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A nostalgic ode to the joy of homemade cake, beautifully photographed and with easy mix-and-match recipes for a sweet lift any day of the week.

“A sweet book full of incredible photography, delightfully simple recipes, and so, so much love.”—Alison Roman, author of Dining In

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES AND FOOD52

Everyone has a favorite style of cake, whether it''s citrusy and fresh or chocolatey and indulgent. All of these recipes and more are within your reach in  Simple Cake, a love letter from Brooklyn apron and bakeware designer Odette Williams to her favorite treat.

With easy recipes and inventive decorating ideas, Williams gives you recipes for 10 base cakes, 15 toppings, and endless decorating ideas to yield a treat—such as Milk & Honey Cake, Coconut Cake, Summer Berry Pavlova, and Chocolatey Chocolate Cake—for any occasion.

Williams also addresses the fundamentals for getting cakes just right, with foolproof recipes that can be cranked out whenever the urge strikes. Gorgeous photography, along with Williams''s warm and heartfelt writing, elevate this book into something truly special.

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"The premise of Simple Cake is a lovely one: It aims to make baking a cake the kind of thing you do to celebrate life’s little moments as well as the big ones, from a lost tooth to a milestone birthday. . . . This book is perfect for newlyweds, a new parent or anyone looking to make new traditions." The New York Times

"The idea of offering ten base cakes, fifteen toppings, a flavor chart, and dozens of decorating ideas is both fun and ingenious! This might be the only cake book one needs." —Helen Goh, co-author of Sweet

" Simple Cake delivers quick and easy cakes that you can enjoy any day or dress up for special occasions. The recipes are unfussy and joyful; they are the perfect excuse to share with the ones you love. You will make these cakes part of your baking legacy." —Aran Goyoaga, author of Small Plates & Sweet Treats and creator of Cannelle et Vanille

" Simple Cake is such a sweet book full of incredible photography, delightfully simple recipes, and so, so much love. It''s as deeply personal as it is useful and I can''t wait to bake from it." —Alison Roman, author of Dining In and Nothing Fancy

“Wonderfully uncomplicated . . . Thoughtful and inspiring, this fresh take on cakes should find an enthusiastic audience.” —Publishers Weekly

"Odette Williams loves cake. Her book, a collection of "unfussy, classic recipes" that she''s been perfecting for years, is all about delivering on your cake craving, even if life wants to get in the way. The recipes are simple and achievable: She offers 10 base cake recipes and 15 topping ideas that can be mixed and matched to fit your dessert needs, wants, and desires." —Epicurious

About the Author

Odette Williams is an Australian expat and baking fanatic who now calls Brooklyn home. After becoming a mother, Odette realized that she couldn''t find any keepsake apron sets for her young children to don when they baked together, so she made some herself. Friends started asking for aprons for their own children, and in 2013 Odette launched her eponymous brand. Odette Williams products—including flour scoops and cookie cutters—very quickly got picked up by leading retailers, including J.Crew, Anthropologie, ABC Carpet, Le Bon Marche, and Barneys.

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I’ve always loved cake. Deeply. The fewer ingredients a cake has, the more I want it. There’s nothing as comforting as the smell of a cake baking when you walk into a home. It smells like love.
Simple Cake is a selection of unfussy, classic recipes that I’ve been tinkering away at for years, not only to satisfy cravings but also to share my love of cake with my family and friends. These recipes are the ones that are in high rotation in my busy home. They’re simple enough to survive a little household chaos; in fact, let’s just agree that pandemonium is one of the ingredients.

Because no two cravings are the same, I’ve written this like a choose-your- own-adventure cake book: ten cakes and fifteen toppings that can be mixed and matched to create endless flavor combinations. At their simplest, these cakes can be baked and dusted with confectioners’ sugar. I’ve also created a chart of flavor combinations for you to experiment with as you get to know the recipes. Following the base recipes are thirty cake-worthy moments when the people in my life need or enjoy cake, and it goes way beyond birthdays.

