A Modern Day Fairy Tale: Daisy Cakes Bakes: A Cookbook Review

Monday, March 5, 2018

Daisy Cakes Bakes: A Cookbook Review

**Book received for consideration. Post contains affiliate links. All thoughts are 100% my own. 
I love to bake!

There's just something about the sense of accomplishment from taking all of these individual ingredients and creating something delicious (and occasionally even beautiful). My daughter has followed in this love of baking, and perhaps even surpassed it, so I am always looking for great recipes to experience with her. Pinterest may be a good source for many, but for me, I love nothing more than a great cookbook. Today, I'm excited to share an all new cookbook that is all about baking! Daisy Cakes Bakes:


A beautiful baking cookbook of 100 recipes for the delicious cakes that made Daisy Cakes a huge success story of ABC's Shark Tank, plus cookies, pies, cobblers, and more--with 60 photographs evoking a sense of nostalgia for making your own family recipes.


The scent of cake baking in the oven, the pretty sheen of frosting being whipped up nice and light, or the glorious mess of measuring and mixing ingredients for cookie dough are memories cherished by many a home baker. Kim Nelson grew up learning to make family recipes alongside her mother, grandmothers, and great aunt. This pastime blossomed into Kim's beloved company, Daisy Cakes, which ships delicious Southern layer cakes in keepsake tins all across the US. Daisy Cakes Bakes shares those family cake recipes, as well as recipes for cookies, bars, confections, pies, ice creams, and more. The flavors are rich but never cloying, the recipes are crowd-pleasing and simple to make, and Kim's engaging stories will inspire everyone to start their own baking traditions.


When I am looking for new cookbooks, there are generally two big things that I look for. First of all, the images. I'm a very visual personal so I love a cookbook with great images. I look for large, beautiful photographs to draw me in. This cookbook certainly has that. With each photo I find my mouth watering more and more, and those photos make me want to bake THAT treat. Not every page or every recipe feature a photo, but enough to keep me intrigued anyway. Seriously, the photography in this cookbook might be some of my favorites yet.

Next up, I look for recipes that are easy to follow. Listen, I'm pretty good at baking and following a recipe, but I don't feel you need to have a long list of ingredients I've never heard of and couldn't begin to know where to find in the store to make a delicious sweet treat. Nor do I want intricate steps that I don't have the know how or time to complete. This is especially true when cooking with my 4-year-old. Simple isn't bad. And these recipes are that. Don't get me wrong, some are a little more complicated than others, but overall, I recognize the ingredients and the directions are very easy to understand and follow. I would say this would be good for a baker new or experienced... a huge plus for me. 

One other thing that I really enjoyed about this particular cookbook is that it offers a lot of variations. First, we are given the basic recipes to try out, but after many, we are then given different variations to take that recipe to the next level or change it up a bit--- mix ins to try, different flavorings, etc. I feel like by giving these options it really allows you to explore with these recipes a little bit and for me, I feel like that makes me not just a better recipe follower, but actually helps to improve my baking knowledge and skills. 

Overall, this has quickly become a favorite cookbook for me, and I am excited to start breaking it out for every holiday, birthday or gathering! It's beautiful, it's readable, and it's a great addition to any cookbook collection. 

Daisy Cake Bakes is available to purchase now.

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