- 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 (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cox Cookies & Cake Hardcover – 4 Jul 2011
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Edgy, contemporary design and striking graphic photography reflects the distinctive CCC branding, reaching urbane, fashionable, innovative and creative readers, far beyond the realms of the normal baking audience. The publication of the book will be a publicity event in itself with a glittering star-studded book launch and innovative packaging to be sent out to the media - everything will be done to gain column inches and word-of-mouth media buzz. Marketing and publicity campaigns will feature in The Sunday Times Style hot list and Grazia, and exclusive recipes in Vogue. Radio interviews on Radio 1, TV interviews with Eric and Patrick on 'The One Show', social media including Facebook, Twitter and blogs, viral video on YouTube and others, Foursquare and targeted email campaigns.
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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In short - looks amazing as a coffee table book but I suspect this is not serious cook book.
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.
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.Read more ›
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Photography is inspiring but the recipes don't work, very disappointedPublished 24 months ago by Shopping Kate
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 morePublished on 17 Mar. 2013 by Mr. Neil Campsie
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.
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 on 30 Dec. 2012 by H M WILLIAMS
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 morePublished on 13 Nov. 2012 by Daisy
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 morePublished on 7 Nov. 2012 by Abbee
A mouthwatering selection of baking. A must for all ages. Some fabulous ideas for the eye catching end result. Will be well used.Published on 28 July 2012 by ems