The expert baker and bestselling author behind the Magnolia Network original series Zoë Bakes explores her favorite dessert—cakes!—with more than 85 recipes to create flavorful and beautiful layers, loafs, Bundts, and more.
“Zoë’s relentless curiosity has made her an artist in the truest sense of the word.”—Joanna Gaines, co-founder of Magnolia
Cake is the ultimate symbol of celebration, used to mark birthdays, weddings, or even just a Tuesday night. In Zoë Bakes Cakes, bestselling author and expert baker Zoë François demystifies the craft of cakes through more than eighty-five simple and straightforward recipes. Discover treats such as Coconut–Candy Bar Cake, Apple Cake with Honey-Bourbon Glaze, and decadent Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake. With step-by-step photo guides that break down baking fundamentals—like creaming butter and sugar—and Zoë’s expert knowledge to guide you, anyone can make these delightful creations.
Featuring everything from Bundt cakes and loaves to a beautifully layered wedding confection, Zoë shows you how to celebrate any occasion, big or small, with delicious homemade cake.
About the Author
Zoë François studied art at the University of Vermont while also founding a cookie company as a way to earn extra money. She then traveled throughout Europe, tasting pastries along the way, and later studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Since then she has been a pastry chef at several Twin Cities restaurants and has worked repeatedly with Andrew Zimmern. Together with Jeff Hertzberg she wrote the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, which turned into a bestselling series. She created the Zoë Bakes website in order to share her passion for pastry. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Graham, and two sons, her best creations yet!
“One of the most prolific and awarded bakers in America has hit it out of the park with Zoë Bakes Cakes. Zoë François walked into my life almost twenty-five years ago and I told someone at the time, that lady is a star. Now I think I might have undersold her. This is the only cake book you will ever need. Superb recipes, clear and concise teaching, and a treasure trove of inspiration for beginners and experts.”—Andrew Zimmern, chef, teacher, and author
“Zoë François’s love language is cakes. Studded, soaked, or stacked, she elevates the cake-baking game. From breakfast to birthday—and every occasion in between—Zoë’s artful, yet accessible cakes are a revelation. If you’re a master baker, an experimental baker looking to learn a few new tricks, orjust someone who loves eating cake, this glorious gem is for you.”—Candace Nelson, founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes and judge on Netflix’s Sugar Rush
“Zoë Bakes Cakes is a spectacular collection of cakes that are within anyone’s reach, from beginning bakers to those who are looking to take their cakes to the next level. With the hows and whys, and lots of step-by-step photos from Zoë’s kitchen, it’s like having her right there with you, whipping, creaming, and swirling. This is the perfect baking book!”—David Lebovitz, author of My Paris Kitchen and Drinking French
“Not only is this book expertly presented with amazing cake recipes for any mood or occasion (I see Hummingbird Cake!) and technique tutorials to ensure the home baker’s success, but it’s a true love letter to cake. Zoë’s personality and passion for baking and life will have you cranking up the music and smiling while you dance and bake, as if she were in the kitchen with you!”—Brian Hart Hoffman, editor in chief of Bake from Scratch
“There are few I trust as much as Zoë François to deliver recipes for astonishingly beautiful cakes. She has the knack of demystifying complicated methods as well as imparting her amazing knowledge in ways that will have you rushing for your whisk. From the simple to the sensational, Zoë Bakes Cakes will inspire novices and experts alike. Generous, warm, and instructive, Zoë’s family favorites will undoubtedly become yours too. A joyous and delicious celebration of cake!”—Helen Goh, recipe columnist and co-author of Sweet
“Zoë François’s book on cake is a must-have for every kitchen. Through her recipes and instruction, she is able to take intricate, complex cake creations and present them in ways that are straightforward and accessible to everyone—new bakers with much to learn, as well as experienced bakers with years of recipes under their belts.”—Sarah Kieffer, cookbook author, baker, and writer at The Vanilla Bean Blog