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If you have a cookbook weakness – you know, the one where you are unable to put down a cookbook because of the amazing photos and incredible recipes – then by all means, please do not look at United States of Cake, by Roy Fares. Do not scroll down this page and look at the luscious Cinnamon Rolls or the Strawberry Cheesecake. If you do, just remember that I warned you and I won’t be coming to your house to wash your dishes. (I know you are going to want to make the Strawberry Cheesecake – it’s so heavenly!)
Named Sweden’s Best Pastry Chef of the Year (2010), Fares revamps classic American desserts with a balance between sweet and salty. The results are richer, more flavorful versions of American sugar-saturated favorites. In United States of Cake, he shares over 50 recipes ranging from classics to modern favorites. Along with each recipe is a photo of the finished creation.
The book is divided into five categories:
- Soft Cakes – included in this section are banana bread, spicy date loaf, carrot cake, chocolate espresso bundt cake, raspberry blondies, plus a few others.
- Cookies and Sweets – here you will find classics such as snickerdoodles, peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate fudge, and other goodies.
- Cakes, Pies, and Cheesecakes – Devil’s food chocolate cake, Magnolia Baker’s banana cake, red velvet cake, Key Lime pie, Michigan apple pie, and several others round out this category.
- Cupcakes and Cake Pops – Nutella cupcakes, Oreo cupcakes, S’mores, peanut butter cake pops, and Nutella cupcakes are included in this section.
- Sweet Breakfast – apple pancakes, granola, waffles, cinnamon rolls, and blueberry muffin recipes, as well as a couple more.
Image courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing.
I am delighted that I am able to share with you Fares’ recipe for Strawberry Cheesecake. It truly is delicious and would be great for any special occasion, or just because.
So far I have tried a few of the recipes from the book, the most recent being Strawberry Cheesecake. Though the directions call for an 8 1/2 inch springform pan, I used a 10 inch springform and it came out absolutely beautiful. My husband told me that the recipe is “a keeper.”
Don’t judge the cake by the above picture. It was taken early in the morning before my husband took it to work to share with his co-workers. I am lucky that he saved a piece for me. Here is a snapshot that I shared on Instagram so that you can see what it looks like with a little bit of the strawberry sauce on it:
I have also made a couple of batches of cookies:
Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies – these little treats did not last long.
Snickerdoodles – I could definitely taste the butter in these cookies and cannot complain about it. I will be making these again in the near future.
United States of Cakes is a book that I am happy to add to my collection. Don’t be jealous – you can get your own copy at your local bookstore or at Amazon.com.