• Simple Cake Cookbook Trailer

    Ladies!!!! It's our day!! 

    Happy International Women's Day to you all.

    I'm super excited as NEXT WEEK my third child, Simple Cake hits shelves. I've been working away at this book trailer and a few other cutdown's with a group of very amazing women over the last month. I hope you enjoy it, and it gets you in the mood to get your cake game on.

    Because let's be honest.. it's cake and women that make life a whole lot sweeter.

    Odette x

    ps. Order now because the wait is over!!

     

  • A Delightful Coconut & Cardamom Cake

    I know I’m a week late, but can we just debrief about the Oscars before I get to talking about the Coconut & Cardamom Cake you should be baking this weekend? Rami Malek. Wow. Not only is he wonderful in Bohemian Rhapsody, his energy and demeanor at the Oscars was palpable. He exuded the joy. And as a voyeur to the moment, I felt so, so happy for him. I’m sure his road to this moment was full of no’s and rejections, so kudos to him for having stamina and  belief. He was childlike and unapologetic in his delight, and it was lovely to watch.

    Speaking of delight… why don’t you give this  delightfully easy cake a spin on Saturday or Sunday? It’s wonderful for morning or afternoon tea. No fancy equipment needed: two bowls and a wooden spoon or whisk and you’ve got this. It’s got two of my favorite flavors, coconut, and not too much cardamom. It’s moist, so can be simply dusted generously with confectioners’ sugar, like all my cakes in Simple Cake.  Something white and whipped on the side never hurts. If you don’t have coconut milk in the pantry, just sub in full-cream milk and it will still turn out a treat. I’ve also thrown in various baking pan sizes just in case because I want you to have cake this weekend so we can be as happy as Malek.

    Photos: Hallie Burton

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    Coconut & Cardamom Cake

    Makes one 8 by 2- inch round cake Preparation: 20 minutes. Or see other pan sizes and bake times below.

     

    Ingredients

    1 cup (130g) all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    ¼ teaspoon salt 
     ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
    1 cup (70g) fine dried shredded unsweetened coconut
    ¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
    2 eggs, at room temperature
    ⅔ cup (160ml) well-stirred unsweetened coconut milk
    8 tablespoons (1 stick/115g) unsalted butter, melted

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 by 2-inch round pan with butter, line the bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper, and grease the paper. Alternatively, grease the pan and dust with coconut, shaking off any excess.

    Place a large sifter or a sieve in a large mixing bowl. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and cardamom and sift.

    Add the coconut and sugar to the flour mixture and whisk to combine.

    In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and coconut milk.

    Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.

    Finally, add the melted butter and stir until smooth.

    Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake in the center of the oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, and the cake bounces back when lightly pressed.

    Remove the cake from the oven and let it stand for 10 minutes. Run a butter knife around the cake to gently release. Peel off the parchment paper from the sides. Invert the cake, peel off the bottom piece of parchment paper, and cool on a wire rack. Dust generously with confectioners’ sugar. 

    Try these other pan options

    One 9 by 5- inch loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes.

    One 8 by 3- inch Bundt pan. Bake for 30 minutes.

    One 10 ½ by 7 ½-inch rectangular ceramic dish. Bake for 30 minutes.

    One 12- cup cupcake pan (fill liners two- thirds full). Bake for 17 to 20 minutes. One 48- cup or two 24- cup mini cupcake pans (fill the liners half full). 

    Bake for 12 to 14 minutes.

    Tip: You can double this recipe when it’s party time - just use a 10-15-cup Bundt pan.

     

     

     

  • Super Bowl Weekend Essentials: Chili & Cake!

    I’ve been on a high all week. Last Sunday we shot the Simple Cake book promo and it was an absolute blast! I dusted off that acting degree of mine, and married those performance skills with my baking ones. It was a sweet moment for me personally because it was a culmination of twenty years of work. Now I just have to figure out how to do it more! I can’t wait to share the footage with you, and I hope it inspires you to bake with abandon. 
     
    I’m in Sundance with Nick this weekend (scratch my eyes out) and will be tuning into the Super Bowl on Sunday. I’m wanting to see terrific Tom have yet another victory. I usually make this Chili. Start it Sunday morning so it’s good to go at kickoff. But if football doesn’t float your boat, Roma is exquisite, and this Alexander McQueen documentary is apparently amazing. And if you pre-order Simple Cake you’ll receive my Lovely Lemon Loaf Cake recipe that’s a crowd pleaser and an advance peek inside the book!
     
    Have a great weekend! 
     
    Odette 

  • Publisher Weekly Review

    Thank you Publisher's Weekly. I love you.  

    Simple Cake: All You Need To Keep Your Friends and Family in Cake 

    Odette Williams. Ten Speed, $23 (192p) ISBN 978-0-39958-142-7 

    In this wonderfully uncomplicated collection of cake recipes, Williams, founder of kitchen apron manufacturer OW Brooklyn, conveys why she believes “cake matters.” Williams’s inviting tone permeates this essential collection of basic cake recipes (“The only ones you’ll ever really need”), and she explains that it was looking at photos after her father died that inspired this cookbook. (One photo showed a cake that her newly divorced, 30-year-old father baked for a birthday party for the young Williams.) Thirty cakes are broken down into five categories, including TLC cakes (there’s a vanilla and coconut Bundt cake for comforting a new parent) and Vacation Cakes (Summertime S’Mores and Fall Apple Skillet). Standouts include the Over the Moon Cake—a large milk-and-honey cake crescent accompanied by stars and topped with caramel sauce and vanilla whipped cream—and a company-worthy “Dining-in Cake,” composed of chocolate cake, with tres leches spooned over, and finished with a condensed-milk whipped cream and shaved chocolate. A poem, a child’s handwritten recipe, vintage photos, and “advice from this home baker to another” add intimacy to this slim collection. Thoughtful and inspiring, this fresh take on cakes should find an enthusiastic audience. (Mar.) 

  • This one is for you Australia.

    Hello from freezing Brooklyn!

    Tomorrow, January 26th is Australia Day. It's the July 4th of Down Under. So I'm sending this cake to you my beloved island, and it's peoples, who are no doubt already celebrating. This is my version of the 'Lammo' aka Lamington. It's got coconut, chocolate, raspberries, and whipped cream, and is meant to be eaten straight from the dish with old friends. You'll find the recipe in Simple Cake in the Travel Cakes chapter.

    I'm going to bake and courier one to Aussie ex-pat and legend, Laura Brown. If you haven't seen what Laura has been doing at Instyle, check it out! She is fun, hilarious, irreverent and moving the dial on how women are perceived in the media and fashion. So I think my Australian sista deserves my Lazy Lamington. 
     

    photo: Nicole Franzen  #simplecakebook

  • Get cake ready

    Hello ! How was your week?

    While the world seems to be falling apart, it's good to know we still have cake and bookstores!

    My beloved local bookstore, Books Are Magic just sent out their newsletter with the up and coming cookbook events. I'm very excited to share that I'll be there talking all things Simple Cake with Alison Roman April 12. If you're in New York you must come. It should be a hoot! (If you don't have Alison's book Dining In, run and grab a copy pronto.) And while you've got your calendars out, mark April 10. My friend and fellow Aussie, Hetty McKinnon launches her new fabulous book Family

    My Chocolatey Chocolate Cake awaits you this weekend.

    With love and oven mitts, as Books Are Magic signed off.

     

    photo: Hallie Burton