You might be wondering where to find the time and energy to bake a cake. It’s hard enough most days just getting dinner on the table; right? But here’s the thing; I promise you that it won’t take long to bake one of these cakes for that birthday boy or girl, for a friend who’s having a rough time, for yourself as a bribe, for someone who has captured your heart, for a family treat, or because it’s rainy and you’re stuck inside with sick kids. Bake for the people you love, and they’ll surely love you for it. Baking a cake for someone shows that you’ve put them at the forefront of your mind, that you’ve used your time and creativity to love them. Even if it’s lopsided love.

I had the idea for Simple Cake rattling around in my head for years. There’s
an iconic publication that had a huge impact on my relationship with cake: The Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book. Published in the eighties, it became the bible for kids’ parties around the country and a cult classic back home in Australia. The premise was simple: one cake recipe, a handful of toppings, and a bunch of fanciful themed designs that made
it nearly impossible for a child to choose just one every year. You wanted them all so badly that the selection process became half the fun. There were typewriters, pools, rockets, castles, pirates, and the coveted train cake that graced the cover. (I never got that one!) These cakes satisfied every kid’s birthday cake dream. It was an imaginative workhorse of a book— home-baker friendly and a source of rich family folklore. Making the cakes generated many happy and hilarious memories. It was always exciting to turn up at a friend’s birthday party to see which cake they had chosen and how their family had executed the design.

It was the unexpected death of my father that finally gave life to Simple Cake. When I was back in Australia helping organize Dad’s funeral, I found myself poring over his old photos. In among the curling images was one of Dad and me. We’re in the backyard with a neighborhood friend and my brother. I was dressed in Dad’s paint-splattered cargo work shirt, looking at a cake he had baked for my birthday, taken from a recipe in The Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book. Dad is craning over the cake, lighting the candles as I helped by shielding them. Despite the fact that my father’s family had owned a successful bread bakery in town, I know that Dad, a newly divorced father in his late thirties, would have been out of his comfort zone baking a bunny birthday cake. It was a bittersweet discovery, a happy childhood memory I’d forgotten about that I suddenly wished I could thank him for.That photo was taken more than thirty years ago, and I’m now a mother to Opal and Ned and stepmother to their big sisters Dixie and Matilda. Remembering that cake my father had created made me appreciate how important small acts of kindness are in the big picture, that when you step outside your comfort zone, good things can transpire. I’m now a long way from that secure, suburban childhood. Twelve years ago, I left Australia  for love, and it has been an adventure.

Home is now a brownstone in Brooklyn with a never-ending rotation of friends and family coming and going. I love the energy of a full house. It keeps homesickness at bay and gives me a good excuse to bake. After I returned home from Dad’s funeral, I felt a need to share why I believe cake matters.Simple Cake started with a summer of baking and jotting down my cake memories. (Tough gig.) My infatuation with cakes began, as it does for many, in early childhood. On special occasions, my mother would bake, and after she had finished mixing the batter, my brother and I would each get a beater to lick. One beater was never enough. I’d sneak my fingers into the batter when she wasn’t looking and rescue the spatula from  the sink. When I was a little older, I’d come home from school cravingsomething sweet. When I couldn’t find anything except the salty sandwich spread, Vegemite, and brown bread in the pantry, I’d mix myself some cake batter. I did this so often that I memorized a basic batter recipe—with just the perfect afternoon portion. Most times, I wouldn’t bother baking the cake—I’d just eat the batter. To this day, I still don’t know which I lovemore: the batter or the baked cake. I have no fear of salmonella.

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Nikki N.
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Maybe because I did not receive it for free...
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2019
I am one of the few that disagreed with other 5-star reviews. To begin with, there are basically 10 basic recipes in the book--or 7, if you leave out madeleines, meringue, and almond gato. The last one also doesn''t come with a picture so I still have no idea of... See more
I am one of the few that disagreed with other 5-star reviews.

