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1. Special Recipes from the Charleston
2. Southern Cakes: Sweet and Irresistible
3. Booze Cakes: Confections Spiked
4. The Complete Book Of Cake Decorating
5. Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes
6. Swedish Cakes and Cookies
7. Quick & Easy Kids' Cakes:
8. Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes
9. Ultimate Cake (Cooking Club of
10. Cakes & Cookies for Beginners
11. Mini-Cakes: Tiny Treats to Surprise
12. 250 Best Cakes and Pies
13. Cake Characters (Cozy)
14. Better Homes & Gardens: Cooking
15. 101 More Things to Do with a Cake
16. Cakes Galore
17. Cakes for Romantic Occasions
18. Airbrush Techniques For Cake Decorating
19. Beyond Rice Cakes: A Young Person's
20. Rose's Heavenly Cakes

1. Special Recipes from the Charleston Cake Lady
by Teresa Pregnall
Paperback: 144 Pages (2000-10-01)
list price: US$16.00 -- used & new: US$1.79
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Asin: 0688170323
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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For almost twenty years, Teresa Pregnall, also known as the Charleston Cake Lady, has sent thousands of her bakery's beloved cakes to delighted dessert lovers everywhere.  Following the success of her first book, Treasured Recipes From The Charleston Cake Lady, she's back with more recipes that are destined to become family favorites.  Because her divine desserts don't have long ingredient lists or require hard-to-find equipment-some even use cake mixes as their starting point-they can be whipped up when the mood strikes.  Special Recipes From The Charleston Cake Lady includes coveted recipes for the bestselling baked goods like her Odscene Chocolate Cake, Eggnog Cake, and Christmas Cranberry Cake.  They'll all here and they've never been easier.

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Customer Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book!
I have the first book written by Teresa Pregnall and hesitated to buy this one.I was wrong - this one is filled with wonderful recipes!It has become one of my favorite cookbooks, and is now dogeared and stained.Most of the recipes in this book are more "homemade" than the first book, and Mrs Pregnall's stories are always entertaining.You should buy it now, while it's still in print!

5-0 out of 5 stars A bit of Southern Heaven
This lovely little book is the companion to "Treasured Recipes from the Charleston Cake Lady".I was so intrigued by my sucesses using her first book, that I decided to give this one a try.Good decision!Once again Teresa offers charming commentary on her beloved dessert recipes. I loved the German Chocolate Pound Cake that combines cake ingredients and icing together for a moist, rich, delicious, and easy to make unfrosted bundt cake.Her book also includes recipes for muffins, cookies and other desserts that I'm anxious to try.I recommend this charming book to anyone who loves baking or eating great desserts.

1-0 out of 5 stars Recipe flops
I am an experienced baker and so I tried two recipes that are from scratch (no cake mixes.)Both of them (7-Up cake and Sumama's Buttermilk cake) flopped.Common problem was very dense, gummy texture even after cakes tested "done."Both cakes rose in the oven but then sunk after cooling.Seems to be not enough leavening in the recipes.I didn't try any of the recipes with cake mixes.I would recommend "Cake Mix Doctor" if you want cakes that start with a mix as its base.For cakes completely from scratch I'll stick with "The Cake Bible."They must not have very high standards in Charleston if bakeries can get away with using cake mixes for their "best-selling" recipes!Good thing my sister bought this book at a used book sale (obviously the original owner didn't think much of the book.)Just reading the amounts of sugar in the recipes was enough to make my teeth ache!

1-0 out of 5 stars Not exactly baking from scratch
Anyone considering buying this book should be aware that a large number of its recipes call for prepared items such as cake mixes, 7up, canned chocolate syrup, canned frosting, canned pineapple and mandarin oranges, candy bars, frozen whipped topping, pudding mix, and prepared graham cracker pie crust.

2-0 out of 5 stars not exactly from scratch.......
Serious bakers and anyone concerned about preservatives and artificial ingredients might be interested to know that many of the recipes in this book call for items such as:

boxed cake mix
packaged frosting
canned chocolate syrup
brownie mix
prepared pie crust
pudding mix
frozen whipped topping

I wish I'd carefully read the book description, which does mention that "some even use cake mixes as their starting point."

That said, there are some creative combinations and the author does seem like an awfully nice person. It's just not a book for everyone. ... Read more

2. Southern Cakes: Sweet and Irresistible Recipes for Everyday Celebrations
by Nancie McDermott
Paperback: 168 Pages (2007-06-07)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$8.45
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Asin: 0811853705
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Taste the chocolatey goodness of Mississippi Mud or marvel at the extravagant elegance of the Lady Baltimore and there will be no doubt that Southerners know how to bake a cake. Here are 65 recipes for some of the most delicious ever. Jam cakes and jelly rolls; humble pear bread and peanut cake; whole chapters on both chocolate and coconut cakes each moist and delicious forkful represents the spirit of the South. A Baking 101 section offers the cake basics, some finishing touches (that means frosting and lots of it!), and the how-to's of storing each lovely concoction so that the last slice tastes as fresh and delightful as the first. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (45)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fine Purchase
The book came in good time and in excellent condition.Thinking now about ordering two more if they're
still available.

1-0 out of 5 stars Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott
Admittedly, I bought this book because of the pictures; they are very attractive. I have cooked for a long, long time and I do know my way around my kitchen. I'm wondering if anyone actually baked these cakes and made the frostings, each and every one, to see if the recipes work. I followed directions to the exact specs and the results were not great...I was expecting something spectacular with lots and lots of GOOD TASTE! The lemon-filled coconut cake, for example, is pitiful. I think the ingredients are wrong: when making "fluffy white frosting", it seems that only light corn syrup OR cream of tartar would be required and there is no way this stuff needs to be beaten for 16 minutes! I think the "Lemon Curd" is missing an ingredient; seems like there should be a thickening agent, like cornstarch for this stuff to set up -- it did not. I did not expect to have soup for the cake filling. Beautiful looking cakes are nice, but in my world, the cakes ABSOLUTELY MUST taste good and these do not and I'm not really interested in proving out each recipe. I'm really sorry to have purchased the book...

