Remember the last time your baker flopped an important cake? It was for the Harrison’s 50th Wedding anniversary? How could you forget it, you ran into the kitchen, ranting, screaming and raving what a fool she was. You told her she knew nothing about baking and that she had cost the company all of the profits on the event.
The piece highlights Jen Yates’s blog, Cake Wrecks and her new book of the same title. If you have ever made a cupcake, flopped at cookie baking, fired a pastry chef for a fallen souffl? or became irate because Buffy misspelled William Beasley Bonerasky’s name on his retirement sheet pan vanilla cake, you have to read the article, scan the blog and then buy the book.
Cake Wrecks, When Professional Cakes go Hilariously Wrong, belongs in every professional kitchen in the country. The book should proudly sit above the baker’s table with flour fingerprints spotting the cover. The pages should be slightly worn by week’s end with crumbs of dried dough in the fold and spine.
Every owner needs to make Cake Wrecks a mandatory read for each of their employees who bake. It’s a bible of examples of cakes gone bad, money lost and profits evaporating. Not to mention the lost customers when the cakes were not caught in time.
If you’ve got a baker, buy the book. Then make sure you give every new baker a spelling test. It may seem simple enough, but we can’t assume everyone can spell Hapy Birtday.