To begin with, there are basically 10 basic recipes in the book--or 7, if you leave out madeleines, meringue, and almond gato. The last one also doesn''t come with a picture so I still have no idea of what it is. The rest 2/3 of the book are about ways to make variations out of whatever. I wouldn''t say the cookbook is bad, but it is overpriced.

It is also very basic. I don''t think "simple" and "basic" are always synonymous, but the basic here means you could also easily find other similar cake recipes online (i.e. basic chocolate cakes, basic vanilla cake, and Ina''s famous lemon yogurt loaf etc.). If you happen to have other cookbooks on baking, you''ll most likely already have those recipes. I wouldn''t say the recipes are bad, but they are not special or unique to me.

If you don''t have any, this could be a nice "introductory" cake book for you. But if I were a true novice for cake-baking, would I be willing to pay for $15 (+Tax) for this book (as opposed to getting some recipes from the Internet to start with)? I probably wouldn''t.
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lady_lyn
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This is NOT the only cake book you''ll ever need
Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2019
I would really like to give this 4.5 stars because this book is excellent at what it sets out to do (provide unfussy, delicious cake recipes) but does have some significant gaps. Simple Cake IS for you if you: ~Want a few carefully curated recipes with LOTS... See more
I would really like to give this 4.5 stars because this book is excellent at what it sets out to do (provide unfussy, delicious cake recipes) but does have some significant gaps.

Simple Cake IS for you if you:
~Want a few carefully curated recipes with LOTS of suggested variations to customize them. I call this book choose your own adventures with cake because each recipe has a list of flavor, size, and topping variations that makes it easy to have an astonishing amount of variety from just ten base cake recipes. It''s incredibly fun.
~Live surrounded by chaos and still want to bake. The author is a parent who bakes with her family, and it definitely shows with recipes that use minimal dishes and can be followed even while distracted. I successfully made the coconut cake with simple glaze while talking on the phone and the lemon yogurt cake with silky marshmallow frosting with interruptions and intermittent help from my six- and nine-year-olds, and it all turned out scrumptious.
~Gravitate toward simple, rustic, unfussy bakes. Many of these recipes are designed so that you can be sitting down eating your sugary creation an hour and a half after you started baking. It''s very nearly instant gratification.

Simple Cake is NOT for you if you:
~Want carrot cake. (I''m slightly bitter because as soon as I found out that I was getting this book, I planned to make carrot cake the instant it arrived. I was SO EXCITED to try a new take on my favorite cake only to find out when the book arrived two weeks later that there''s no carrot cake recipe. Boo.)
~Want a comprehensive book of cake recipes and techniques. In spite of the incredibly audacious claim that these are the only only cake recipes you''ll ever need, there are some big omissions. Even if you don''t count some of the trickier cakes (and I DO count them) like swiss rolls, angel food, genoise, etc., there are classics that are conspicuously absent. Where''s the German Chocolate Cake? Where''s the cheesecake? Where''s the *cough, cough* CARROT CAKE?
~Want a cookbook that includes decorating techniques and tips for polished finished products. This book is all about simple and quick and charmingly rustic rather than flawless. It''s a breath of fresh air, yes, and makes everyday cake friendly and accessible, but if you''re aiming for fancy, special occasion polish, look somewhere else.
~Want vegan cake. A couple of the recipes could easily use egg and milk substitutes, but I think you''d have to be a fairly experienced baker to figure out how make it work. It would have been nice if the author had included a few vegan substitution suggestions in the plethora of possible variations offered. There''s a gluten free recipe, why not include a vegan one as well?

One final note: If you are a high altitude baker, the necessary alterations for your cakes to bake correctly are not included in the text. Usually adding an additional 1/4-1/2 cup of flour to the dry ingredients does the trick, but sometimes cooking times and temperatures need to be adjusted as well.

