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Cox Cookies & Cake [Hardcover]

Elton John , David Furnish , Eric Lanlard , Patrick Cox
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Book Description

4 July 2011
Under the expert guidance of Patrick Cox and Eric Lanlard, cupcakes have received a sultry and seductive makeover, and Cox Cookies & Cake is far sexier than the average cake shop. The edgy atmosphere of its Soho home is ravishingly reflected in the cakes it produces - from Mrs Nickolchuk's Nanaimo squares to cupcakes bejewelled with skulls and gothic black frosting. Oozing sexy Soho, this book features 80 recipes from classic Bling cupcakes and chunky chocolate chip cookies to all-time favourite cheesecakes and brownies. Edgy design and graphic photography make this a voluptuous and completely delicious new take on cakes.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; 1st edition (4 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845336445
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845336448
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 2.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here you'll find the fantastic books from French Master Pâtissier and gorgeous face of Channel 4's 'Baking Mad', Eric Lanlard.

Eric Lanlard, Master Pâtissier and twice winner of the prestigious Continental Pâtissier of the Year at the British Baking Awards, has changed the face of British Patisserie and has earned himself an international reputation for superlative cakes with an A-list clientele including Madonna, Sir Elton John, Elizabeth Hurley, Claudia Schiffer and George Michael.

Eric has become a celebrity himself with 4 series to his name. Eric's latest project is series 2 of Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard (Channel 4 in March 2012). Each programme sees Eric sharing his tips and skills - teaching bakers how to produce mouth-watering cakes and desserts with ease and speed. Preceding Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard came two series of Glamour Puds. At Eric's Cake Boy boutique, a unique destination café, he also runs baking classes and exclusive "chef's table" lunches and his unique and elegant coffee lounge is also used as a venue for stylish parties.

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About the Author

Edmonton-born Patrick relocated to London in 1985 and quickly made a mark with his footwear designs. Within a decade, his was the label on fashionable feet all over the world. After 20 years in the shoe business, he was ready for a sabbatical, and with his new Soho bakery venture together with Eric Lanlard, Cox Cookies and Cake proves that the entrepreneurial knack for turning something he loves into an irresistible product is as acute as ever. Eric Lanlard is a master patissier. Since arriving in the UK 21 years ago, the 42 year old Frenchman has changed the face of British Patisserie, earning himself a reputation for inspirational cakes and an A-list clientele. Twice winner of Continental Patissier of the Year at the British Baking Awards, Eric's unique combination of craftsmanship and unbridled creativity has made him the premier cake-maker for celebrity celebrations. Eric has appeared on numerous television programmes including GMTV and Master Chef (judging the professional chefs) as well as a guest appearance in Mary Portas Queen of Shops. He fronts a TV series for Channel 4 called Glamour Puds and is the author of two books, Home Bake (Hamlyn) and Glamour Cakes (Mitchell Beazley).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book but recipe failed miserably 21 Jan 2012
Purchased this book due to its fabulous photographs & intending to use it to support a scheme of work I was teaching at school (I am an art teacher!). To this end it really is a beautiful & inspired design. But having attempted to make the cola cakes (& I am an experienced & pretty successful cook & baker) I am reluctant to invest in further ingredients. Have any other readers/purchasers had a similar experience I wonder? I have emailed the publisher to enquire about how they test their recipes.
In short - looks amazing as a coffee table book but I suspect this is not serious cook book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth buying! 23 Sep 2011
By Dizzy
I'm an experienced baker and was extremely disappointed with the recipes in this book. I have tried several and the texture and taste of the cake was horrible.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The proof is in the pudding 19 July 2011
When I told my friends that I had this book, they all said "Patrick Cox the shoe man making cupcakes?" - Yes! With the help of Eric Lanlard, patissier to the stars.

It's an interesting combination. And dazzling in more ways than one. The design and layout of the book is bright and bold with a large helping of neon. The cakes are very easy to make and there are no boundaries as to how you decorate them. This book allows you to put faces, bums and tums on the top of the cupcakes if you wish... but if you opt out of that, the cakes themselves are stand alone delicious. I made some chocolate cupcakes and ran out of time to make the frosting and toppings.. but they were still demolished within moments. The tiramisu cupcakes actually tasted like tiramisu.. the Lemon Meringue cupcakes and Zesty Lemon and White Chocolate cupcakes were equally well received by my willing guinea pig testers..

I've got a few more earmarked for making... Marshmallow Rice bars - to make with the kids in the summer holidays when it's raining, Double Chocolate and Marshmallow Cookies for my friends when they come over for a coffee, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes, specifically requested by my husband and the Apple Crumble cupcakes for the other times of day when I'm not eating the other cupcakes.

