The next time you're wondering, "where can I find out how to make whimsical desserts?" check out these great dessert cookbooks for the solutions to your sweet-tooth dilemma. The recipes are easy to follow, great-tasting and will look quite impressive on your manly kitchen bookshelf.
- "Luscious Coconut Desserts." Women love coconut. Something about the firm round shapes, slurpable interiors and tough exterior seem comfortingly familiar. This fruit's sweet reward is transformed into irresistible pleasers such as coconut fried bananas and coconut macaroons in Lori Longbotham's dessert cookbook "Luscious Coconut Desserts," Lori Longbotham, Chronicle Books, 2010.
- "A Baker's Field Guide to Cupcakes: Deliciously Decorated Crowd Pleasers for Parties and Holidays." These mini-cakes are much easier to make than the real thing, and cupcakes are perfect whimsical desserts. Make a batch and decorate the cupcakes all the same, or design each one according to your whims. Even x-rated cupcakes are possible with a little creative imagination. "A Baker's Field Guide to Cupcakes" includes several themed cupcake ideas along with many other dessert ideas. "A Baker's Field Guide to Cupcakes: Deliciously Decorated Crowd Pleasers for Parties and Holidays," Dede Wilson, Harvard Common Press, 2006.
- "All Cakes Considered." There are a variety of skill levels in these cake recipes, so start with the easy stuff and work your way up. Some whimsical dessert recipes included are peanut butter fingers and chocolate angel food cake. "All Cakes Considered," Melissa Gray, Chronicle Books, 2009.
Peruse these books at the library, in your favorite bookstore or purchase online, and you'll be an expert in making whimsical desserts in no time.