Thank you, @tenspeedpress for the free book!
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Shailja Sharma
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Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2019
I was excited about this book but it basically has ten cake recipes and a bunch of suggestions for glazing, icing, serving etc. Not a whole lot for a whole book.
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Michael Althoff
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Prepare to be disappointed
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2020
The entire premise of the book is built around 10 cake recipes and 15 topping recipes that you can mix and match. Unfortunately several of the recipes just don''t work. I tell you this as someone who went to culinary school and has been cooking for a living for the past four... See more
The entire premise of the book is built around 10 cake recipes and 15 topping recipes that you can mix and match. Unfortunately several of the recipes just don''t work. I tell you this as someone who went to culinary school and has been cooking for a living for the past four years. A couple of the recipes are lovely and work well. But all of them are delicate and require a lot of baking know how to ensure they turn out well. The Lemon Yogurt cake in particular I tried on 3 separate occasions. Each time I used a different cake pan (each recipe lists several types you can use) and each time I had to throw the cake away. I just finished baking the chocolate coconut cake and had to throw it away as well. Thankfully I had the good sense to throw the cook book away with it. The recipes have a tendency to be stodgy and dense. Often under baked even after exceeding the times listed. Even baking them in different ovens didn''t alter the result. Feel free to find out for yourself. Your trash can is going to be eating more cake than you will.
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laura ✨
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Beautiful book with simple recipes
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2019
I bought this book a little over a week ago and couldn''t wait to get baking. This weekend I made the lemon yogurt cake and added poppy seeds and cream cheese frosting, as well as the chocolate coconut cake. They were well balanced and not overly sweet (but not under, I do... See more
I bought this book a little over a week ago and couldn''t wait to get baking. This weekend I made the lemon yogurt cake and added poppy seeds and cream cheese frosting, as well as the chocolate coconut cake. They were well balanced and not overly sweet (but not under, I do like my sweets). The recipes are easy to follow and don''t call for too fussy of ingredients. On top of that the book is beautifully written, designed, and photographed. I bought this on a whim and have zero regrets. :D

Update:
After having this book for a little over a year I still love it. In quarantine I''ve gotten into the habit of baking something sweet every week and I am consistently reaching for this book. I read a review before saying that the recipes aren''t complicated and you could find something similar online. That might be perfectly true (the book is called Simple Cake after all), but for everyday cakes and a beginner/intermediate baker I find that they are just unique enough. If there was one downside to the book I would say that she provides alternative pan sizes for all of the cakes, but they feel random to me and I only have 3 pans myself (a cake, bundt, and cupcake pan. I would prefer if she added a chart that showed pan size and bake time for all of the cake recipes. Even with that gripe, I plan to cherish this book for many years and will be buying it as a gift for others.
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Ehmuhlee
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A Step Above Box Mixes / Choose Your Own Cake Adventure
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2019
This is a pared down or modernized rendition of a book that''s been done before - Cake Magic by Caroline Wright, which I also own. The differences are Cake Magic is brimming with special dietary needs or ideas to adapt them while this one has 10 cakes, 15 toppings, and make... See more
This is a pared down or modernized rendition of a book that''s been done before - Cake Magic by Caroline Wright, which I also own. The differences are Cake Magic is brimming with special dietary needs or ideas to adapt them while this one has 10 cakes, 15 toppings, and make with it what you will attitude with a few additional suggestions. It''s a choose your own cake adventure of sorts in both books. Simple Cake also has far more personal stories and memories woven through for a sentimental heart string tugging approach. The recipes are very basic. Still, I was obviously curious enough to purchase this one.

On a scale of box mixes, box mix with add-ins, made from scratch, advanced, and pastry chef style cakes, this falls in the beginner / easy make from scratch and if you frequently bake it won''t stretch your skills.