5-0 out of 5 stars A well written and photographed cookbook that brings the most popular Southern cakes to the modern kitchen
I grew up in North Carolina surrounded by family members and friends that loved to cook. Cakes were for special occasions like birthdays, family gatherings, holidays, and church events.

The dessert table at a church dinner on the grounds was a beautiful and much anticipated site. Everyone knew who made the best cakes, and these cooks were expected to bring their specialties. At the church I attended as a little girl, there was an annual Harvest pig picking/dinner on the grounds along with an auction to raise money for different church projects. Along with quilts made by a quilting bee that met in the fellowship hall, miscellaneous crafts and other items, there was always a table of the most luscious pies, banana pudding, and glorious cakes to be auctioned off. The cakes were a big seller.

I love all things culinary, but I have a deep love and interest in Southern foods, especially the cakes. I have several old cookbooks that detail the history of different cakes with Southern roots.

This cookbook is one of my favorites. The recipes are easy to follow and there is a section on basic cake baking instructions so even the inexperienced baker will have success with these recipes. The classic Southern layer cakes and pound cakes are included as well as more everyday cakes like Mississippi Mud, apple, pear, Louisiana syrup and Ocracoke Island fig. Coconut cake has a dedicated chapter since it is such a Southern tradition and favorite and has so many different versions. There is also an added chapter on frostings, icings and fillings on top of the versions included in many of the cake recipes.

If I could only have *one* cookbook of Southern cakes, I would choose this one. The recipes are historically accurate, and whatever Southern cake you can think of is included, from Lady Baltimore, Charleston's Huguenot Torte, New Orlean's Doberge, and Ozark Pudding. The classic pound cake is eerily similar to my Great Aunt Maggie's award winning secret recipe. I can't wait to make all of' my family and friends' favorites from this cookbook.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heavenly Cakes!
These recipes are fantastic. if you like fig preserves, try the Ocracoke Fig Cake it's delicious! the cakes are just as the title says "sweet and irresistable" You won't be sorry if you buy this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars These recipes aren't good -- don't be fooled by the pictures
I've cooked a lot of cakes in my day, and I have never had such consistently bad luck with recipes as I have with pretty much every single recipe -- from cake to frostings -- that I have used from this book. I bought it for the gorgeous pictures, but the recipes were awful, time after time. ... Read more

3. Booze Cakes: Confections Spiked With Spirits, Wine, and Beer
by Krystina Castella, Terry Lee Stone
Paperback: 144 Pages (2010-05-19)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$9.77
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Asin: 1594744238
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This gorgeous full-color cookbook features easy step-by-step recipes for a variety of decadent delicacies, including traditional Booze Cakes (Black Forest Cakes and English Trifle) as well as more contemporary cocktail cakes (Pi a Colada Cake, White Russian Cupcakes, and Sex-on-a-Beach Cake). There's even a chapter devoted to cake shots delicious cupcake morsels infused with the flavors of mojitos, kamikazes, and more. These tasty treats are ideal for parties, potlucks, and pitch-ins and this cookbook's affordable price and adorable format make it the perfect gift for your favorite hostess! ... Read more

Customer Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Get to baking and buzzing!
When I saw Booze Cakes I knew that I had to have it, which is a compliment since I have about 4oo cookbooks and I am a chef. I am delighted with this book. Castella and Stone have outdone themselves with coming up with cute and delicious recipes. There are many wonderful things about this book that will make you want to buy it for yourself.

* The recipes are broken into 4 easy to use chapters, including Classic Booze Cakes, Cocktail Cakes, Cake Shots, and Cakes with a Twist. Classic Booze Cakes are traditional recipes that would normally contain alcohol. Cocktail Cakes are based on traditional mixed drink flavors, Cake Shots are quick and cute party munchies, and Cakes with a Twist are traditional recipes that have alcohol added.

* The recipes comes with legends that tell you how much booze will be left in the recipe (from Lightweight, Feeling it, and Totally Tipsy), what kind of event the recipe would be good for, what type of cake it is, and how quickly it bakes.

* Almost every recipe has at least one variation, many have 3 or 4 variations.

* There is a wonderful chart that describes which booze goes with which flavors best.

There are so many wonderful recipes in here that blew my mind, from the Jelly Cake Shots (too cute!), to the Blue Hawaii Upside Down Pineapple Cake, to the Golden Rum cake, there are many delightful recipes in here. Plus, the knowledge on how to bake with alcohol is invaluable because it can be a tricky ingredient.

All around, this book is a wonderful addition to anyone's cooking library!

Highest Recommendations.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Creative
I love the book. It contains beautiful photography of very creative cakes. But I did not have luck with Lane Cake. The crumb came out very dense (although I did not sift), the caramel fruit sauce was fantastic--but the amount of bourbon made it impossibly runny which led to fundamental structural and icing problems. The buttercream was good, but did not make enough to cover the cake well.

The recipes may need some work, but good things are worth doing more than once. I didn't give up, and I don't think you should either.

