Are you a baker? Do you think you're pretty cool? Well, think again. Because Gesine Bullock-Prado wrote the book on cool baking. Actually, she's written several: My Life from Scratch: A Sweet Journey of Starting Over, One Cake at a Time; Sugar Baby: Confections, Candies, Cakes & Other Delicious Recipes for Cooking with Sugar; Pie It Forward: Pies, Tarts, Tortes, Galettes, and Other Pastries Reinvented; and now, Bake It Like You Mean It: Gorgeous Cakes from Inside Out. I mean, seriously. You should take a few minutes here to buy all of them.
I baked something last week from the most recent book, and man, did it ever go over well. You'll have to wait a few days for that post, because I've been busy painting cupcakes and unicorns. But in the meantime I will show you a picture of one of the cakes from the book that my friend Peabody made. I hope she doesn't mind me sharing her picture, especially since I didn't ask. But seriously, isn't this amazing?
Now, if you, like me, are curious to know more about the baking prodigy behind this creative deliciousness, well, you're in luck. Because Gesine was kind enough to answer a few questions so we could all get to know her better. This should whet your appetite til I can post that recipe!
Interview with Gesine Bullock-Prado
What's the best thing to happen to you in the last 48 hours? The Dartmouth Women's Tennis team sent me a long sleeved team t-shirt to thank me for making them a cake while they were on the road, competing in LA. I was away from home too, baking in California for the Bake It publicity tour, and I was already in the groove so I pumped out a checkerboard cake to fuel them away from home. I really wasn't doing it for the cozy t-shirt, I swear.
What are your thoughts on cake for breakfast? My thoughts are,"yes please." And let's not forget that muffins, everyone's favorite morning comestible, are really just cake in paper Spanx.
Can you suggest a polite way to extract myself from conversations with people once they've said "I don't like dessert"? "I have the number of a wonderful therapist who can help you with that."
Do you have any superstitions? They usually follow along the lines of the rules of "Fight Club." So I can't talk about them.
Zombie apocalypse! You only have time to grab three objects from your home before running. What are they? The husband (I often treat him as an object because he's so pretty), the dogs (they count as a single unit and I might stuff them when they pass, so I'm counting them as objects too) and my flock of chickens and water fowl (also counting them as a single unit and see my dog answer re stuffing).
WITHOUT GOOGLING IT: what is cream of tartar, anyway? If it's a something to do with pastry AND wine, I'll likely know the answer. Cream of tartar happens to be and acid derived from a sediment left over from delicious wine fermentation, I also am a meringue fiend and am friends with all acids that help in denaturing egg whites. Do I get some wine for knowing the answer?
What quality to you most admire in a person? Kindness
What is your personal mission statement? Bake it like you mean it. I'm not kidding. I've been using it as a mantra for a kagillion years and it took me that long to realize that I could recycle it for use as a book title.
What is your favorite US city for eating? Vermont. I's not a city but our entire population doesn't match the census numbers in a NYC borough so I think it counts. I think we should rename the state Cheese City.
If you could choose any person living or dead to bake a cake or treat for, who would it be and why? Mark Twain. He loved his pie. While he was spending an extended period of time in the UK, he wrote fantastic letters to his housekeeper back in the states just listing all the pies he wanted to eat when he got back home.
What's the best gift you've ever given? A Zojirushi Fuzzy Logic rice maker along with a bundle of Japanese Pub Food cookbooks to my husband. This was a few years ago and I'm still getting great food out of him on a weekly basis.
Since you live in Vermont...can you tell me a story about creemees? They are delicious and not meant for the lactose intolerant. I tolerate lactose beautifully so my stories don't include any danger or hijinks.
If you were able to go back in time and give your 13-year old self a message, what would it be? Buy stock in Microsoft & Apple.
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Don't you love her? Buy the book now: Bake It Like You Mean It: Gorgeous Cakes from Inside Out