There are a lot of things I love about this book - the matte pages, the interesting cake variations, the touches of Brooklyn, and the weight measures to name a few... it''s a very concise book of cakes and definitely not the only book you''d ever need unless having baked a cake before. In fact, if you have many cookbooks you likely have very similar recipes already.

The things I don''t particularly love are the heavy Australian notes with Lamington and Meringues (not my favorite), but I get it, those are touches of "home" for the author. Despite the professional images there is a very made at home feeling to all of these cakes that are a touch rustic. The personal family celebrations and memories thread runs through this one in a big way. If you''re looking for some new family traditions based around cakes this one might be great for you. If you''re after an array of more versatile recipes without lots of stories and want to push your skill set you may feel a little disappointed.

The title says it all. It''s a simple and concise collection of recipes.
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Nora
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Simply delicious!
Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2019
I am NOT a home baker. Not even remotely. But this amazing baking book makes me feel like I am! The super fun mix-and-match format takes all of the guesswork out of composing a masterpiece (you really can''t go wrong) but leaves an unadulterated sense of creativity! Sort of... See more
I am NOT a home baker. Not even remotely. But this amazing baking book makes me feel like I am! The super fun mix-and-match format takes all of the guesswork out of composing a masterpiece (you really can''t go wrong) but leaves an unadulterated sense of creativity! Sort of reminds me of how accomplished I felt after a solid session of tracing Fashion Plates in the 80s (but much prettier and way more delectable). Gorgeous photos and so many sweet reasons to let them eat cake. Simply perfect!
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Greg
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The best baking cookbook
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2020
Truly, this is a wonderful baking cookbook. I enthusiastically recommend this cookbook for beginner-to-intermediate bakers looking for recipes without expensive ingredients or intricate designs. The recipes are simple but delicious results. The authors layer on... See more
Truly, this is a wonderful baking cookbook. I enthusiastically recommend this cookbook for beginner-to-intermediate bakers looking for recipes without expensive ingredients or intricate designs. The recipes are simple but delicious results.

The authors layer on complexity nicely by adding suggestions at the end of each recipe. The recipes come out very well even in mediocre to poor quality ovens that lack convection baking options (like mine). I enthusiastically recommend this cookbook.
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Style over substance
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 31, 2019
Lovely concept, and I still have lots of the recipes to make, but judging it on its chocolate cake I have to say this is a total fail. I’ve had nicer packet cakes. It’s very easy to make, light and looks great but taste is not very chocolaty and rather has background of...See more
Lovely concept, and I still have lots of the recipes to make, but judging it on its chocolate cake I have to say this is a total fail. I’ve had nicer packet cakes. It’s very easy to make, light and looks great but taste is not very chocolaty and rather has background of oil, and texture is similarly very definitely that slightly rubber one you get with an oil based cake. Swiss buttercream recipie is good, but again needs a big boost in chocolate flavour. Will try some of the other recipes but it feels like the focus has been on the concept and styling of the book rather that recipes.
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P Paterson
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Best cake book I have ever owned!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 27, 2019
I am surprised at the negative reviews! I am a terrible baker and my cakes nearly always fail. Since getting this book that has all changed! I love it - I love that its 10 recipes with masses of variations, alternative frostings, shapes, flavours and additions which totally...See more
I am surprised at the negative reviews! I am a terrible baker and my cakes nearly always fail. Since getting this book that has all changed! I love it - I love that its 10 recipes with masses of variations, alternative frostings, shapes, flavours and additions which totally change the characteristic of the cake with little fuss. There really is a cake for every occasion and absolutely everything has turned out perfectly. I agree the chocolate cake is not chocolatey enough for my liking but is still delicious. I think this book is a true find and I love the way its written and presented!
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An Heirloom Cookbook!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 18, 2019
Gorgeous photos, beautiful writing and anecdotes, and so far... simple and delicious recipes. When I was a kid my mom and I would read cookbooks together like storybooks. Simple Cake reminds me of our favorites - beautiful storytelling and flavors that create memories.
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Cake cookbook
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Disappointing not as I had expected! 12 basic recipes used in all recipes
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Amazing book!
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A delightful gift to anyone or to yourself! It worths every page, enjoy it!
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A nostalgic ode to the joy of homemade cake, beautifully photographed and with easy mix-and-match recipes for a sweet lift any day of the week.

