Matt and Renato continue to give fans what they clamor for—delicious dessert recipes that cover all kinds of celebrations. And that is a good thing, because, as Matt says, “It turns out there’s pretty much a holiday for everything.” Many of the desserts included in Baked Occasions are not represented in other cookbooks. Sure, Matt and Renato have recipes for Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas, but they don’t forget to include treats for celebrating the Kentucky Derby, Texas Independence Day, and Blueberry Month. After a few years of sticking to a more traditional holiday baking repertoire, customers began requesting desserts to celebrate more obscure holidays like National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day and Julia Child’s birthday. “We started paying attention to every day on the calendar and what it represents,” Matt said. “We’ve actually had a lot of fun with it.” Full to the brim with delicious dessert recipes for both traditional holidays and quirky celebrations, Baked Occasions is a cookbook that will satisfy your sweet tooth every day of the year.
Find Matt and Renato’s recipe for Dolly’s Doughnut, a coconut bundt cake with dark chocolate-coconut filling that celebrates… You guessed it… Dolly Parton!, in our Southern Cakes special issue.
Photos and recipes from Baked Occasions by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, an imprint of Abrams, 2014). Photography courtesy Brian Kennedy.