Even leaving aside traditional holiday fruitcakes—beloved here at Kitchen Arts— there is so much good to be said about cakes with fruit in or on them. And Jason Schreiber, baker and food stylist, makes a powerful argument for just how diverse the pleasures are. Offering everything from comforting quick loaf cakes and rustic, unfrosted single layer cakes to showy petit fours and arrestingly beautiful centerpiece cakes, Schreiber pivots easily from classic flavors—banana bread, applesauce cake with bourbon glaze–to zippy innovations such as , panettone studded with candied papaya and mango and a yule log filled with cranberry jam.
Schreiber writes detailed recipes accompanied by abundant notes on serving and storing his creations, including an occasional tipple to help you enjoy them. Measurements are provided both by volume and by weight, which demonstrates that he is serious about getting things right.