Sunday, May 29, 2011

BRUNCH WITH BINGO: A WORLD OF CAKE - A GIVEAWAY

WELCOME TO BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S
"BRUNCH WITH BINGO DAY"
I AM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THIS SUNDAY'S
 
FOOD BOOK CHOICE IS.....
GIVEAWAY ENDED
A WORLD OF CAKE 
150 RECIPES FOR SWEET TRADITIONS
FROM CULTURES NEAR AND FAR 
BY KRYSTINA CASTELLA

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Tour the world of cake! Cakes are at the center of life’s celebrations, big and small, in every corner of the globe. A bite-size lamington is a treat with tea in Australia. In Africa, golden fritters bursting with sweet fruit are popular street snacks. Honey cakes celebrate new beginnings in Jewish tradition, and peach buns are a symbol of longevity in Taiwan. Fruitcakes, from Germany’s stollen to Italy’s panettone, are popular Christmas fare. This delectable cookbook offers more than 150 irresistible recipes accompanied by mouthwatering photographs, ideas for delicious variations, and fascinating historical and cultural facts. This is a must-have for anyone who loves making (or eating!) cake. A World of Cake is more than a cookbook, more than an anthropology lesson, and way more fun than a textbook. Castella embraces the spirit of celebration with this big must have book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Krystina Castella is a professor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where she teaches Materials Explorations and Design Entrepreneurship. She is the founder of the Design Entrepreneur Network and has owned a manufacturing and licensing company that created housewares, toys, and stationary products. She is the author of A World of Cake, Pops!, Crazy About Cupcakes, and Discovering Nature’s Alphabet, and her work has been published in Craft magazine. Castella lives in southern California.

RECIPES: 
Appalachian Wedding Cake
In a traditional apple stack the cakes are shortbread flat cakes cooked in a cast-iron skillet, but I like to prepare the cakes with butter and bake them in the oven. Any type of apple spread — apple filling, applesauce, apple jelly, apple glaze, or apple butter — can be used as the filling between the layers.

In the past in Appalachia, a bakery wedding cake would be an extravagance. Instead, the apple stack tradition evolved, and it is still practiced today as a form of entertainment.

The wedding guests share in the effort of creating the cake by baking one of its layers. The number of layers in the wedding cake stack gauges the couple’s popularity. The family of the bride cooks and spices dried apples to spread between the layers. At the wedding the guests join in the fun of assembling the cake, trying not to topple it over.

Cake

3{1/2} cups all-purpose flour, sifted
{1/2} teaspoon baking powder
{1/4} teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
{1/4} teaspoon ground allspice
{3/4} cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
{3/4} cup buttermilk
{1/3} cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Apple Filling

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
6 apples, thinly sliced (an assortment works well)
{1/2} cup apple juice

Apple Glaze

2 cups apple cider
{3/4} cup sugar
1{1/2} teaspoons cornstarch
{1/2} teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar

To prepare

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Generously butter and flour three 7-inch round cake pans.

To make the cake

Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and allspice in a large bowl; set aside. In a separate medium bowl, use a mixer to cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, buttermilk, molasses, and vanilla, and blend until combined. Gradually add the dry ingredients and stir well until blended.

To bake

Roll out the dough with a rolling pin to {1/4}-inch thickness. Use a knife to cut the dough to fit the prepared pans. Transfer the dough to the pans and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned. Let cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then remove the cakes from the pans and set on a rack to finish cooling. Repeat until all the dough is used up; you should be able to make six cakes in all.

To prepare the Apple filling

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the apples and sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the apple juice, cover, and let cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until the apples are softened. Drain off the liquid.

To prepare the Apple glaze

Combine the cider, sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 8 minutes, until thickened. Remove from the heat and let cool.

To assemble

Place one cake on a serving dish as the bottom layer. Spread 3 tablespoons apple glaze and {1/4} cup sautéed apples on it. Add the next cake layer and repeat. Top the stack with one final cake layer, and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

GIVEAWAY 
I HAVE ONE NEW HARDBACK COPY,
OF THIS COOKBOOK TO GIVE 
AWAY TO A LUCKY READER!  
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
IN CASE YOU WIN!
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE 
TO COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!

HOW TO ENTER:
 
+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT A WORLD OF CAKE AND WHY YOU WOULD WANT TO WIN THIS ONE

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND COME BACK AND LEAVE A LINK THAT I CAN FOLLOW

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THE RECIPES ABOVE AND FROM THE VIDEO, OR VISIT WORLD OF CAKE'S WEBSITE HERE AND SEE IF YOU FIND SOMETHING INTERESTING THERE TO COMMENT ON
 
GIVEAWAY ENDS AT 
6 PM, EST, JUNE 10
GOOD LUCK!

60 comments:

g.g. said...

I would love to win this because of all the different kinds of wedding cakes as my daughter is soon to be married.

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g.g. said...

I went to the website and it is really interesting. It even has a cake tree from cakes geneology..very clever

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debbie said...

I really like the idea of seeing cakes from all over the world. I would love to add this cookbook to my collection.
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debbie said...

I really liked the cake geneology. How one type of cakes evolves into so many kinds is really interesting.
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mamabunny13 said...

Very cool tradition! I like that the recipe and directions are in this post. Thanks.
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mamabunny13 said...

I loved the video. Actually seeing where the inspiration of her cake recipes came from was great.
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bermudaonion said...