3-0 out of 5 stars Looks cute on display but recipes need work
I was so excited when my sister sent me this book as a gift. I love baking and cakes are a specialty of mine. I was feeling very brave when I decided to make 2 of the recipes for a friend's Wedding Reception.
The first was the Mudslide Cake. It looks so chocolaty in the picture, but I followed the recipe EXACTLY and ended up with a walnut colored cake. It tasted all right, but I would not call it chocolate at all, and did not feel right bringing it to the reception to serve to guests. I ended up making a very tasty mudslide cake using my tried and true Fudge Cake recipe which I just modified a little. I used the book's recipe for the icing and drizzle and that was delicious! My modified Mudslide Cake was a big hit with the women at the reception.
Then I made the Honey Spice Beer Cake. When it came out of the oven, this was the UGLY duckling of cakes. Part of the cake looked like it was venting steam out during the baking process. When the timer went off, that area of the cake was still completely raw. The surface of the cake was wavy and bumpy looking. I left the cake in for an additional 12 minutes to try to get that area to cook a little. When it finally came out of the oven, the edges were crispy, the top was wavy and that problem area was still a little mushy. I was going to scrap the whole cake, but when I took it out of the pan, I tasted a little piece and it was actually very tasty! I had to carve the cake into a rectangular shape on a 1/4 sheet board. But once I iced it, no one even knew the difference. The honey and lemon go so well with the spices. And the Honey Beer Frosting added a little more richness. The mixed nuts on top added a salty crunch. Despite it's rough beginnings, this was one of the tastiest cakes I've ever made.
The book is really cute, clever and original. But so far the recipes I've tried could use some improvement.

5-0 out of 5 stars Booze + cake = yes, please
OK, kids... no beating around the bush.We all love to drink.Don't lie to me.I can see you through your computer.We also all love eating cake.All the time.How did Booze Cakes not exist before?I spent all this time drinking WHILE eating cake and had no idea that I could do both in one fell swoop!But seriously... this cookbook is spectacular.In particular, I recommend the Mocha Rum Brownie Bites (or gigantic brownies, if you make them my way) and the Tipsy Tiramisu.Now you can finally use the rest of that bottle of Frangelico you've had since college!I highly, highly recommend you pick up this book and never look back.It's a staple at brunchtime get-togethers with my friends.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to throw a party!
Given the title, I hardly need to say anything about this book- other than it's fabulous. That said, I love to hear myself speak (that's what happens after a few Long Island Ice Tea Cakes!), so I'll give just a bit more detail...

First of all, it's a perfect conversation starter and the bright-but-chic, sophisticatedly simple cover design means it's just as perfect in your stack of coffee tbale books as it is in thekitchen. And the cover? Let's just say it's one of the best I've seen in ages; an excellent example of graphic design perfection. Fortunately, what's inside is just as fabulous- and just as much fun!

Booze Cakes is full of incredibly easy recipes for dozens of tantalizing treats... all featuring one special ingredient- liquor! From classics your grandma used to bake (Honey Spice Beer Cake) to modern marvels (Rum & Coke Whoopie Pies!), these (obviously) adult confections are guaranteed to be a HUGE hit at your next party- and are also great for ensuring that your parties themselves are well-remembered.

With more than 108 cakes (including plenty of recipes for Cake Shots, which happen to be perfect snacks for the office...), you'll be impressing friends and dates left and right; in fact don't be surprised if you soon found yourself with the Host of the Year title. Who's going to pass up Strawberry Margarita Cheesecake, Jelly Cake Shots or carrot cake infused with rum? Not me! Parents coming for a visit? Bake-up some sophisticated Wine-Tasting Cakes and toss around things like "mouth-feel," "velvety finish" or "peppery oak aftertaste."

The icing on the cake? (Sorry; couldn't resist.) The book also includes cocktail recipes, tips and tricks on how to incorporate booze into your baking (who can't learn something from that?) and even a handy "Booze Meter" so you know the alcohol content in each dessert.

Baker, make it a double! ... Read more

4. The Complete Book Of Cake Decorating With Sugarpaste
by Sylvia Coward
Paperback: 176 Pages (1994-12-31)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$8.50
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Asin: 185368242X
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Exquisite rose-encrusted wedding cakes, a festive Christmas cake that looks like a wrapped present, a whimsical clown, delicate ballet slippers, and more than 40 other designs that will make dessert for any occasion extra special are shown in delicious full-color photographs with clear patterns and instructions, so that even an amateur can achieve astounding results.176 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 11.
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Customer Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars "WHAT A BOOK!!!!!!!!!"
This is a fantastic book for learning to work with sugarpaste. It was step by step and very informative, just makes you want to jump right in and get busy making pretty cakes. The book is in excellent condition and the price was great. I am very pleased that I bought it.I am sure that I will be buying more from Amazon.

3-0 out of 5 stars sugar paste flowers
Expected more....flowers too thick and chosen colours of cakes look like beginner's work. Not the standard I would strive for.

2-0 out of 5 stars Sugarpaste Cake Decorating Techniques
The Complete Book of Cake Decorating With Sugarpaste by Sylvia Coward is filled with 50 original cake designs and step-by-step instructions for completing the cakes. The techniques encompassed in this book include floodwork (color flow), sugarpaste (rolled fondant), buttercream piping techniques, and pattern transfers.

The book includes an introduction that gives basic instruction in using decorating cones (parchment bags), decorating tubes (tips), glass stencils, ribbon work, and flowers (piped and sugarpaste). The final section of the book, and the most valuable for me, was a section of patterns. The author provided patterns for making sugarpaste flowers, floodwork collars, alphabet variations, and embroidery accents.

2-0 out of 5 stars Sugarpaste??
When I bought this book, I thought I'd be getting a book which tells me more about using sugarpaste to decorate cakes, new techniques, designs, etc.... I was wrong. It doesn't even have the drapes in sugarpaste.

As it turns out, it is basically a book with pictures of cakes, which have been decorated on a base of sugarpaste. Even the parts where there is some modelling done in sugarpaste, it doesn't seen very well described, or illustrated. Definitely something of a dissapointment. It spends as much time on piping icing as it does on sugarpaste.

I also have 'The International School of Sugarcraft' for beginners, and that tells me all that I need to know, and is better illustrated. However, if you need pictures of cakes for ideas, this may be an okay book for you.

DEFINITELY not a book for beginners!! It has directions like 'Shape the shoe from sugarpaste'!!! I mean, if I knew how to do that on command, then I won't be needing directions - I'd just be buying books with cakes in them, and making them myself. So much for step by step instructions....

