“You have not eaten cake until you have eaten one of Erin’s. For the extra greedy among us who just cannot get enough of her densely moist confections, fluffy butter creams, and elegantly whimsical decorations, Erin Bakes Cake is a must on your shelf. Erin has sprinkled a bit of her magic across these pages and given all of us the fail-prood techniques she uses to wow every time. Sink your teeth into her sweet life, you will not be disappointed!
―Daphne Oz, Emmy Award-winning TV host and New York Times bestselling author
What’s in Erin Bakes Cake?
Take a peek inside Erin Bakes Cake on Amazon.
Erin Gardner’s cake recipes share a delicious, time-saving secret: they’re all the same. Why play the guessing game of sifting through dozens of recipes when all you need are just a few that contain hundreds of variations—572, to be exact! The cakequations in Erin Bakes Cake teach you how to combine her cake, buttercream, cookie, and candy recipes in endless mouth-watering ways. Erin’s cake recipes aren’t sorcery—they’re science. They all share similar ratios of ingredients that add tenderness, strength, or flavor. You don’t have to be an expert. Everyone can learn to make a great cake!
Erin Bakes Cake provides the building blocks for constructing a great cake, and then offers endless ways those blocks can be reassembled. Erin shares the baking tips she learned as a professional pastry chef and wedding cake baker, what tools to use, how to perfect the cake’s finish, and other tricks of the baking trade. She then shows you how to make gorgeous and intricately decorated cakes by elevating simple, but delicious, ingredients like candy, cookies, and chocolate. Erin’s created cake designs that are festive, chic, and easy to recreate at home without the use of hard-to-deal-with fondant.
And best of all, you can make every recipe your own! The Any Veggie Cake cake can be transformed into a classic carrot cake, zucchini cake, or sweet potato cake. A creamy cake filling isn’t limited to buttercream with the inclusion of recipes for caramel, ganache, marshmallow, and more. A chocolate birthday cake recipe can be reimagined as red velvet or chocolate toffee. Elements of crunch, like peanut brittle, honeycomb candy, or even cookie crumbles, can be sprinkled onto your cake layers for tasty added texture.
Praise for Erin Bakes Cake
“These time-saving tricks from Erin Gardner’s new book will help you create delicious—and beautiful—desserts without stressing out.”
– Oprah.com, 5 Hacks Every Baker Should Know
“We named Erin Gardner one of the 20 cake makers to follow on Instagram and one of the top pros in the country for a reason. But now you can learn how to bake cakes that will be just as magical (unicorns!), fun (sprinkles), and delicious (thanks to 17+ recipes for fillings with 400+ variations) as Erin’s, thanks to her new book, Erin Bakes Cakes. Flip through her pages for statement cakes that are perfect for bridal showers or bachelorette parties, as a groom’s cake at your reception, or as a pre-wedding stress relief activity. Like the cover says, this book is about taking a cake adventure, and if you’ve got a sweet tooth and a creative spirit, you’ll venture far with this one.”
– Martha Stewart Weddings.com, 3 Wedding-Related Books You’ll Want to Check Out Right Now
“What an adventure it is: The pages are bright, beautiful, fun and full of ideas. There are tips for filling cakes, stacking cakes, piping frosting and pouring ganache so it drips perfectly. There are nearly two dozen variations on buttercream, layer-by-layer diagrams that show how to incorporate a crunchy element, and tips on using hard candies to make pulled sugar-like decorations. In other words, it’s everything you need to know, and Gardner makes it look (relatively) easy.”
– Asbury Park Press, 5 New Cookbooks You’ll Want in Your Kitchen
“Erin Bakes Cake (Rodale, Sept.)…uses a mix of photography, illustration, and color-coded charts to break down the craft of cake baking and decoration. Her “cakequations” (cake plus creamy plus crunch) offer myriad variations and room for guided improvisation. A creamy layer might be buttercream, ganache, citrus curd, or jam, for starters.”
