Owner & Executive Pastry Chef, Extraordinary Desserts
Cookbook Author, Extraordinary Cakes
Karen Krasne is the owner and executive pastry chef of Extraordinary Desserts and the best-selling cookbook author of Extraordinary Cakes: Recipes for Bold and Sophisticated Desserts.
Once called the “Queen of Cakes” by Gourmet magazine, Krasne brings a fresh and contemporary sensibility to special occasion cakes. What makes her cakes showstoppers are their unexpected flavor combinations and vibrant touches using fresh fruit and real flowers, which add flair without appearing fussy.
Her cakes have graced the cover of Bon Appétit, and Forbes recognized her as one of the country’s 10 best pastry chefs. She has also been featured in The New York Times, Sunset magazine, and the Los Angeles Times, among other national and international publications.
Krasne studied pastry-making at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and returns to the city each year to train with the masters at Lenôtre and Bellouet Conseil.
In her cookbook, she shows readers how to make amazing cakes that satisfy sophisticated palates but are still achievable for the home baker. The recipes include tips from her 20 years as a pastry chef, and a step-by-step introduction covers basic techniques.
As a female pastry chef for more than two decades, Krasne is passionate about continuing to foster talented women within the cooking and baking industry. She has many fellow female chefs and colleagues within her two San Diego Extraordinary Dessert locations and hosts in-store classes for the community. When she’s not baking or working, she enjoys traveling the world and spending time with her husband and daughter.