Dan Langan, "Bake Your Heart Out"

Main Point Books welcomes Food Network's Dan Langan and his book "Bake Your Heart Out : Foolproof Recipes to Level Up Your Home Baking." He'll be joined by special guest Marqessa Gesualdi, pastry chef and owner of Aux Petits Delices.

This event will happen in our new lower level event space. Reservations are requested via Eventbrite; walk-ins are welcome as space permits. Books are available via Eventbrite add-on, the store's website, and at the event. Signed books can be mailed out after the event.

About the Author

Dan Langan has been baking his heart out since the age of five. In 2012, he launched his custom cake business, Baked by Dan, where his creations caught the eye of Food Network execs. Dan went on to win the Cake Wars competition and later hosted several digital series and online baking courses, including the Food Network’s Dan Can Bake It. As a professional pastry instructor, regular guest on Good Morning America, and popular presence on social media, Dan has helped home cooks and professionals alike take their baking skills to the next level. He lives and bakes in Philadelphia.

About the Guest Host

Owner/Pastry Chef Marqessa Gesualdi was born and raised in Bristol, Pennsylvania. At a young age, she was inspired by her parents cooking abilities and has many fond childhood memories of cooking with her father and baking with her mother. Her first professional break was working at Sbraga, the first of five restaurants where she assisted Kevin Sbraga, winner of Season 7’s Top Chef and owner of Philly’s top restaurant group, Sbraga Dining. After five and a half years with Sbraga Dining, making it all the way to the top as Corporate Executive Pastry Chef, she chose to focus on creating her own path of being a pastry chef and entrepreneur. On October 23rd, 2017, she finalized the purchase of Aux Petits Delices from Patrick and Nina Gauthron, who built and grew the business for over 31 years. Marqessa is eager and excited to continue the tradition of a classical French patisserie in Wayne, PA, as well as bringing the pastry shop into the modern times with new desserts, reinvented breakfast pastries, sensational chocolates and customized wedding cakes.

About the Book

Like many of us, Dan Langan learned young that if you want to make someone smile, all you need to do is give them a cookie. Dan channeled his natural creativity into baking alongside his mother and grandmother, and he soon became obsessed with making and remaking his favorite recipes until they were the tastiest and prettiest versions of themselves. Since then, Dan has become a trusted source for delicious, foolproof bakes and has connected with home bakers via social media, television, and digital videos, and through his website, Baked by Dan. In his debut cookbook, Dan shares 100 recipes for his game-changing versions of familiar classics, such as Red Velvet Layer Cake and Creamy Lemon Chess Squares, as well as unique creations like Seriously Sesame Brownies and a Ricotta and Pistachio Cannoli Tart. He’ll also let you in on the pro secrets that make his bakes better than your usual stand-bys, like toasting not only nuts but oats, poppy seeds, and almond flours to turbocharge their flavor, or by stabilizing whipped cream with a touch of cream cheese to keep it perfectly fluffy. Equally invaluable are Dan’s tips for helping you produce bakes that look as good as they taste, so your dessert bars have razor-sharp edges and your muffins have gorgeously domed tops. Accompanied by charming photography that's as enticing as the treats themselves, this beautiful and instructive book will become a go-to for bakers both seasoned and beginner.


Whether you’re an experienced baker looking for a cake decorating book to improve the appearance of your bakes or a novice baker looking for basic dessert recipes, Bake Your Heart Out has something for everyone. Dan Langan’s dedication to testing and perfecting the techniques in this pastry book has made it the perfect cookie, bar, pie, and cake cookbook for anyone who wants to learn how to bake like a pro.

Event date: 

Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Main Point Books


Bake Your Heart Out: Foolproof Recipes to Level Up Your Home Baking By Dan Langan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781454947561
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Union Square & Co. - October 3rd, 2023