I absolutely love Elisa Strauss’ story. She got her start working in the fashion industry before attending pastry school and hitting it big as a cake designer in New York City. Her cakes have been featured all over in magazines and on television shows, including Martha Stewart Weddings, Sex and the City, Good Morning America, and the Food Network. In her book, The Confetti Cakes Cookbook: Spectacular Cookies, Cakes, and Cupcakes from New York City’s Famed Bakery, she shares her tips, techniques, recipes, and cake designs with us.
The book is full of beautiful colorful photographs of the cakes and the step-by-step processes to make them, and since it is written in Elisa’s friendly and personable style, it is just as much fun to read and learn from.
And it’s not just cakes! This book offers a comprehensive guide to making a variety of cookies, cupcakes, cakes, and mini cakes for beginners through to more advanced decorators. With lists of necessary equipment and techniques to master, along with Elisa’s recipes for everything from cake and cookies to buttercream, ganache and fondant, this book is one of my favorites.
I love the Techniques section at the beginning of the book. Elisa covers everything from sculpting a cake and crumb coating to how to use dowels to create a structurally sound cake and wood staining/brush embroidery techniques.
While I never tried any of Elisa’s recipes because by the time I purchased the book I’d already experimented thoroughly to create my own go-to recipes, from reading through them I think they would definitely be worth a try.
Step-by-step, detailed instructions and diagrams are given for each of the 44 projects in the book, as well as tips and tricks to save time. There is even a list of resources where you can find many of the products and pieces of equipment she references.
This is a great book to add to your collection with its helpful advice, interesting techniques, and inspiring designs. Some of my favorites: Baby Onesie Cookies, Popcorn Mini Cakes, Hydrangea Cake, and Handbag Cake.
While it seems that Elisa no longer takes cake orders, luckily for all of us, she has provided an excellent resource in her books! She still very busy teaching online classes like a Designer Handbag Cake or a Sculpted Dog Cake, holds private classes, has books and equipment for sale, and writes on her blog. Check out her website for more information.
If you’d like to purchase the book, you can buy it from Amazon.com by clicking here: The Confetti Cakes Cookbook: Spectacular Cookies, Cakes, and Cupcakes from New York City’s Famed Bakery