Zoë François is a CIA-trained pastry chef and co-author of the cookbook series Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. Zoë has over 20 years of experience teaching baking and pastry courses nationally.
Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze
Simple and gorgeous, this pound cake is brimming with vanilla and accented with a zesty lemon glaze. For beautiful results, Zoë shows you the fail-safe way to get cake out of a Bundt pan in a snap. To make this cake even better, try Zoë's recipe for [Homemade Vanilla Extract](https://www.yummly.com/pro/recipe/Homemade-Vanilla-Extract-9124840).
Swiss Meringue Buttercream
What better way to practice cake decorating than with a classic meringue-based buttercream? Once you've made the frosting, learn to use a pastry bag and pipe borders, stars, and simple rosettes. To put your new skills (and the buttercream) to use, see Zoë's [Perfect Birthday Cake](https://www.yummly.com/pro/recipe/Perfect-Birthday-Cake-9124838) recipe, also on Yummly Pro.
Named after a Russian ballerina, this elegant centerpiece cradles homemade whipped cream, lime curd, and fresh berries. To make fresh lime curd to use in this recipe, see Zoë's [Mile-High Lime Meringue Tart](https://www.yummly.com/pro/recipe/Mile-High-Lime-Meringue-Tart-9124836) recipe on Yummly Pro.
Perfect Birthday Cake
Start with Devil's Food Cake, add in some Nutella buttercream, and build a stunning four-layer canvas for beautiful cake decorations. Learn all the tricks to make your cakes as pretty as a picture. Before you get started, you'll need to make Zoë's recipes for [Chocolate Devil's Food Cake](https://www.yummly.com/pro/recipe/Chocolate-Devil_s-Food-Cake-9124834) (steps 1-3; make two 8x3-inch cake rounds) and a double recipe of her [Swiss Meringue Buttercream](https://www.yummly.com/pro/recipe/Swiss-Meringue-Buttercream-9124832).
Mile-High Lime Meringue Tart
You'll want to snap photos of this impressive-looking tart. A buttery almond crust and tart lime curd contrast with a pillowy meringue finished off with a blowtorch for that special pastry-shop touch.
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Vanilla extract shows up in almost every baking recipe ... so why not make your own? It tastes better than store-bought, and you can continually replenish the bottle for years to come.
No-Knead Artisan Bread
Become a bread baker with this fast and delicious master bread dough recipe from the book that made Zoë and co-author Jeff Hertzberg famous. From there, make pizza, baguettes, buns, and more.
This apple pie is the girl-next-door ... all grown up. Learn to perfect a tender and flaky crust filled with a melting combination of apples that stay stacked mile high under the woven lattice top.
Put down the can and pull out your mixer! Make the weekend brighter with homemade cast-iron cinnamon buns. You'll taste cinnamon in every bite of this buttery brioche dough with cream cheese icing.
Zoë's Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
Here's a secret: Your favorite chocolate chip cookie can be even better. Make the best cookie of your life with special techniques to coax out the flavor and achieve a perfect crispy-chewy texture.
Chocolate Devil's Food Cake
Chocolate-lovers, raise your hands (and forks)! This cake, made extra moist with oil, features a fudge frosting and photo-worthy chocolate shards, along with a secret chocolate-enhancing ingredient. Want a different look? Try Zoë's [Perfect Birthday Cake](https://www.yummly.com/pro/recipe/Perfect-Birthday-Cake-9124838) recipe, also on Yummly Pro, which turns this Devil's Food Cake into a 4-layer showstopper filled with Nutella buttercream and a smooth top coat of vanilla frosting with piped pink roses.