By Krystina Castella

Travel the realm of cake! truffles are on the heart of life's celebrations in each nook of the globe. A bite-size lamington is a deal with with tea in Australia. In Africa, golden fritters bursting with candy fruit are well known highway snacks. Honey tarts rejoice new beginnings in Jewish culture, and peach buns are an emblem of toughness in Taiwan. Fruitcakes, from Germany's stollen to Italy's panettone, are well known Christmas fare. This delectable cookbook bargains greater than a hundred and fifty impossible to resist recipes observed by means of mouthwatering pictures, rules for scrumptious diversifications, and engaging historic and cultural proof. this can be a must-have for an individual who loves making (or eating!) cake.

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Already home to allspice, annatto, bay rum, and other spices, the islands were soon sown with valuable spices from other tropical regions, such as ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and these imports quickly worked their way into the native cuisine. Because the islands were a key stop on the sugar and spice trade routes, this region was influenced by a wide range of culinary traditions, from those of France, Great Britain, Holland, and Portugal to those of the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, and more.

VARIATIONS Chocolate Angel Food Cake Replace the superfine sugar with confectioners’ sugar. Reduce the flour to ¾ cup and add ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder. Top with 1½ cups chocolate sauce (page 320). Lemon Angel Food Cake Add 2 tablespoons lemon juice and the grated zest of one lemon to the cake batter. Orange-Almond Angel Food Cake Add 2 tablespoons orange juice and the grated zest of one orange to the cake batter. After pouring the batter into the pan, top with ¼ cup sliced almonds. History of Angel Food Also known as snowdrift cake, silver cake, and cornstarch cake, angel food cake was first found in cookbooks in the late 1800s, shortly after the invention of the manual rotary beater and the tube pan.

By the midtwentieth century, doughnuts were quintessential American food. S. 6 billion doughnuts total! Southern United States Red Velvet Cake This red-dyed chocolate cake is a specialty of the American South. It has a wide-ranging flavor appeal: a bit of sweet from the sugar, a bit of sour from the vinegar and buttermilk, and some bitter from the chocolate. White boiled icing with a hint of cream cheese glazes all three layers, adorned with red cake crumbs. For a wedding cake pull (see page 47), ribbons and a rose-petal topping make a beautiful presentation.

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