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Monday
Nov222010

Sweet Giveaway: A World of Cake by Krystina Castella

Image from A World of Cake by Krystina CastellaConfession: I have sort of a crush on Krystina Castella.

If you're unfamiliar with her work, then you're in for a sweet treat: she's the brains behind such books as Pops!: Icy Treats for Everyone , Booze Cakes: Confections Spiked With Spirits, Wine, and Beer, Crazy About Cupcakes, and most recently (released within a month of one another!) Crazy About Cookies and A World of Cake.

And while there's a lot to love about any book that features recipes for sweet treats, what in my mind really separates Castella from the crowd is her backround as an industrial designer: this is strongly reflected in each of her books, which are beautifully and thoughtfully constructed, both visually and in terms of the actual content. Of course, it doesn't hurt that she's smart as a whip, very clever, and a mean baker to boot.

You know what? The awesomeness that is Krystina Castella is really too much to put into a single post, and so all week I am going to be dedicating posts to her amazing works, including recipes and an interview!

But we'll kick it off with a giveaway, OK? One lucky winner will receive a copy of A World of Cake, which includes over 150 recipes and stories about cakes from all over the world. Not only will you get a ton of delicious recipes, but you might just learn something, too.

How do you enter yourself in the running? Simply leave a comment below stating a cake recipe (it can be international or domestic!) you've been dying to try. Optional: feel free to link to or include a recipe!

The winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, November 30th, at 12pm PST; US entrants only this time, please! The book will be sent directly from the publisher, Storey Publishing.

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Reader Comments (129)

Maryland's 12-layer Smith Island Cake!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline
I have had this one bookmarked for a while: http://www.cheekykitchen.com/2010/10/vanilla-pudding-party-cake-with.html Classic and delicious! I never make simple cakes like this, but I enjoy them so much!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna
I have been meaning to try making a tres leches cake!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterHannah P.
i've been wanting to try chocolate hazelnut pound cake! my favorite combination!!

http://www.food.com/recipe/chocolate-hazelnut-pound-cake-253311
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
I want to try my favorite German Chocolate Cake!!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterMir
I've been eying a coconut cake for about a year now- but haven't buckled down and made it.
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie
I would love to make a carrot cake swirled cheesecake....like they have at the Cheesecake Factory!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterJennyK
I want to make a great big fancy (as in bakery-fancy, not odd ingredients fancy) coffee cake. HUGE cake, I'm telling you. Maybe Thanksgiving should be the time for it...
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterErin
I have seen photos of a beautiful layered crepe cake that I'd love to try out when I have the time.
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterRH
I want to make a thousand and one chocolate chip cake!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
Italian Cream Cake! I could really, I would really use this book............
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Calvin
I haven't made anything with my checkerboard cake pan in a while but would like to try something new with it...
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterBecca Salmon
I really wanna try a treditional "Princess cake" green merzipan and all!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterMechelle Johnson
I've been dying to try the thanksgiving leftovers cake actually :)
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
my partner's mother just gave me a two tiered lemon cake with lemon icing that i am just DYING to try! ditto olivia's molten chocolate cake comment too- i've always wondered how to make one of those.
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie R.
I just made a dark chocolate and cappuccino layer cake this weekend - it came out amazing and the way it was layered impressed everyone :)
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
I've been dying to make a Smith Island Cake (http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Smith-Island-Cake). Something about all those layers is so appealing. The chocolate and peanut butter help too!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
I would love to try the thanksgiving day cake that you linked on the website earlier this month! I don't know that I have the patience to make it, but I would love love love to eat it!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterMegan
I've seen apple stack cake in a few different places recently and I really want to try it!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterElisabeth
This was a big week for me since I just took my first adventures into the world of pies (pumpkin and pecan). But then December's issue of Bon Appetit arrived in the mail yesterday with a beautiful chocolate cake decorated with sculpted chocolate ribbons on the cover. So now I'm completely obsessed with recreating this for our Christmas party and back to the world of cakes!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterBlair
Oh, there's a whole backlog of recipes I want to try. Red Velvet is right up there, but I'm not sure I've found the ultimate recipe yet. I'm also quite intrigued by the Chocolate Dump-it Cake, not least for its clunky name, which I'm certain indicates sheer deliciousness:

http://events.nytimes.com/recipes/9404/2002/05/12/Chocolate-Dump-It-Cake/recipe.html

There's also a Lime In The Coconut cake that won a Food Network challenge of some sort:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ultimate-recipe-showdown/put-the-lime-in-the-coconut-cake-recipe/index.html

So you can see by this impressive listing that I totally deserve to be randomly selected. ;)
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterManda
I'm just waiting for a reason to make this Mocha Latte cake! http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2010/09/mocha-latte-cake.html
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterSarah AJ
My mom recently sent me a recipe for a seven layer cake that looks amazing.
November 23 | Unregistered Commenteremilyadi
I enjoyed the most fabulous coconut cream cake at a wonderful restaurant in Santa Barbara this summer. The restaurant is called Cava ... and actually it's in Montecito .. but anyway .. it was so delicious that I'm on a mission to replicate it. I asked .. but the chef was not willing to share the recipe. Cava is a kind of upscale Mexican restaurant so I'm not sure if this coconut cream cake has a Mexican heritage or not ... but I've been scouring cookbooks and food blogs looking for something that comes close. Unfortunately, no luck yet!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterJulie J
I want to try the cranberry upside down cake from Smitten Kitchen http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/11/upside-down-cranberry-cake/ I know it looks really ugly, but I think it would taste delicious!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterAna
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