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Snacking Cakes: Simple Treats for Anytime Cravings

Snacking Cakes: Simple Treats for Anytime Cravings

by Yossy Arefi


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Find sweet satisfaction with 50 easy, everyday cake recipes made with simple ingredients, one bowl, and no fuss.

IACP AWARD WINNER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Bon Appétit The New York Times Book Review EpicuriousTown & Country

“[Snacking Cakes] hits the sweet spot. . . . Cake for breakfast? Yes, please!”—Martha Stewart Living

In Snacking Cakes, the indulgent, treat-yourself concept of cake becomes an anytime, easy-to-make treat. Expert baker Yossy Arefi’s collection of no-fuss recipes is perfect for anyone who craves near-instant cake satisfaction.

With little time and effort, these single-layered cakes are made using only one bowl (no electric mixers needed) and utilize ingredients likely sitting in your cupboard. They’re baked in the basic pans you already own and shine with only the most modest adornments: a dusting of powdered sugar, a drizzle of glaze, a dollop of whipped cream. From Nectarine and Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake and Gingery Sweet Potato Cake to Salty Caramel Peanut Butter Cake and Milk Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cake, these humble, comforting treats couldn’t be simpler to create. Yossy’s rustic, elegant style combines accessible, diverse flavors in intriguing ways that make them easy for kids to join in on the baking, but special enough to serve company or bring to potlucks.

Whether enjoyed in a quiet moment alone with a cup of morning coffee or with friends hungrily gathered around the pan, these ever-pleasing, undemanding cakes will become part of your daily ritual.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593139660
Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed
Publication date: 10/27/2020
Edition description: Illustrated
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 6,403
Product dimensions: 7.99(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Yossy Arefi is a writer, photographer, and food stylist. Her first book, Sweeter off the Vine: Fruit Desserts for Every Season, was published in 2016. Yossy also writes the award-winning blog Apt. 2B Baking Co., which celebrates seasonal baking and preserving. Her work has been featured in publications in print and online, including NYT Cooking, Martha Stewart, Bon Appétit, Food52, Epicurious, Good Housekeeping, EatingWell, and more. She teaches food and photography workshops all over the world, and lives in Brooklyn with her partner, Pete, their cat, Abigail, and their dog, Arlo.

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So, what exactly makes a cake a snacking cake? I certainly didn’t invent the concept, and it depends a little bit on who you ask, but to me a snacking cake is a single layer cake, probably square, covered with a simple icing—or nothing at all—and it must be truly easy to make. It’s a cake that makes an ideal breakfast to-go, wrapped in a paper napkin, and a perfect little sweet to have alongside coffee in the afternoon.

These cakes are the kind of baking I love—they are low stress and don’t require much besides a reasonably stocked pantry, a bowl, and a whisk. These aren’t the kind of all-day project bakes you’ll see on The Great British Baking Show; rather, they are humble everyday treats that can lift your spirit and satisfy your hunger for something sweet, at any time of day. These are the sort of cakes you can throw together after work on a weeknight with minimal effort, minimal time, and minimal mess.

Snacking cakes can be cut into tidy little squares and tucked into lunch boxes or wrapped up in a sheet of beeswax food wrap to gift to a friend who has just moved into a new apartment, so they have something for dessert that night, and breakfast the next morning. They are the sort of cakes that help celebrate the large and small moments of life. Even if that moment is just making it through work on a Monday. These are also the perfect kinds of recipes for little hands to help with. Since everything basically gets thrown into the same bowl, if your tiny assistant gets overzealous and adds the ingredients a little out of order, nothing too terrible will happen, theoretically. . . .

I’ve tried to hit every possible cake craving in these 50 recipes, from bright, citrusy olive oil cakes to fudgy chocolate ones, to fruit-and veggie-(yes, veggie!) packed cakes with seedy toppings and naturally technicolor glazes or fluffy frostings. There are lots of variations, too, and you have my full encouragement to make these cakes your own. You can combine the cakes and toppings in any way you see fit, and if glazes or frostings seem too fussy, these cakes are all perfectly delicious with a simple dusting of confectioners’ sugar—or nothing at all.

It’s a simple luxury to bake a snacking cake for yourself or your friends and family. I hope this book inspires you to do it often, and with abandon.

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