Hours of fun, pages and pages of ideas and not short of inspiration. Great book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hideous waste of resources 8 May 2012
I was bought this book as a gift and that is the only reason I have it!
If I had picked this up in a book shop I would have been put off instantly by the hideously garish photographs of cakes so brightly coloured and covered in glitter that they hardly look edible. If I'd have kept it in my hands long enough to read the recipes, having a decent amount of baking experience, I would have noticed that some of the recipes contain errors (like no sugar) and that the majority were not in enough detail for anyone new to baking to have any success with them.
Some of the flavour combinations are inspiring, however this is blatantly a book thrown together by "celebrities" wanting to cash in on the baking boom. And that is usually my reason for never buying a celebrity cook/baking book.
In my opinion all cook/baking books should be independently peer reviewed and the recipes tested. All cook/baking books that I have that have been through this process seem to yield never fail recipes. Celebrity cook book should undergo the same scrutiny if they are to be taken seriously.
Take my advice. Unless you are an extremely seasoned baker, akin to Mary Berry, so you can spot the errors a mile away and correct them, don't bother with this book. You'll only be disappointed when the recipe you try either fails or is really bland. If my copy wasn't a gift I'd be selling it right now!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Fancy a touch of the Raymond Revue bar in your kitchen? Cox Cookies & Cake is the book based on the Soho cupcake bakery created by UK based French patissier Eric Lanlard and fashion designer Patrick Cox.

The 75 recipes are predominantly cupcakes with two chapters on cookies, bars and biscuits. Reading is like stepping through a narrow alley off Brewer Street, it's dark with neon graphics. Glitter balls and leather feature as props.

The soft cover gives the impression of shiny PVC, the graphics are reminiscent of Soft Cell's Non Stop Erotic Cabaret album. Endpapers show pictures from seedy venues and their shop - it's up to the reader to discern which is which.

This isn't a book that takes itself seriously. Presumably it's the first cookery book ever to feature the word "semen" in lights (page 36, it's actually a cropped photo of sign saying "basement"). I fear to google the phrase "cock rings" but suspect that the adornment on top of "crown cupcakes" looks like one.

Like Marc Almond's eyeliner and bangles invading a Top of the Pops episode otherwise filled with Shaking Stevens and Buck's Fizz, Cox Cookies and Cake is an antidote to any notion that baking books need be saccharine.

The styling chapter gets surprisingly involved with sugarcraft; "cheeky" cupcakes present an opportunity to paint a thong on edible paste bottoms; chocolate gets moulded into skulls.

Two cupcakes on the front cover are not featured inside; Andy Warhol Marilyns and bicep curling arms. Presumably the former are printed with edible ink. Having seen a similar technique on Bakerella, I was hoping to see how to make them. The latter look very similar to "man cakes" but this should be spelled out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid . .
Terrible book. This guy should stick to making shoes. Anyone baking his black forest cupcakes for 40 to 45 minutes at 200 degrees will end up with little burnt lumps that taste... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Neil Campsie
5.0 out of 5 stars Present for myself
Love this book. Little but naughty and a little bit nice.
Very inspiring for anyone who loves baking. Also includes fat free and gluten free recipe's.
Published 15 months ago by maggie
3.0 out of 5 stars Cox Cookies and Cake
Only made the Triple chocolate cupcakes so far, and found them to be a bit dry. I may have cooked them too long though!
Published 15 months ago by H M WILLIAMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Dee-vahn!
Bought this book for my friend in South Africa who is a bit of a cupcake queen. I knew nothing about the book but she had seen it written about in a magazine, researched it and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I love this book. The recipes do work and they taste really good. The photography is fun, very well done and represents the area where Eric Lanlard and Patrick Cox have their shop. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Abbee
5.0 out of 5 stars cox cookies & cakes
A mouthwatering selection of baking. A must for all ages. Some fabulous ideas for the eye catching end result. Will be well used.
Published 21 months ago by ems
5.0 out of 5 stars Cakes cakes cakes
My wife bought this on recomendation and loved it. She then bought two more for family and friends who also loved it.
Published 24 months ago by fillmyboots
5.0 out of 5 stars great
love this book iv made few off the recipes since getting book too week ago. looking forward to makeing more plus looking for more off erics books.
Published on 18 Mar 2012 by lisa68
4.0 out of 5 stars something a bit different
The book contains lots of unusual cupcake recipes although I've only been able to try one of them so far. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2012 by bandmad
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Cakes
Visually this book is stunning and would look great on any food lovers coffee table, practically it has some fabulous recipes using some unusual ingredients. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2011 by gardenteacakesandme
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