Zoë Bakes Cakes

Zoë Bakes Cake, Zoë François's cookbook all about cakes.

My new book, Zoë Bakes Cakes, is officially available!

Where to Buy

Indiebound (support independent bookstores!)


Barnes & Noble


Penguin Random House

Butter Cake with Chocolate Ganache | ZoeBakes

Chocolate Pavlova | ZoeBakes

Zoe Bakes Cakes

About Zoë Bakes Cakes

The expert baker and bestselling author behind ZoëBakes explores her favorite dessert—cakes!—with more than 100 recipes to create flavorful and beautiful layers, loaves, bundts, and more in her new book Zoë Bakes Cakes.

Cake is the ultimate symbol of celebration, used to mark birthdays, weddings, or even just a Tuesday night. Yet too many people use chemical-laden mixes even though a cake is so easy to make from scratch and infinitely more fun to share. In Zoë Bakes Cakes, bestselling author Zoë François demystifies the craft of cakes with more than 100 easy-to-use recipes, showing how to get gorgeous confections on the table to mark any occasion, big or small.

In the opening chapter, Zoë explores the techniques and tricks of cake baking, using step-by-step photos to break down baking fundamentals like creaming butter and sugar and whipping egg whites, making it easy to follow along. In the following chapters she gives simple, straightforward recipes for loaf cakes, layers, fillings, frostings, and more–including treats like Apple Cake with Honey-Bourbon Glaze, Lemon Curd Pound Cake, Coconut Candy Bar Cake, and Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake. There’s even a tutorial on how to make a wedding cake from scratch, complete with constructing the layers.

With Zoë’s encouragement, as well as her lighthearted approach, delicious homemade cake is within reach for any celebration imaginable.

Zoe Bakes Cakes

Zoë Bakes Cakes FAQs

Where can I get a signed copy?

Magers & Quinn Booksellers (612-822-4611) and Barnes & Noble in Minneapolis (612-922-3238) just restocked! You need to call the stores directly to order a copy while supplies last! Shipping available nationwide. You can also get a signed bookplate of Zoë Bakes Cakes from Now Serving

Are the recipes in grams or cups?

Both! I highly recommend you get a kitchen scale. I’ll show you how to use it—it’s easier and much more consistent.

How much experience do you need to bake from Zoë Bakes Cakes? Is the book for beginners/teenagers?

You don’t need any experience to bake from this cookbook. I will show you everything you need to know. There’s everything from banana bread to devil’s food. You’ll learn a lot. It would be a great book for teenagers dedicated to learning about baking. If you start at the beginning and go all the way through it, you’re going to be quite a cake baker.

What recipe should I make first?

This depends on your mood. Do you want chocolate? Do you want a white cake? Do you want something with plums in it? Do you want peanut butter? Do you want a wedding cake? Something for a birthday? Pound cake? Bundt cake? There is no one place to start—the book has it all!

What’s my favorite recipe in the book?

I have so many favorites! I love the plum cake, angel food, devil’s food, pavlova. I can’t really answer this because I truly love them all!

What are your top three cake making tools?

My top three kitchen tools for cakes are my stand mixer because it does so much of the work for me, really good cake pans can make a difference and a high-quality rubber spatula. See all my cake equipment recommendations here.


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