Recently I've been baking a treat for the week every Saturday morning (a practice I highly recommend). I'm not a particularly skilled baker, but every cake I've tried from this book has been easy and turned out perfectly, no stand mixer required. Arefi offers flavor variations for every recipe so the options are pretty endless - I can't wait to start baking with farmer's market produce in the spring and summer. Favorites so far are the Black- and Blueberry Ricotta Cake (p 36 - I used frozen berries and added some raspberries as well), and Almond Butter Banana Cake (p 87 - better than the best banana bread you've ever had).
Find sweet satisfaction with 50 easy, everyday cake recipes made with simple ingredients, one bowl, and no fuss.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Bon Appétit • The New York Times Book Review • Epicurious • Town & Country
“[Snacking Cakes] hits the sweet spot. . . . Cake for breakfast? Yes, please!”—Martha Stewart Living
In Snacking Cakes, the indulgent, treat-yourself concept of cake becomes an anytime, easy-to-make treat. Expert baker Yossy Arefi’s collection of no-fuss recipes is perfect for anyone who craves near-instant cake satisfaction.
With little time and effort, these single-layered cakes are made using only one bowl (no electric mixers needed) and utilize ingredients likely sitting in your cupboard. They’re baked in the basic pans you already own and shine with only the most modest adornments: a dusting of powdered sugar, a drizzle of glaze, a dollop of whipped cream. From Nectarine and Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake and Gingery Sweet Potato Cake to Salty Caramel Peanut Butter Cake and Milk Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cake, these humble, comforting treats couldn’t be simpler to create. Yossy’s rustic, elegant style combines accessible, diverse flavors in intriguing ways that make them easy for kids to join in on the baking, but special enough to serve company or bring to potlucks.
Whether enjoyed in a quiet moment alone with a cup of morning coffee or with friends hungrily gathered around the pan, these ever-pleasing, undemanding cakes will become part of your daily ritual.
About the Author
Yossy Arefi is a writer, photographer, and food stylist. Her first book, Sweeter off the Vine: Fruit Desserts for Every Season, was published in 2016. Yossy also writes the award-winning blog Apt. 2B Baking Co., which celebrates seasonal baking and preserving. Her work has been featured in publications in print and online, including NYT Cooking, Martha Stewart, Bon Appétit, Food52, Epicurious, Good Housekeeping, EatingWell, and more. She teaches food and photography workshops all over the world, and lives in Brooklyn with her partner, Pete, their cat, Abigail, and their dog, Arlo.
“Snack time has officially gotten an upgrade! Yossy's cakes are stunningly beautiful, vibrantly delicious, and perfectly acceptable to eat whenever you please, no reason necessary, because they’re SNACKS! I am officially obsessed with this book.”—Molly Yeh, cookbook author and Food Network host
“What’s more joyful than a snacking cake?! Yossy Arefi brings her baking know-how to the mix with recipes that are simple, delicious, and super doable.”—Kerry Diamond, co-founder of Cherry Bombe magazine
“This book is my new cake bible. The recipes in this book scratch the itch for just the type of cake I want to eat all the time. True to her brand, Yossy’s cakes are beautiful in their simplicity and refreshingly simple to make.”—Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times cooking columnist
“Forget about that ancient box of cake mix in the cupboard, because Yossy will show you that no matter where you are, who you’re with, or what’s in the fridge, a cake is always possible. Her streamlined methods (bowl plus whisk!) and mix of clever and classic flavors make this the kind of baking book you’ll always want within arms’ reach.”— Zoë Kanan, pastry chef
“Yossy has a particularly special touch when it comes to flavor and throughout this book there is a sprinkling of delightful flavor combos, exciting textural elements, and delicious sounding recipes. Snacking cakes are meant to be simple but Yossy’s style also stops them ever being boring.”—Edd Kimber, baker and author of One Tin Bakes
“Yossy Arefi has a natural ability to make reliable, doable recipes that are also incredibly beautiful. The pages of Snacking Cakes radiate with these talents. This book made me want to run to my kitchen, grab the nearest bowl, and bake—and I know readers everywhere will be joining me.’”—Erin Jeanne McDowell, author of The Book on Pie “Yossy Arefi has the rare ability to create approachable recipes that yield bold, nuanced flavors. She does exactly that in Snacking Cakes, providing readers with an array of low-effort, high-reward cakes to celebrate the everyday.”—Vallery Lomas, blogger and on-air host
“I’m a big fan of the way Yossy mixes fruit, citrus, and spice—exactly how I want to eat my sweets every day. All of her baked goods are beautifully delicious. Period.”—Erin Patinkin co-founder of Ovenly and Seemore Meats and Veggies
“Yossy brings her trusted baking knowledge to this lovely collection filled with every type of cake and icing combination possible. It truly is a book for all occasions and cravings, and I can’t wait to bake my way through it.”—Sarah Kieffer, cookbook writer and author of The Vanilla Bean blog
“In Snacking Cakes, Yossy returns with her immediately recognizable style, one that is both familiar and aspirational, with layer cakes that feel both special and inherently comforting. This book is exactly right for right now.”—Tara O’Brady, food writer and author of the award-winning Seven Spoons