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Friday, 9 November 2018

A Showstopping Loaf Cake + Giveaway

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One of the most frequent questions I’m asked from readers is about being a food stylist — how to break into the field, what it entails, how to do it. Food styling, like most professions, requires practice, practice, practice. Working alongside someone who’s great at styling food doesn’t hurt either, because there is always something new to learn.

The new cookbook by food and prop stylist Frankie Unsworth, called The New Art of Cooking: A Modern Guide to Preparing and Styling Delicious Food, is a perfect reference to have on hand if you want to know how to make good-looking food. It covers tips not only for cooking, but also styling and serving the range of recipes in the book. Today we are sharing the recipe for Frankie’s Olive Oil, Poppy Seed, Lemon Loaf Cake, which is simple to make and fail-proof, along with options for three fabulous ways to top it. A loaf cake is the best bang for your buck in terms of beautiful presentations. Try it and let us know how you like it! —Kristina

Why Frankie loves this cake: When I lived in Paris, my eyes (and appetite) were always drawn to loaf cakes in patisseries, even when they were surrounded by the fanciful galettes, meringue-topped tartes and pastel colored marshmallows. This olive oil, poppy seed and lemon version is quick to make and easy to embellish with one of the three icings — the passion fruit glaze being my favorite with its mirror-like, glossy sheen and sweet but tart syrup. A loaf cake is best served with a pot of tea, fresh from the oven, but it also makes for an excellent gift bundled up in parchment paper and tied up with butcher’s string.

For a chance to win a copy of The New Art of Cooking, respond to the following question in the comments section below by November 28, 5PM: What is your go-to dessert to gift or take to potlucks? What makes it special? Do you wrap it in any particular way? We love details, so spare none! The winner will be announced in the comments section, so be sure to check in again.

About Frankie: Frankie Unsworth is a professional food stylist and writer. Having trained in pâtisserie at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, she now styles food photography shoots in her native London, as well as other locations across the world. The New Art of Cooking is her first book. You can find Frankie on Instagram @frankie_u.

Image above: Stylist’s tools

Image above: The New Art of Cooking. Photography by Kristin Perers

Image above: Frankie Unsworth

Image above: Fabrics for tabletop styling

Image above: A collection of flatware

Image above: A stylist’s toolkit

Image above: Loaf cake with three different toppings. From top: Blueberry and Yoghurt Ripple, Lavender Buttercream, Passion Fruit Glaze



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