4-0 out of 5 stars Traditional
This book illustrates the use of sugarpaste / fondant icing decoration of cakes in the European style.the designs are classical and traditional by todays standards but make for a good reference book as well as providing a variety of different techniques.some books are specialist in nature such as 'run-outs,' 'piping,''flowers' etc., so this is a good all rounder. ... Read more

5. Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats
by Bakerella, Angie Dudley
Hardcover-spiral: 160 Pages (2010-09-08)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$10.49
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Asin: 0811876373
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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What's cuter than a cupcake? A cake pop, of course! Wildly popular blogger Bakerella (aka Angie Dudley) has turned cake pops into an international sensation! Cute little cakes on a stick from decorated balls to more ambitious shapes such as baby chicks, ice cream cones, and even cupcakes these adorable creations are the perfect alternative to cake at any party or get-together. Martha Stewart loved the cupcake pops so much she had Bakerella appear on her show to demonstrate making them. Now Angie makes it easy and fun to recreate these amazing treats right at home with clear step-by-step instructions and photos of more than 40 featured projects, as well as clever tips for presentation, decorating, dipping, coloring and melting chocolate, and much more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Cake Pops
To be honest, when I first heard about cake pops I thought, how hard can they be?I tried a recipe from the internet and though they turned out really tasty, the execution was pretty bad - and I consider myself a pretty accomplished baker.So, I decided to buy this book in hopes of perfecting my new passion.Well, I've only made one batch since I got the book (pumpkin pops for Halloween) and though it took me a bit to get the technique down, they turned out pretty darn well and got rave reviews at the bonfire party I took them to.I really look forward to my next batch now that I have the technique down, thanks to the awesome tips from this book.There are so many different decoration ideas in here, and it really is just a starting point.The only negative I can say is that although the decorating ideas are endless, there is not really much focus on the taste.There is the base recipe for cake pops, and "common combinations" as well as a few cake & icing recipes at the end. However, there is not a whole lot of creativity past your classic chocolate, white, and yellow.I guess that part is up to you - which is just fine with me, that's the part I am very good at.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
It was everything I hoped for. Very thorough just actually fairly easy. Adore the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Super cute
I love this book. It is full of great information and helping tips. It has tons of great color pics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to try!
I just got my book and I can't wait to make these cute little treats!The photos are amazing and they look and sound so fun to make!Should make for some fun times for my son and I!

5-0 out of 5 stars Cool Book
I had never heard of cake pops before picking up a copy of this book (it was sent to me by Chronicle Books for review), but I was pleasantly surprised!There were so many different recipes that it was hard to decide where to start!Most of the recipes are easy to follow, though some are a bit complicated, but still very doable.The author also shares ideas on how to use the cake pops at showers, birthdays, weddings, etc.Very cool book. ... Read more

6. Swedish Cakes and Cookies
Hardcover: 192 Pages (2008-06-17)
list price: US$17.95 -- used & new: US$10.83
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Asin: 1602392625
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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A full-color guide to delectable Swedish cakes and cookies—3.4 million copies sold in Sweden, a copy for every Swedish family!Swedish Cakes and Cookies has become a modern classic since itwas first published in 1945. Modernized and improved over the years,today's full-color edition, with beautiful photographs of each recipe,contains nearly 300 recipes. Some, such as Berry Muffins, CoconutMacaroons, Linzer Torte, and Jelly Doughnuts, may be familiar, whileothers, such as German Lemon Cake, Almond Meringues, Truffle Tarts, andToffee Crunch Torte, are deliciously unique. Gluten-free, egg-free, andsugar-free recipes ensure that this book is accessible to all dessertlovers. Beginners and experts will be reminded that baking is both easyand enjoyable when they read the practical advice and step-by-stepinstructions in each section. Swedish Cakes and Cookies is an essential resource for any home baker, and for anyone who loves to meet with friends for coffee and cake. 300 color illustrations ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must for your cookbook collection.
I originally found this cookbook at the library and, after looking through it at home, decided I had to have it.Using Amazon, I found just what I wanted--at the best price.As always, Amazon delivered exactly as promised!In fact, the book arrived within ten days of placing the order.As indicated by the title, the book contains authentic Swedish recipes, collected over many years and revised and expanded through four editions, being translated into English for the first time with this edition.If you like Swedish goodies, this is the book for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best cookbook ever
This is the best cookbook I've ever used, not a single recipe has failed me, and the result is always a yummy treat, often with not much sugar used.The currant cookies yield about 40 cookies, and only 1/4 c. sugar is called for, they are delicious and not too fattening.This is the next best thing to actually traveling back to Sweden.Now, if only they would get going and publish a book on soups, I'd be set for life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Delicious, and gorgeous, results!
This is a thoroughly modern baking cookbook that easily and systematically takes you through the steps of completing the most delicious and gorgeous baked goods. This book has been around for decades but has been frequently updated to ensure that it meets the needs of today's bakers. I have several versions and love each of them.

A little photo for each recipe helps the beginner baker know they are on the right way. Classic recipes that will make all very happy. A must have for all levels of bakers.

Just get it - it is great!

Vi ses!

5-0 out of 5 stars Swedish Cakes and Cookies
If you love dessert or grew up in a Swedish American household, you will love this book. If you love to bake, this is for you. Not haughty, this cookbook is filled with recipes that are both impressive (but doable for the home baker)and those old fashioned comfort desserts you might remember. ... Read more

7. Quick & Easy Kids' Cakes: 50 Great Cakes for Children of All Ages
by Sara Lewis
Paperback: 144 Pages (2006-08-28)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$5.38
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Asin: 0600615642
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Leave those expensive bakery cakes behind; now anyone can easily create kid-friendly cakes! Accessible for novices, yet inspiring enough for seasoned cake decorators, these 50 original cake designs are shown in color photographs that capture the entire preparation process. The eye-popping treats include an incredible Giant Ice Cream Cone cake, Flowers and Butterflies cake, and cool Christmas Snowmen. Basic cake and icing recipes are included, along with equipment lists and a host of professional cake decorators’ tips. There are cakes for boys and girls of all ages, seasonal and holiday-themed delicacies, and even some of the wildest cupcakes ever, plus advice for transforming store-bought cakes into unique and personalized creations that will be the stunning centerpiece of any party table.
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Customer Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book has the best ideas!I don't know how many I'll actually put into use, but beautiful pictures and ideas.

