My newest book is The Birthday Cake Book (Harvard Common Press) and I am thrilled to present it you here. My very first book, The Wedding Cake Book, was initially published in 1997, and in many ways, I consider this an extended follow-up. I love a celebratory cake and while there is a market for those of you who are passionate enough to make a wedding cake, certainly we all have birthdays occurring every day of the year and this book is for you. The book features over 75 recipes, with full-color photos. While there are complete cake ideas, such as the Chocolate Extravaganza Cake, the Banana Split Cake, the Tropical Carrot Cake and even a Teeny-Tiny Milk Chocolate Orange Cake for intimate gatherings, I am particularly excited about the basics section where you will find Quick 'n' Easy Chocolate Cake, White Cake, Yellow Cake, all kinds of fillings and frostings from an Italian Meringue Buttercream (complete with variations) to a Confectioners' Sugar Frosting, Fudgy Chocolate Frosting, Seven-Minute Frosting as well as Lemon Curd and Pastry Cream. Use these basics to create your own cake - birthdays, after all, are all about giving the birthday person what they want! I truly hope you will find inspiration within the pages and please email me with comments or questions - and don't forget to send me pictures of the cakes you make. I love seeing how my work helps bakers make edible creations of their own.