Well, in the world where I had prepared for the A-Z blog challenge, today's cake blog was going to be an inspired and well thought out look at baking in different novels. However, I have been very slack in the preparation stakes and despite getting loads of recommendations from my Twitter friends about what books feature cake making, many of which I downloaded to my Kindle, I have had my nose stuck in just one of the recommended tomes: Joanne Harris's Chocolat.
Firstly, I just need to say that I cannot believe it has taken me so long to read this book as it is excellent. The narrator doesn't just bake cakes she creates glorious confectionary worlds in the window of her Chocolaterie and I for one would love to be transported there. On Monday night I fell asleep to the preparations for a chocolatey Easter extravaganza, and seeing as it's Easter this weekend I considered trying to create something yesterday to post up here. However, work and a yoga class got in the way, so instead here's a picture of a Christmas cake I baked a couple of years ago! My most successful venture into cake making yet, although the Date & Walnut one I whipped up last Christmas came a pretty close second.
And seeing as I didn't get round to dicussing the baking in books that were kindly recommended to me, I'll just tell you what they were and you can have a read and let me know what you think about the baking in them. In no particular order, some books with cake making in them are:
- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender
- Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel, Carol Christensen, Thomas Christensen
- Thin Air, Sue Gee
- Baking Cakes in Kigali, Gaile Parkin
- The Help, Kathryn Stockett
I bought three books about cake making, Chocolat and numbers one and two above. So don't be surprised if something I bake does end up on here before the end of the challenge. I just need to figure out what letter I can sneak it in under now.