3-0 out of 5 stars A lot of fondant
I was a little disappointed that most of the cakes in this book require fondant.The cakes are cute but I was hoping to decorate without fondant.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great ideas
I sent this book to my sister-in-law a year ago and she has already worked her way through 6 of these cakes without any difficulty at all.My neice and nephew have picked out their cakes for the next 6 years of birthdays and special days and it has become an almost monthy event to sit and talk about future events and plans.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great ideas
Great ideas for shapes and types of cake, the only thing missing isalternatives for some ingredients.
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8. Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia
by Buddy Valastro
Hardcover: 272 Pages (2010-11-02)
list price: US$25.99 -- used & new: US$14.03
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Asin: 1439183511
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In this heartfelt memoir, master baker and star of the #1 hit TLC show, Buddy Valastro tells his inspiring story—and recounts his family’s warm memories from a lifetime of living, loving, and cake making.


Television viewers have fallen in love with Buddy Valastro, master cake maker, and his funny and fiery family, proprietors of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, on the smash hit TLC series Cake Boss. Now, to coincide with Carlo’s 100th anniversary, cake designer extraordinaire Buddy Valastro brings together his passion for baking and his high-energy family stories in the pages of this charming, heartwarming book—complete with 25 recipes and tips that will make every reader the “cake boss” of their own kitchen.

            Buddy’s beautifully designed cakes are the stuff of legend—and so is the remarkable story of his father, a beloved pillar of the community and himself a talented baker who set the stage for his family’s rise to the pinnacle of their industry. Cake Boss recounts the story of Buddy’s life and of his family’s bakeshop, originally established in 1910 and now a Hoboken, New Jersey, landmark and culinary tourist destination. Here also are twenty-five recipes for Carlo’s Bakery’s most sought-after pastries, pies, cupcakes, and cakes, an irresistible combination of time-tested old-world recipes and modern creations, all founded on a rock-solid “old-school” baking foundation and classic techniques.

            This is the incredible true story of how Carlo’s Bakery came to be, how one hard-working family realized their patriarch’s dream of making their beloved bake shop a household name. The special bond and loving dynamic of the Valastro clan make this an uncommonly touching and truly inspiring memoir. ... Read more

9. Ultimate Cake (Cooking Club of America)
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10. Cakes & Cookies for Beginners (Usborne Cooking School)
by Fiona Watt
Paperback: 48 Pages (1998-07)
list price: US$4.77 -- used & new: US$4.77
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Asin: 0746028105
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The second book in the Cooking for Beginners series, Cakes and Cookies for Beginners is aimed at young c ooks who want to cook grown-up style food without the help o f an adult. It features simple illustrations and an easy-to- follow text. ' ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars kitchen klutz can cook
I'm a kitchen klutz. My family refers to my cooking as my "experiments". I've tried dozens of recipe books to improve myway around the kitchen, but they were too complicated and too intimidatingfor someone at my cooking level. I needed something more basic. So Isearched through the children's cookbooks and discovered "Cakes andCookies for Beginners". This book is an absolute marvel. It has about20 mouthwatering dessert recipes, each with a photo of how the finishedproduct is supposed to look. It also includes easy to understand bakingtips. If you like simple straightforward recipes, try this book. ... Read more

11. Mini-Cakes: Tiny Treats to Surprise & Delight
by Noga Hitron
Hardcover: 112 Pages (2010-08-03)
list price: US$17.95 -- used & new: US$10.38
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Asin: 1402739982
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The cakes in this book may be mini, but their impact is BIG! Every delectable treat here is as appealing to the eye as it is to the tongue. Start with one of the basic recipes-a Madeira Sponge or Chocolate Cake, for example. Then let the how-to photos and easy-to-follow directions be your guide as you decorate cakes for Mother's or Father's Day, for Valentine's Day, for the arrival of a new baby, and many more special occasions. Just a glimpse of one of these adorable designs will bring a sunny smile to anybody's face!
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fun Little Cakes!
In this colorful and fun book, Noga delivers many ideas of how to make small cakes (6 inches) into personal gifts for special occasions. Noga uses fondant as her main decorating medium, and she gives explanations of how to work with it. She also includes recipes, tools and templates for her designs. The book has a clean design, and includes large, colorful photos. Noga gives excellent step by step directions with clear descriptions and pictures for you to easily follow.

Noga suggests giving a small, personal cake for special times and has many examples. She has made a pink wrapped gift cake for birthdays, a stunning tiny wedding cake, and two cakes for celebrating a baby's birth (boy and girl!). She also has cakes for Easter, Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras, among several others. Her fondant decorating lends a very professional look to her cakes. This is a great book for those interested in learning more about fondant decorating, as well as finding fun ideas for making mini cakes for that special someone!

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
What a waste of money...Really thought it was a cute idea to give 'mini cakes' as gifts, but not much to the book for the price and what little is there is pretty unimpressive.Haven't tried the few cake recipes yet, maybe that will be the saving grace.But, from just the mini cake decorating photo examples, I am TOTALLY unimpressed!

3-0 out of 5 stars So-So book
This is an okay book for ideas.It only has 17 different designs for small cakes.Small cakes as in 6 inch diameter. The designs are simple and colorful that can be made by even a novice at cake decorating. The book includes templates for some of the designs.The first few pages gives a description on ingredients, recipes and techniques which I think could have been left out.The individual who buys this book should already know the basics of cake decorating. ... Read more

12. 250 Best Cakes and Pies
by Esther Brody
Paperback: 192 Pages (2003-10-04)
list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$8.95
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Asin: 0778800776
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The ultimate collection of cake and pie recipes

Find the perfect cake or pie to suit any occasion in 250 Best Cakes and Pies -- from chocolate cakes, cheesecakes, coffeecakes, sponge cakes, fruit pies, cream pies along with frostings, fillings and glazes. Also included are detailed and easy-to-follow instructions for preparing perfect pie crusts.