“A sweet book full of incredible photography, delightfully simple recipes, and so, so much love.”—Alison Roman, author of Dining In

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES AND FOOD52

Everyone has a favorite style of cake, whether it''s citrusy and fresh or chocolatey and indulgent. All of these recipes and more are within your reach in  Simple Cake, a love letter from Brooklyn apron and bakeware designer Odette Williams to her favorite treat.

With easy recipes and inventive decorating ideas, Williams gives you recipes for 10 base cakes, 15 toppings, and endless decorating ideas to yield a treat—such as Milk & Honey Cake, Coconut Cake, Summer Berry Pavlova, and Chocolatey Chocolate Cake—for any occasion.

Williams also addresses the fundamentals for getting cakes just right, with foolproof recipes that can be cranked out whenever the urge strikes. Gorgeous photography, along with Williams''s warm and heartfelt writing, elevate this book into something truly special.

Review

"The premise of Simple Cake is a lovely one: It aims to make baking a cake the kind of thing you do to celebrate life’s little moments as well as the big ones, from a lost tooth to a milestone birthday. . . . This book is perfect for newlyweds, a new parent or anyone looking to make new traditions." The New York Times

"The idea of offering ten base cakes, fifteen toppings, a flavor chart, and dozens of decorating ideas is both fun and ingenious! This might be the only cake book one needs." —Helen Goh, co-author of Sweet

" Simple Cake delivers quick and easy cakes that you can enjoy any day or dress up for special occasions. The recipes are unfussy and joyful; they are the perfect excuse to share with the ones you love. You will make these cakes part of your baking legacy." —Aran Goyoaga, author of Small Plates & Sweet Treats and creator of Cannelle et Vanille

" Simple Cake is such a sweet book full of incredible photography, delightfully simple recipes, and so, so much love. It''s as deeply personal as it is useful and I can''t wait to bake from it." —Alison Roman, author of Dining In and Nothing Fancy

“Wonderfully uncomplicated . . . Thoughtful and inspiring, this fresh take on cakes should find an enthusiastic audience.” —Publishers Weekly

"Odette Williams loves cake. Her book, a collection of "unfussy, classic recipes" that she''s been perfecting for years, is all about delivering on your cake craving, even if life wants to get in the way. The recipes are simple and achievable: She offers 10 base cake recipes and 15 topping ideas that can be mixed and matched to fit your dessert needs, wants, and desires." —Epicurious

About the Author

Odette Williams is an Australian expat and baking fanatic who now calls Brooklyn home. After becoming a mother, Odette realized that she couldn''t find any keepsake apron sets for her young children to don when they baked together, so she made some herself. Friends started asking for aprons for their own children, and in 2013 Odette launched her eponymous brand. Odette Williams products—including flour scoops and cookie cutters—very quickly got picked up by leading retailers, including J.Crew, Anthropologie, ABC Carpet, Le Bon Marche, and Barneys.

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I’ve always loved cake. Deeply. The fewer ingredients a cake has, the more I want it. There’s nothing as comforting as the smell of a cake baking when you walk into a home. It smells like love.
Simple Cake is a selection of unfussy, classic recipes that I’ve been tinkering away at for years, not only to satisfy cravings but also to share my love of cake with my family and friends. These recipes are the ones that are in high rotation in my busy home. They’re simple enough to survive a little household chaos; in fact, let’s just agree that pandemonium is one of the ingredients.

