BabyCakes by Erin McKenna


By Erin McKenna

  • Publication Date: 2009-05-05
  • Genre: Methods
3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 21 Ratings)

Book Summary

Forget everything
you’ve heard about
health-conscious baking.

Simply, BabyCakes is your key to an enlightened, indulgent, sweets-filled future. This is important news not only for parents whose children have allergies, for vegans, and for others who struggle with food sensitivities, but also for all you sugar-loving traditionalists. The recipes in these pages prove that there is a healthy alternative to recklessly made desserts, one that doesn't sacrifice taste or texture.

Having experimented endlessly with alternative, health-conscious sweeteners, flours, and thickeners, Erin McKenna, the proprietress of beloved bakery BabyCakes NYC, developed these recipes–most are gluten-free, all are without refined sugar–in hopes of combating her own wheat, dairy, and sugar sensitivities. In BabyCakes, she shares detailed information about the ingredients she uses (coconut flour, xanthan gum, and agave nectar, for example) and how to substitute them properly for common ones–all the while guiding you safely through techniques she’s spent years perfecting.

When BabyCakes NYC opened on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 2005, it helped propel the gluten-free and vegan baking movement into a new stratosphere. Suddenly there was a destination for those with wheat allergies and other dietary restrictions–and, soon enough, celebrities and dessert lovers of every kind–to indulge freely in delectable muffins and teacakes, brownies and cookies, pies and cobblers.

Enclosed within these pages are all the “secrets” you’ll need to bring the greatness of BabyCakes NYC into your own home as well as raves and recommendations from devotees such as Natalie Portman, Jason Schwartzman, Mary-Louise Parker, Zooey Deschanel, and Pamela Anderson.

For confectionists of all kinds, delicious alternatives lie within: Red Velvet Cupcakes, Chocolate Shortbread Scones with Caramelized Bananas, Strawberry Shortcake, and BabyCakes NYC’s celebrated frosting (so delicious it has fans tipping back frosting shots!), to name just a few. Finally, Erin’s blissful desserts are yours for the baking!

From the Hardcover edition.

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Book Opinions

  • Thank you!!

    By Jspharmd
    I thought I was never going to be able to have treats again. I hate my no sugar, no dairy, no caffeine, no gluten diet. Finding this book made my life so much better. I have to prepare ahead when I go to a party or a wedding but I can have cake!! Thank you from the bottom of my stomach.
  • Refund?

    By Meagasparkle
    Not impressed in the slightest. Don't buy.
  • BabyCakes iBook - Loving it!

    By CeMtzV
    Beautiful iBook! Lovely pictures and the most important, greeeaaat gluten free, dairy free and -almost- sugar free recipes. I also liked the stories behind each recipe, and the useful tips to make the most out of them.