Create bakery classics like Boston Cream Pie, New York Style Cheesecake and Lemon Cream Meringue Pie. Take a new spin on an old classic with Baked Alaska Loaf or the home-inspired goodness of Mom's Sour Cream Chocolate Layer Cake and Upside-Down Apple Pie. An after-school special that everyone can enjoy is easy and delicious Pineapple Carrot Cake.

There are extensive baking tips and techniques. Novice cooks soon find that baking a cake or pie is not the challenge once imagined. Brody's baking experience and wonderfully inventive recipes make 250 Best Cakes and Pies an important baking reference. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars cakes and pies
this is just what i was looking for.am looking forward to doing a lot of baking!!!! ... Read more

13. Cake Characters (Cozy)
by Ann Pickard
Paperback: 156 Pages (2010-02-02)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$8.05
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Asin: 1861086431
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Imagine the surprise of a toddler whose birthday cake is topped by a cute pig lolling in royal icing “mud!” Or the delight of a mom-to-be whose shower cake features a teddy bear on a pink or blue blanket. These are just two of 30 spectacular projects in this delightful idea book for do-it-yourself cake decorators. Adorable animals, as well as a snowman, clown, Santa Claus, and more come to life in three-dimensional marzipan. There’s a “Basic Recipe and Techniques” section and detailed instructions on how to set poses and facial expressions. Best of all, the author offers invaluable tips on personalizing her ideas to fit any occasion and honoree.  

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14. Better Homes & Gardens: Cooking for Today - Cakes
by Better Homes and Gardens, Joanne G. Fullan
Hardcover: 144 Pages (1995-02)
list price: US$15.95 -- used & new: US$21.02
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Asin: 0696200546
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This lavishly illustrated book will help any cook to bake perfect cakes for every occasion, need, and taste. Two pages of helpful information and easy to follow recipes will guide the reader through every step. Includes 68 recipes, and 68 full page, full-color photos. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
Wonderful book to own. I am buying a couple more for my sister and sister-in-law. My favorite ones: Pumpkin Cake roll, Pear Walnut Coffee Cake, Sour Cream Cocoa Cake, German Chocolate Cake(a lot of steps)Buttermilk Carrot Cake(I fill the layers and frost the "top only" with the cream Cheese frosting),Nutmeg Cake with Lemon Sauce, and the Busy Day Cake. I made the Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Roll with Raspberry once for a Christmas celebration. It was a hit! It was a lot of work, but I was very proud of my final product-just like the photo. If you have the time to cook and love trying new cakes this book is for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I have owned this book for several years (it's actually falling apart) and always go to it when I want a cake recipe that's relatively quick to make. Two of the standby's in this book for us; the Busy Day Cake, which is good, quick, and easy, and the Gingerbread.

I have by no means made every recipe in this book, but I have made several and they've always turned out well. The most recent was the Sour Cream Cocoa Cake (though it was made using plain yogurt in place of the sour cream). Though we still tend to adjust fat and sugar content to a lower amount, the recipes are healthier than most.

I recommend this book for anyone who likes homemade cakes, but doesn't want to spend hours mixing and baking.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my most valued cookbooks
This book is EXCELLENT.Every recipe I have tried has turned out not just good, but great. I haven't tried every recipe, but from what I have baked, it seems to be a reliable source. I graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an AAS in Baking & Pastry Arts. This cookbook is one I turn to again and again for great-tasting and beautiful cakes. I look forward to trying them all.The "chocolate fudge cake" on p. 62 is my favorite:moist, rich, and everything a chocolate cake should be. Highly recommended.

1-0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE
okay, so, you think the recipes are awesome....well they are NOT.I have made the boston cream pie as well as the chocolate cake...and they both turned out horrible.It can't be just me, because we followed the directions completely.

Please please please, reconsider buying this book; it will make you look like a disgrace to all of your cooking friends!

In conclusion, horrible horrible horrible and don't buy this, unless you hate yourself and want to eat horrible cake. ... Read more

15. 101 More Things to Do with a Cake Mix
by Stephanie Ashcraft
Kindle Edition: 128 Pages (2010-06-10)
list price: US$4.99
Asin: B003R7KZSK
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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What could possibly top the New York Times best-selling cookbook 101 Things to Do With a Cake Mix by Stephanie Ashcraft? Why, more delicious cake mix recipes of course! Coming this spring, it's 101 More Things to Do with a Cake Mix! Stephanie Ashcraft has done it again, serving up more lovin' for every busy dessert-lover's oven. 101 More Things to Do with A Cake Mix includes simple and delicious recipes-allusing cake mix as a main ingredient-for sweet rolls, breads, cookies, cakes, trifles, ice cream sandwiches and cakes, dessert pizzas, and much more. With a delightful variety of recipes to choose from, there's a sweet treat for every occasion. Don't miss out on what will surely be another New York Times best-seller! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simpley the best!
I love this book! I also have her other one 101things to do with a cake mix. My kids love to help me cook and bake so this is a simple way for them to help. I get compliments on the cookies I make all the time. They can't believe that I used a cake mix to make them! I highly suggest you buy this book. I am def going to buy her casserole one too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy Baking
This little book is fantastic for the busy person who entertains alot or often. You have so many quick easy recipes and you can cook with fewer trips to the store. I have used this book over 101 times and now give it as a gift to new brides starting out. Why reinvent the wheel when you are in a hurry and need it to be good and fast. Just take a cake mix and 1 or 2 extra ingredients and Voila you have a new recipe!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book but pricey
Since receiving this book I have tried several of the recipes and they are really delicious.Very easy to make with small ingredient lists is the perfect addition to even the lazy cooks cookbook shelf.My only gripe was it's a little pricey but hey if you make several recipes and then pass the recipes around to friends it pays for itself.