– Publishers Weekly, Flour Power: Fall 2017 Cookbooks
“One of our favorite creations in Gardner’s book involves no frosting skills whatsoever, a relief to us who haven’t yet mastered the art of piping. Her Sweet Bouquet Cake is covered in a thin, uncomplicated layer of the sweet stuff, but is then topped with a beautiful, seemingly-intricate floral design made entirely from bits of different candies…It’s totally brilliant.”
– InStyle, How to Create Sugar Flowers Using Your Favorite Candies
“Erin Gardner…came up with this Any Veggie Cake recipe that calls for just about any vegetable you can grate. While this cake is absolutely not a health food, the recipe is versatile and delicious.”
– Huffington Post, This ‘Any Veggie Cake’ Will Make you Feel Good About Your Dessert Habit
“If you’ve got a shower or birthday party coming up, look no further. People are never disappointed by cakes that look almost too pretty to eat.”
– Pop Sugar, How to Make Flower Cake Decorations Out of Gummy Candy
“If you are only gonna buy one baking book in your lifetime you better buy Erin Bakes Cake. It’s not only an encyclopedia of baking, but a true feast for your eyes. Let the cake revolt start!”
“One of my most favourite cake creatives, Erin’s delicious ideas are totally out-of-the-cake box! This book is packed with delightful inspiration, super handy tips and mouth-watering recipes. It definitely has pride of place in my kitchen!”
“Fresh. Fun. Creative. Erin’s book is full of revolutionary designs in not only decoration but flavor! She pays attention to every detail and offers up a unique perspective that is revitalizing the baking world. Her passion for her cakes is contagious!”
―Amanda Rettke, i am baker blogger and author of Surprise Inside Cakes
“We have a superstar, sweet, rock candy, unicorn crush on Erin Bakes Cake and we’re headed into the kitchen right this second!”
― Jonathan Faucett + Rachel Faucett, Handmade Charlotte
“I loved Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid, so combining that concept with my ultimate favourite, CAKE―I’m in love already! Erin has been sharing her whimsical and approachable cake creations for years and I’ve long admired her ability to combine deliciousness with colourful, rainbow-tinged creative flair. This bright and hilariously-written book is stacked with recipes for delicious cakes, fillings and frostings, as well as attainable and lively designs using easy-to-find ingredients. Erin Bakes Cakes will lead you to a buttercream-filled unicorn land of cakey magic―you’ll always get the happy ending!”
―Lyndsay Sung, creator of Coco Cake Land
“Ordinary cake books are fine for all those other boring bakers out there, but you want to be like me: a culinary rebel who plays by their own rules! Erin Gardner will help show you the way: this technicolor tome will help you unleash the buttery beast, letting you follow your heart to the cake of your dreams.”
―Allison Robicelli, chef, James Beard nominee and author of Robicelli’s: A Love Story, With Cupcakes
“Erin Bakes Cakes is equal parts fun, creative, and pure genius! Through intriguing flavour/texture pairings and endless decorating ideas, the structure of the book nourishes our own inner artists and provides the perfect road map toward creating the cakes of our dreams. Erin’s cakes are undoubtedly beautiful, and her easy-to-follow instructions and countless recipe variations provide us with a lifetime of tricks and techniques to try.”
―Tessa Huff, author of Layered: Baking, Building and Styling Spectacular Cakes
“This book is an absolute unicornucopia of magic, delicious delight, and an enjoyable education on all things cake baking and decorating. Unicorn-approved!”
―Jessie Oleson Moore, CakeSpy.com
“Erin Bakes Cake is a modern mashup of fundamental baking techniques and creative genius. Erin breaks down the nitty gritty details of baking success with relatable charm, whimsical diagrams, rainbow charts, and heavy sprinkling of fun. In the world of baking books, this one is truly a unicorn.”
―Carrie Sellman, founder of TheCakeBlog.com
“Erin is in baking and with cakes what I try to be in DIY: a fun, ‘you can do this’ approach that makes it easy to achieve the things you want to. This must-get book will have you making cake for days!”
―Nicole Farb, Founder of Darby Smart