What a fun way to explore the globe! I love cookbooks and think this one sounds terrific. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

bermudaonion said...

I love the author's enthusiasm in the video! She's adorable. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

cpage2323 said...

it sounds like an anthropological study of food and i always enjoy that!
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cpage2323 said...

i think its interesting that the number of layers on the Appalachian wedding cake is indicative of popularity....
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Joan said...

This sounds like a wonderful and interesting book. I'd love to win and learn about cakes that are popular around the world and even bake some of them.
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Joan said...

Since I'm from the south that Appalachian Apple Cake sounds so good.

Maria said...

I love to bake cake and this looks like a fantastic cookbook. I like the idea of getting a bit of history with the recipe- that's really unique! Please count me in!

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Maria said...

I've never had an Apple Cake and this Appalachian Apple Cake looks like it would be fairly easy to make and tasty. Plus I love the story behind the community coming together and sharing in the wedding perpartions by the guests baking layers of the cake and bringing it to the wedding so that it could be stacked together. A really neat idea!

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Carol N Wong said...

Oh my!!!!! I put this one on my wish list. I miss the all the different cakes from different cultures that we used to get in the LA area. She had one of my favorites on the video, they look like tiny stacked pancakes with filling. Also, the history of how the Asians got the sponge cake explains a little. All Chinese bakeries use a very light, less sweet sponge cake for birthday cakes. Then they either put fresh fruit like strawberries of strawberries, kiwis and peaches in as a filling. My husband would not feel happy on his birthday without one of them. Must have this book. I love the anthropology of cooking and to have recipes is a bonus.
Also, all asian cultures love mooncakes. We buy them every years for the Autumn moon festival. Oh dear, I am going on and on but it is so difficult to stop talkig about this subject.

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Carol N Wong said...

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Carol N Wong said...

I loved the video, recognized so many cakes that I had missed and saw a few like the Indian cakes that I have never tried.

I particurly love the page that shows the family tree of swiss roles.I can remember watching a next door neighbor making. She didn't tell me ahead of time of what she was going to make and it was so fascinating. Taro roll, green tea roll are very good, but there are so many to try!!

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Carol N Wong said...

I loved the video, recognized so many cakes that I had missed and saw a few like the Indian cakes that I have never tried.

I particurly love the page that shows the family tree of swiss roles.I can remember watching a next door neighbor making. She didn't tell me ahead of time of what she was going to make and it was so fascinating. Taro roll, green tea roll are very good, but there are so many to try!!

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Tore said...

I want to win this book for my mother-in-law who loves to cook. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Pat L. said...

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who wouldnt want that cookbook with all those great photos on the cover.

Pat L. said...

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would be interested in hearing about diff baking techniques shown on the site. And also that green cake looks yummy.

petite said...

These unique cakes are so appealing and special. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

The video is great and entertaining. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

traveler said...

This book is so fascinating and delightful. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

Seeing cakes from so many places is interesting. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

shopannies said...

the variety of cakes in this book make me very interested in it
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shopannies said...

the recipe you shared sounds awesome I also visited the website and found even more things of interest
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Donna said...

I am obsessed with baking! Donna
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Brenda said...

I would love to read the history of the different cakes included in this book! I have a collection of cook books and would love to win this book. I would have to make one of the cakes to celebrate when I hit my goal in my weight loss!

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Susan said...

Um, yum! I love cake of all varieties. Yum, yum and yum. I'd love to drool over all the recipes. Delish.

Glad to have found your fun blog!

Connie said...

Hi! I would love to win this book for several reasons.
1. It centers on cake which I love
2. They have recipes from all kinds of cultures and nations
3. Has general facts and how cakes originated.
4. Pictures are wonderful!

:)

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lag123 said...

I love the story behind the Appalachian Wedding Cake. I would like to try it.

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lag123 said...

I visited the website and love the monthly cake celebrations.

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LAMusing said...

I like there are so many unusual "cakes" and she gives a little history background on them
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LAMusing said...

The Appalachian Wedding Cake sounds delicious and really different! I'm bookmarking the recipe :)
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Norma said...

I'd love to win this for my daughter - she'd try the recipes and I'd get to eat them! I like there are recipes from all over the world and she includes variations on them.
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Mariee said...

I'd love to win this book because I love baking and especially cakes!

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Norma said...

I had relatives in the Appalachians but never had the apple wedding cake - would love to try it!
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Linda Kish said...

I love cookbooks, I love cakes. So, this is perfect!

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Linda Kish said...

The video should have a warning to not watch if you are hungry. Loved the video. Loved the table of content and the index. This book has everything. Now I have to go have dessert.

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debbie said...

"duffer award"
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bison61 said...

I would like to win because my family loves cake and I appreciate all the photographs

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rubynreba said...

I like to bake and it would be fun to have this book about cakes!
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rubynreba said...

I think the apple stack cake looks like a fun idea.
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Linda said...

The book has fruitcakes!! I make and love fruitcake (I know I am unique)
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heavenisabookstore said...

How cool is that, that it gives history and other wonderful information in addtion to the recipes. Gotta have it! Thanks!
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Mona said...

I would love to win this b/c I love cake and experimenting with new recipes. Also I like when cookbooks include stories and/or background info.

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Mona said...

I visited the site and one of the reviews mentioned that the book includes info about how b-days are celebrated all over the world.

I would love to read about that. I find other cultures fascinating. I enjoy world fiction and foreign films(w/ sub-titles NOT dubbed).

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