Very happy to see the pastry chef from my favorite local dessert shop, Baked, as one of the competitors on the new Top Chef Just Desserts. Friends have gotten tired of me bragging on this little bakery in Red Hook, Brooklyn ever since they opened a few years ago. Until, that is, they taste of one of Baked’s brownies or a slice of Red Hook Red Devil Cake (a red velvet with a cinnamon buttercream).
I’m not sure how long Baked’s Eric Wolitzky will last on Just Desserts against the other, more showy pastry chefs, as even in the first episode there seemed to be a bias against someone who is “just a baker.” But I’ll take this baker’s recipes anytime. Baked’s cakes have a lovely, light texture and homey, yet sophisticated style and the owners have liberally shared recipes over the years. Try the Sweet and Salty Cake, a chocolate layer with whipped caramel ganache (even Martha Stewart loves it) or the Malt Ball Cake.