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Review: Confetti Cakes for Kids

January 11, 2009


Confetti Cakes for Kids by Elisa Strauss is a beautiful book.  The beginning of the book focuses on tools, techniques, baking terms and lots of great tips.  Following that, you’ll find recipes for cakes, cookies, brownies and icings.  The confetti-cakes-hamburger-cupcakelast part of the book is filled with gorgeous pictures and directions to make absolutely stunning cakes and cookies.  (The picture on the cover is a cake and the hamburger to the right is a cupcake.)  I love to sit and flip through the pages and admire these beauties.  I cannot, however, imagine that anything I make would ever look like the cakes in the book.  They look like they require hours of work and loads of talent.  If I was able to make one of these, I would dare anyone to touch it, let alone eat it.

Elisa Strauss is the founder and head designer of Confetti Cakes, a bakery in New York.  She has written one other book, The Confetti Cakes Cookbook.  Here’s a great video of her:

22 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2009 7:57 am

    The cakes look amazing. But as much as I love to cook and bake, I can’t really imagine taking the time to create one.

  2. January 11, 2009 8:21 am

    Glad you like it!

  3. January 11, 2009 10:32 am

    That hamburger cupcake is too funny. Cute, but I’m not sure if that would be my first choice. I love cupcakes–sounds like a great cookbook!

  4. January 11, 2009 10:34 am

    That looks so fun. Thanks for bringing it to people’s attention!

  5. January 11, 2009 10:42 am

    I have seen many reviews on this and think it looks great! I love to bake, but don’t know if I could do any of those pictures justice. They look amazing!

  6. January 11, 2009 12:45 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful book! I’d love to find a really great recipe for fondant, and take a shot at making a Sock Monkey cake like Strauss did in the video clip. (the little monkey, rather than the flaming, smoking giant lol)
    Thanks so much for this review 🙂

  7. January 11, 2009 1:54 pm

    This is such a fun book!

  8. January 11, 2009 3:02 pm

    I was thinking the same thing (that my cakes wouldn’t look so good – and if they did I wouldn’t want to let anyone touch them). They are amazing looking though.

  9. January 11, 2009 6:53 pm

    They do look beautiful when she makes them. Probably wouldn’t if I would make them (like you said!)

  10. January 11, 2009 8:30 pm

    OMG those look like so much fun!

  11. January 11, 2009 8:41 pm

    If I was the perfect mom then I would attempt something like this. But I’m not . . .

  12. lookatthatbook permalink
    January 11, 2009 9:02 pm

    Aww I was hoping to see one of the fun cakes you’d whipped up after reading the book.. for shame!

    Looks awesome 🙂

  13. January 11, 2009 9:34 pm

    I think this book looks like fun!

  14. January 11, 2009 9:49 pm

    I’ve been dying to make one of the cakes in the book. I’m sure mine won’t be as good as the ones in the book either. LOL

  15. January 11, 2009 10:15 pm

    This looks fun, but I am the world’s worst cake decorator!

  16. January 11, 2009 10:32 pm

    I would love for someone to make a cake like that for ME – that stuff is wasted on children. 🙂

  17. January 11, 2009 11:49 pm

    Awe the talent these mothers have.
    I have always wished I could do that, but alas I have 6 fingers. If you get the idea.

  18. alirambles permalink
    January 12, 2009 2:38 am

    I won a copy of this book, so it’s fun to see your take on it. I haven’t seen mine yet. That giant sock monkey cake is too funny. A little competitive.

  19. January 13, 2009 9:02 am

    I just won this book from another blog and can’t wait to get my hands on it! Thanks so much for including the videos – it is so cool to see the Food Network Challenges that the author has done.

  20. January 13, 2009 10:29 pm

    Love cake designers. This and this are some of my favorites.

  21. January 14, 2009 2:26 pm

    What a neat book! I’d love to be able to make cakes like that. Have you ever seen Ace of Cakes on the Food Network? Their creativity blows my mind.

  22. January 14, 2009 4:33 pm

    I think I’d start by making some fun cupcakes … that way I’d have 24 chances to get it right 🙂

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