Just so you know, the apple cakes are to die for. OMG, just soooooo delicious.Great way to snap up an easy dessert to take out to a pot luck supper or surprise your hostess at a dinner party.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great recipes!
I just received this book a couple of weeks ago.My daughter borrowed the book after I HIGHLY recommended one of the recipes.She has since found a couple of recipes she HIGHLY recommends!My only regret is that I really like cookbooks with pictures and there are none in this book.The recipes are fabulous and most look to be extremely easy.I think this is a must have book for anyone who has even a small library of cookbooks!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars 101 more more more
Well thought out recipes.
Clear and easy directions.
Easy to find ingredients and many already on hand.
I only wish there was a photo of the finished recipe.

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16. Cakes Galore
by Valerie Barrett
Paperback: 192 Pages (2006-10-01)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$5.70
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Asin: 1846011221
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Cast your mind back to your childhood days and awaken your senses and memories with this heart-warming compendium of irresistible cake recipes. Delicious photographs of the cakes accompany 120 recipes. The chapters include: Afternoon Tea, Grandma's Favorites, Special Occasion Cakes, Cakes for Kids, Dessert Cakes and Healthy and Special Diet Cakes This comprehensive collection of all-time classic cake recipes contains loads of old favorites to bring back sweet memories of childhood, and a number of new recipes that will have the whole family pleading for more. You?ll find old staples like the Pink and White Birthday cake and Dark Chocolate Cheesecake to new interpretations of traditional recipes like German Chocolate cake and Rum Cake. Cakes Galore is your one-stop guide to baking these popular desserts. ... Read more

17. Cakes for Romantic Occasions
by May Clee-Cadman
Paperback: 128 Pages (2009-11-11)
list price: US$24.99 -- used & new: US$10.87
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Asin: 071533154X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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You will indulge in this fresh and contemporary collection of irresistible cakes to suit every romantic occasion, from traditional wedding cakes to quirky Valentines treats and cupcakes to share with their loved ones.

The author does not only show readers how to create beautiful cakes with ease, but also advises on the best way to transport, display and serve.

Offering instruction on how to make coordinating favors and gifts, the versatility of each cake will ensure readers will be creating them all year round for all of those special occasions. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very pretty book
This is a nice book. The directions are detailed and easy to follow. The photos are beautiful. To me these cakes are simple and elegant. Not junked up with alot of flowers, etc. Very tasteful looking.

5-0 out of 5 stars Flowers
Shipping was fairly quick.I really enjoy this book.It has very very good instructions and very good and clear pictures.The ideas and cakes, ect in this book are all fantastic.I get inspired just looking through the book!The instructions are clear and exact.Great buy for all levels.

5-0 out of 5 stars Favorite Cake Book so far, and I own many!
I also own many cake books and this one is my new favorite!Very up to date designs and and beautiful pictures with well written instructions.This book is at the top of my pile of cake books. Although I haven't owned it very long I have referred to it many many times already.Has a very modern feel to it where the other books by many of the "pros" out there are so dated in their designs.I also loved the quality of the paper used in making this book, I know that sounds like a funny thing but it is a very heavy good quality paper! =)

5-0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
I own many cake books as well, but this has got to be my favorite one yet. Each cake comes with a detailed instructions on how to make it, and also has accompanying pictures. The photographs are very pretty and the designs are gorgeous. I also like how the tools you need to make the cakes are usually what every baker has at home. Also has a guide that shows you the amount of batter you need for specific size pans... love that part! Very helpful. I e-mailed the author to thank her for writing such an amazing book and she replied! I am planning to get her other book and all her future books. She is an inspiration.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love this book
I like the way May explains each step on how to create the beautiful cakes in this book.I've been decorating for 2 years and everything is simple to follow.She has great cake designs. ... Read more

18. Airbrush Techniques For Cake Decorating
Paperback: 35 Pages (1997-07)
list price: US$12.95 -- used & new: US$11.99
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Asin: 0930113179
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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This book is for the beginner or already-accomplishedcake decorating airbrush artist who wants to improve their skills. Itbegins with practice techniques to insure smooth, controlledresults. From there, it includes instructions with step-by-step blackand white photos plus color photos of finished designs on how to doshading, make stencils, use an airbrush for borders, createbreath-taking sunsets with palm trees or cattails, drop-shadow hearts,water effects, dimensional rose, rainbows and clouds, ribbons andbows, and easy step-by-step portraits of people and animals. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
Well worth every penny spent, great details in the instructions, do purchase the stencil book that goes with this.

1-0 out of 5 stars A piece of ....!! (Yes, exactly that!!)
Total waste of money!
You will have much, MUCH more fun burning your $12.95! There you have your 18 pieces of paper, and 1/4 is devoted to portraits-can you believe this? So, you have your Elvis (step by step), then there is James Dean, Abe Lincoln, JFK, Marilyn and-get this-Jean-Luc Picard!! I waited all my life to put the brave captain of the Enterprise on my birthday cake! Why there are no Klingons and Volcans, I don't know-maybe those are saved for the next edition? The rest of the book is not much better-few basic instructions, on the verge of banality and that's it.
A piece of ....! Watchyour step!

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
Unless you want Abe or James Dean on your cake really a waste of money

4-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Asset for the Beginner
I picked up this book when I first purchased my airbrush.I was able toread through this book and immediately create a stencil and use my airbrushfor wonderful backgrounds.The colorful photos and easy-to-understanddirections make this a need-to-have beginners handbook. ... Read more

19. Beyond Rice Cakes: A Young Person's Guide to Cooking, Eating & Living Gluten-Free
by Vanessa Maltin
Paperback: 233 Pages (2006-08-29)
list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$14.92
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Asin: 0595404243
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This ingenious health guide offers hilarious first-person tales of the trials and tribulations of living with celiac disease, including the often embarrassing side effects and surviving college without beer. Author Vanessa Maltin uses her own personal experience with celiac disease to help you cope and offers tips for a gluten-free lifestyle that is easy and fun to maintain.

