The author is the owner and head confectioner at Tribeca Treats, a Manhattan bakery that appeals to the sweet tooth of New York celebrities and celebrity-watchers. This book is enough to turn any home baker into a celeb, with recipes that are both interesting and doable. Some basic batters are included with lots of opportunities for creativity and flair.
Just when you think America has had enough of cupcakes, another cookbook comes out with cupcakes on the cover. Sweet Chic by Rachel Schifter Thebault is the product of a Manhattan bakery that specializes in satisfying the sweet tooth. And it has legitimate rights to cupcakes, having been a leader in starting the craze.
The difference in this cookbook, though, is that it’s less about the cupcake, the cookie, or the candy and more about how you dress it up for something special. In my world, people look to me for those desserts that make them say, “Wow,” and that has to be before they even taste them. While flavor is paramount, you have to give them a little love at first sight, too.
That’s why this cookbook made it onto my list, even though it’s new enough that I haven’t had the chance to thoroughly sample the recipes.
Thebault’s philosophy is built around the little black dress—take a basic recipe and accessorize it. That’s how she can take a simple vanilla cake batter and turn it into Tiramisu Cupcakes. It’s how a recipe for Vanilla Cookie Dough gets turned into mini Strawberry Shortcakes (with heart shapes, no less). And, it’s how something a little more unusual than a black dress—a Graham Cracker Dough—gets dressed up to go out when a jar of Marshmallow Fluff and chopped chocolate turn it into S’mores Cookies.
She takes the time to walk the reader through the major ingredients used in her recipes, which is really helpful to the beginning baker who may not know how to use cocoa powder, or know the difference between all-purpose flour and cake flour. She provides a list of equipment that you might not think about, too, like a basting brush. The book has step-by-step photos to show you how to ice a three layer cake and how to dip in chocolate, too.
There are plenty of photos to inspire your own creativity, or copy hers, and they remind you not to take it all so seriously. Go ahead and pile on the sprinkles, or put a little chocolate on your chocolate, and learn to manage a pastry bag. Desserts from Sweet Chic are about creating something special . . . and that’s the goal of most foodies I know.
You can buy Sweet Chic via this link.
For more of our Editor’s Picks in Cookbooks, be sure to check the related links below