main Author
Claire Ptak (author)
First American edition
Item Description
"Irresistible bakes for morning, noon and night from the founder of Violet Bakery"--Cover.
Includes index.
Physical Description
xvii, 268 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
  • Introduction
  • Tips to Make You a Better Baker
  • California
  • Mornings
  • Black Tea Poppy Seed Muffins
  • Blackberry and Rose Walnut Crumble Cake
  • Oasis Date Shake (VGN, GF)
  • Fig Tartlets with Crushed Almond Frangipane
  • Huckleberry Basil Sugar Scones
  • Whole Wheat Biscuits
  • Frog Hollow Farm
  • Afternoons
  • Big Sur Cookies
  • Blonde Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Rye Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (VGN)
  • Mustafa's Persimmon Brown Butter Cookies
  • Blackberry and Chilli Pepper Pie
  • Grape Slab Pie
  • Pink Apple, Lime and Bee Pollen Galette
  • Peach, Nectarine and Lard Pie
  • Pistachio Green Plum Cake with Candied Violets
  • Wild Fennel and Roasted Fig Friands
  • Lemon Meringue Pie Bars
  • Grey Salt, White Chocolate Matcha Blondies
  • After a Meal
  • Peaches and Cream Angel Food Cake
  • Basque Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
  • Late Summer Peach Tarte Tatin with Peach Leaf Custard
  • Poached Pear Pavlova
  • Sticky Toffee Date Pudding
  • Triple Cream Amaretto Cheesecake
  • Pear Eve's Pudding
  • Party Party
  • Stacked Blackberry Jam Cake
  • Coconut Pudding Cake
  • Roasted Plum and Brown Sugar Buttercream Cake
  • California Cake (VGN, GF)
  • Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting
  • Savouries and Holiday Treats
  • Cherry Tomato Focaccia
  • Popovers
  • Roasted Squash Cobbler
  • Whole Wheat Bread
  • Tequila Pumpkin Pie
  • Ras El Hanout Snickerdoodles
  • Tom and Sherry's Garden
  • England
  • Mornings
  • Fluffy Blueberry Muffins
  • Franny's Waffles (GF)
  • Choux Doughnuts
  • Old-Fashioned Doughnuts
  • Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts
  • Chocolate Violet Babka Buns
  • Fern Verrow Farm
  • Afternoons
  • Nectarine and Cherry Cobbler
  • Summer Pudding Sundae
  • Summer Pudding and Geranium Buns
  • Chocolate Almond Macaroon Teacakes (GF)
  • Double Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies (GF)
  • Chocolate Marshmallow Whoopie Pies
  • Apricot, Chamomile and Honey Scones
  • Strawberry and Whitecurrant Coconut Meringue Cake
  • Marble Cake
  • English Angel Cakes
  • Brown Sugar Victoria Sponge
  • Coffee Walnut Cake with Fernet
  • Jostaberry and Loganberry Matcha Cake
  • Bakewell Bars
  • Tahini Halva Brownies
  • After a Meal
  • Chocolate Cream Puffs
  • Butterscotch Puff-Puffs
  • Treacle Tart with Whipped Cream
  • Fig Leaf Grilled Red Peaches (GF)
  • Peach Leaf Ice Cream (GF)
  • Blackcurrant and Violet Sorbet (GF)
  • Greengage Ice Cream (GF)
  • Raspberry Loganberry Roulade with Mascarpone (GF)
  • Brown Butter White Peach Cake
  • Cherry Clafoutis
  • Rice Pudding (GF)
  • Raspberries Baked in Muscat Sabayon
  • London Flower Farmer
  • Party Party
  • Black Forest Gateau
  • Bubble Cake (GF)
  • Lemon and Elderflower Wedding Cake
  • Pandan Coconut Cake with Strawberries
  • Mocha Buttercream Tiramisu Cake
  • Savouries and Holiday Treats
  • Basil, Parmesan and Pine Nut Scones
  • Blue Cheese Buns
  • Mince Pies
  • Traditional English Christmas Cake
  • Pastry Doughs
  • Pie Dough
  • Puff Pastry
  • Lard Pastry
  • Sweet Crust Pastry
  • Rough Puff Pastry
  • Wholemeal Galette Pastry
  • Ingredient Conversions
  • Index
  • Acknowledgements
Review by Booklist Review

Former Chez Panisse pastry chef Ptak famously delivered Harry and Meghan's lemon and elderflower wedding cake at the Royal Wedding. The Violet Cakes bakery owner shares that recipe here, along with her love for pastries both flavored and colored by nature. Peach leaves imbue custard with almond flavor, and fig leaves give a coconutty aroma to some of the summer fruit recipes. Taking inspiration from her native California and adopted British homeland, her desserts run the gamut from more basic cobblers, angel cakes, brownies, and pastry doughs to sweets featuring complex flavors, like blackcurrant and violet sorbet, pistachio green plum cake with candied violets, wild fennel and roasted fig friands, and ras el hanout snickerdoodles. Grape slab pie, which calls for Concord or Fragola grapes that must be seeded by hand, "will take you a long time to prepare" Ptak writes, reassuring that "it will be so worth it to see the purple smiles of your very satisfied friends." Ptak's love for nature's bounty shines through in this collection for fans of farm-to-table baking.

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Ptak (The Violet Bakery Cookbook), the baker behind Prince Harry and Megan Markle's wedding cake, shares drool-worthy sweet and savory baked goods from her upbringing in California as well as her adopted, and adapted, favorites from England. The bakes are stunning yet achievable; the secret to getting a tender crumb for the four-layer blackberry jam cake is to blend fat with flour rather than first creaming it with sugar, while helpful process photos make the involved chocolate and violet babka buns approachable. Throughout, Ptak shares wisdom that will be treasured by home bakers: the addition of Anejo tequila complements the caramel notes in a pumpkin pie, muffin batter should always be under-mixed, and soaking poppy seeds in black tea releases their floral flavor. She also pays respect to the efforts of American and British growers, highlighting seasonal bounty in recipes for a galette flavored with lime, bee pollen, and pink-fleshed apples from a garden in her home state's Marin County, as well as a matcha cake made with jostaberries--a cross between gooseberries and black currants--produced by a biodynamic farmer in Herefordshire. Ptak asserts that "baking is, in its own way, a love story," and her own love shines through. This is a treasure trove. (May)

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