Gain a reputation for the best cakes and pies around with guidance from cookbook author Abby Dodge. To begin, Abby shares her secrets for a moist, one-bowl banana cake topped with irresistible cream cheese frosting. Next, it's all about the right ways to bake with chocolate as you master the classic chocolate layer cake and luscious chocolate buttercream frosting. Fresh fruit tarts are always a hit, so up next, focus on press-in and cookie crusts, and then fill each with whipped mascarpone and luscious seasonal fruit. You'll never fear pie dough again after your next lesson! Create a rustic berry galette and learn Abby's special ingredient for your most delicious dough ever. Finally, master pie from scratch! From apple pie with a simple crumb topping to an easier-than-ever lattice top variation, you'll always win rave reviews when you serve this classic treat.
Who doesn't love chocolate cake? Abby takes your baking skills a step further with this classic layer cake, starting with how to perfectly grease and flour your pans and then demonstrating the right way to cream together butter and sugar. Learn about butter temperature and how to recognize visual cues that your batter is flawlessly mixed, then identify when the cake layers are perfectly baked.