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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)

I would like to try a buttered rum lava cake that was emailed to me from the pillsbury website! It looks delicious!
November 23 | Unregistered Commenterjenna k.
I want to replicate the chocolate chip ricotta cake from Claire's Corner Copia in New Haven. It's insanely good.
November 23 | Unregistered Commenterk
I definitely need to try a Tres Leches Cake, but I also want to find a really good recipe for Rum cake.
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterChristine
I was reading Food and Wine a month or so back and there was a recipe for a special Italian cake that caught my eye, mostly because it was prepared with whole grapes in it! I've never seen such a thing before. The recipe is still sitting on my shelf, I hope I get to try it soon :)
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey W B
I've been wanting to try a booze cake ever since I heard about the book. Sounds AWESOME. :)
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
Tartine Bakery's lemon meringue cake. I'm going to make it for my birthday!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterAmy I.
I'd love to try to make red velvet cake by Pioneer Woman. I've never made one before and hers looks delicious!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle R.
I want to try and do a croquembouche, if only winter and dry air would arrive to Houston
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterPilar
Probably a Hummingbird Cake or a Lady Baltimore Cake (mostly because I just love the elegant name :)
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterDana
Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Guinness Cake:


It looks dense, seasonal & totally delicious! Also reminds me of chocolate gingerbread, which I looooooove. Can't wait to try it out
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterJLW
I'm dying to make the gorgeous cake pictured at the top of this post! What is it? Some sort of blueberry deliciousness, I gather. I want it in my mouth.
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterJulia
A good old-fashioned Hummingbird Cake is on MY list of cakes to make soon! Sooo yummy!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl
I would love this book! I always love trying new cakes :)
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterSarah F
Bolzano Apple Cake- makes 6 to 8 servings
(from A Whisk and a Spoon)

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pan
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped and reserved
1 1/4 pounds (3 to 4 small to medium) Granny Smith apples
1/2 cup AP flour, plus mor for dusting the pan
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
Powdered sugar for dusting

-Heat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line the base of an 8-inch springform pan with parchment, then smear with thick layer of butter. Dust with flour; turn pan over and tap lightly to remove excess flour.
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterMeg
I'd love to try making a pumpkin pound cake.... mmmmmm yum!
November 23 | Unregistered Commenterandrea young
This book looks awesome! I was looking through the book's index, and I think I'd like to try the Carrot-Rice Cake with Yogurt Sauce, because (let's be honest) it sounds so wrong, but it probably tastes so right!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterSara
My co-worker keeps referring to a gooey cake by Paula Deen...hmm...
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterYummyChunklet
Is seriously wanting to try Rick Tramonto's olive oil cake with passion fruit and mango crema from his book, "Osteria"!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterJess
I'd love to try my hand at angel food cake. I lack the pan, so I'm hoping to make it in cupcake form soon!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
There are many cake recipes I'm dying to try, but these have been on my list for a while:

La Peche en Rose: http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2006/08/la-pche-en-rose-rosy-peach-cake.html (and I have peaches in my freezer!)

And Mrs. Kay's Date Cake: http://www.dietdessertndogs.com/2008/07/20/mrs-ks-date-cake/
(also have dates in my fridge...)
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
Chocolate Lava Cake!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterJess
I want to try to make a King Cake!
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterSheila
i've seen an episode of the best thing i ever ate on the foodnetwork
and i was introduced to popovers! :D
they look so delicious but i can't make them for several reasons,.
popover pans are too expensive for me
i can't seem to find a decent recipe with a decent picture
and time is something i do not seem to have a lot these days ):
but i will achieve my goal one day! ^^
November 23 | Unregistered CommenterVivian
POP cakes...do they qualify as a cake? They are soooo darn cute.
November 24 | Unregistered Commenterlou
I love to make cakes! For a quick cake I use Trader Joes Vanilla Cake, I mix about two Tablespoon of flour and brown sugar together add it to the bottom of the pan along with some fresh or frozen mix berrys on top and then the cake mix and bake in the oven. Following the box direction. Makes a great upside down cake..You can use pineapple and cherries too!
November 24 | Unregistered CommenterMJ
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