Because no two cravings are the same, I’ve written this like a choose-your- own-adventure cake book: ten cakes and fifteen toppings that can be mixed and matched to create endless flavor combinations. At their simplest, these cakes can be baked and dusted with confectioners’ sugar. I’ve also created a chart of flavor combinations for you to experiment with as you get to know the recipes. Following the base recipes are thirty cake-worthy moments when the people in my life need or enjoy cake, and it goes way beyond birthdays.

You might be wondering where to find the time and energy to bake a cake. It’s hard enough most days just getting dinner on the table; right? But here’s the thing; I promise you that it won’t take long to bake one of these cakes for that birthday boy or girl, for a friend who’s having a rough time, for yourself as a bribe, for someone who has captured your heart, for a family treat, or because it’s rainy and you’re stuck inside with sick kids. Bake for the people you love, and they’ll surely love you for it. Baking a cake for someone shows that you’ve put them at the forefront of your mind, that you’ve used your time and creativity to love them. Even if it’s lopsided love.

I had the idea for Simple Cake rattling around in my head for years. There’s
an iconic publication that had a huge impact on my relationship with cake: The Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book. Published in the eighties, it became the bible for kids’ parties around the country and a cult classic back home in Australia. The premise was simple: one cake recipe, a handful of toppings, and a bunch of fanciful themed designs that made
it nearly impossible for a child to choose just one every year. You wanted them all so badly that the selection process became half the fun. There were typewriters, pools, rockets, castles, pirates, and the coveted train cake that graced the cover. (I never got that one!) These cakes satisfied every kid’s birthday cake dream. It was an imaginative workhorse of a book— home-baker friendly and a source of rich family folklore. Making the cakes generated many happy and hilarious memories. It was always exciting to turn up at a friend’s birthday party to see which cake they had chosen and how their family had executed the design.

It was the unexpected death of my father that finally gave life to Simple Cake. When I was back in Australia helping organize Dad’s funeral, I found myself poring over his old photos. In among the curling images was one of Dad and me. We’re in the backyard with a neighborhood friend and my brother. I was dressed in Dad’s paint-splattered cargo work shirt, looking at a cake he had baked for my birthday, taken from a recipe in The Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book. Dad is craning over the cake, lighting the candles as I helped by shielding them. Despite the fact that my father’s family had owned a successful bread bakery in town, I know that Dad, a newly divorced father in his late thirties, would have been out of his comfort zone baking a bunny birthday cake. It was a bittersweet discovery, a happy childhood memory I’d forgotten about that I suddenly wished I could thank him for.That photo was taken more than thirty years ago, and I’m now a mother to Opal and Ned and stepmother to their big sisters Dixie and Matilda. Remembering that cake my father had created made me appreciate how important small acts of kindness are in the big picture, that when you step outside your comfort zone, good things can transpire. I’m now a long way from that secure, suburban childhood. Twelve years ago, I left Australia  for love, and it has been an adventure.

Home is now a brownstone in Brooklyn with a never-ending rotation of friends and family coming and going. I love the energy of a full house. It keeps homesickness at bay and gives me a good excuse to bake. After I returned home from Dad’s funeral, I felt a need to share why I believe cake matters.Simple Cake started with a summer of baking and jotting down my cake memories. (Tough gig.) My infatuation with cakes began, as it does for many, in early childhood. On special occasions, my mother would bake, and after she had finished mixing the batter, my brother and I would each get a beater to lick. One beater was never enough. I’d sneak my fingers into the batter when she wasn’t looking and rescue the spatula from  the sink. When I was a little older, I’d come home from school cravingsomething sweet. When I couldn’t find anything except the salty sandwich spread, Vegemite, and brown bread in the pantry, I’d mix myself some cake batter. I did this so often that I memorized a basic batter recipe—with just the perfect afternoon portion. Most times, I wouldn’t bother baking the cake—I’d just eat the batter. To this day, I still don’t know which I lovemore: the batter or the baked cake. I have no fear of salmonella.

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