Fashion Design ’70

Graph paper, 8 inches by 11 inches, 2023.

“I wrote these calculations of the percentage of ingredients in various chocolate cakes when I was working on the new edition of The Cake Bible for its 35th anniversary. This is my 14th cookbook and I have made notes of this sort for every one, often having to calculate percentages of ingredients and how to increase cake batter for larger pans. For each recipe, I write an ‘understanding’: how each cake differs from similar ones, which helps to give people a choice as to their preferences.”

A three-time James Beard Foundation Award–winning writer, Beranbaum is best known for her dessert recipes. The Cake Bible was named a Culinary Classic by the International Association of Culinary Professionals in 2017. The 35th anniversary edition appears this fall.