  • Easy-to-make recipes including snacks, finger foods, soups, salads, main dishes, and desserts
  • Cooking tips from Christina Pirello, Emmy Award-winning TV personality and best-selling author of Cooking the Whole Foods Way
  • Advice from experts for managing a gluten-free diet at home, in the workplace, at college, and on vacation

Beyond Rice Cakes is a must-read for people with celiac, their friends and families. The Gluten-Free Girls’ tips and recipes are more than strategies for simply coping with celiac. They promote an approach to gluten-free living that is full of adventure, innovation, and joy.”
—Alice Bast, executive director of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

“Gluten-free cooking has never been easier!! With a small amount of time, limited ingredients, and basic kitchen utensils, Beyond Rice Cakes makes cooking easy and enjoyable for even the most cooking-delinquent college freshman.”
—Lee Tobin, team leader, Gluten-Free Bakehouse, Whole Foods Market ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond Rice Cakes:A Young Person's Guide to Cooking, Eating and Living Gluten-Free
This book was especially useful not only to young people but others that like snacks and foods that young people buy. There is resturant information and stories for a young person about how to cope with Celiac Disease.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for Gluten Free Diet!
I love this book. I bought after being told I had to eliminate gluten from the diet. Even though this book is done by a college girl, I find I like the different recipes and the convenience factors. This book goes great with a book of recipes that would be really challenging. We all need quick and easy ones and this has lots of ideas. Yes, some recipes are simple, but a good reminder that... hey I can eat that! You absolutely have to try the chocolate peanut butter cookies! My favorite and easy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Book on gluten free cooking------
I have a young daughter who was recently diagnosed with Celiac.Ordering this book was a great help to her in determining what to eat.This book was definitely written with a young person in mind.


5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond Rice Cakes
A wonderful book for all and especially for people who live alone both young and old.Disregard Maltin's "young person" focus.Regardless of your age you will enjoy reading the book and using the recipes. Maltin writes with a practical and humorous view of reality.There are a lot of great tips and good advice in addition to the recipes.I am a senior citizen who lives alone who has cooked a lot of complicated recipes--this is one of my favorite books.

3-0 out of 5 stars This cookbook is "OK"
This cookbook does have a lot of good information in it which is nice...and it has few recipes which I will probably try to use.... but I wouldn't say that it will be the one with the most bent pages. :)

I'm only 23, so I would imagine that I will qualify as a "young person", but some of the recipes were so basic that they probably shouldn't have been included.However, that being said, there are a few that are worthy of being included in our "rotation".

I like the fact that she is increasing Celiac awareness and that she provides bonus information.I just wish that there were some juicier recipes in there! ... Read more

20. Rose's Heavenly Cakes
by Rose Levy Beranbaum
Hardcover: 512 Pages (2009-09-22)
list price: US$39.95 -- used & new: US$20.95
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Asin: 0471781738
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This comprehensive guide will help home bakers to create delicious, decadent, and spectacularly beautiful cakes of all kinds with confidence and ease. With her precise, foolproof recipes, Rose shows you how to create everything from Heavenly Coconut Seduction Cake, Golden Lemon Almond Cake, and Devil's Food Cake with Midnight Ganache to Orange-Glow Chiffon Layer Cake, Mud Turtle Cupcakes, and Deep Chocolate Passion Wedding Cake.Amazon.com Review

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At last an all-new, full-color cake lover's companion from Rose Levy Beranbaum, The Diva of Desserts!

Rose Levy Beranbaum is a much beloved and widely respected baking legend-"a worshiped woman . . . revered by serious cooks and part-timers" alike, in the words of USA Today. Eagerly-awaited by her legions of devoted fans, Rose's Heavenly Cakes is a must-have guide to perfect cake-baking from this award-winning master baker and author of The Cake Bible, one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time.

This comprehensive guide will help home bakers to create delicious, decadent, and spectacularly beautiful cakes of all kinds with confidence and ease. With her precise, foolproof recipes, Rose shows you how to create everything from Heavenly Coconut Seduction Cake, Golden Lemon Almond Cake, and Devil's Food Cake with Midnight Ganache to Orange-Glow Chiffon Layer Cake, Mud Turtle Cupcakes, and Deep Chocolate Passion Wedding Cake.

Rose's Heavenly Cakes

  • Features Rose's trademark easy-to-follow, expertly tested (and retested) recipes for perfectly delicious results every time
  • Offers over 100 simply wonderful recipes for cakes for every occasion-from exceptionally delicious butter and oil cakes, sponge cakes, and mostly flourless cakes and cheesecakes, to charming baby cakes and elegant wedding cakes
  • Features special tips and tricks from a beloved baking expert for creating amazing special effects and beautiful cake decor
  • Contains 100 tempting full-color photos

Visit Rose Levy Beranbaum at realbakingwithrose.com and learn basic baking techniques with her, including measuring, preparing, and mixing ingredients to make cakes and creating decorations to dress them up.

Everything you need to create heavenly cakes-every time-can be found in this new collection of tried-and true recipes by one of the most celebrated bakers of our time.

Recipe Excerpts from Rose's Heavenly Cakes

Baby Lemon Cheesecakes

Whipped Cream Cake

Rose Red Velvet Cake

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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolute BEST cake cookbook!
This is the first time that I have ever written an amazon review, but Rose's Heavenly Cakes is such an amazing cake book that I feel obligated to sing its praises. So far I have made two cakes, the Sicilian pistachio cake and the whipped cream cake, and they both came out as perfectly as cakes purchased from a bakery. In order to achieve the perfect results, you must follow her directions exactly...which includes thawing the butter and eggs to room temperature. Some people may not have the patience to follow her instructions or they don't understand why it's necessary to do things in the order that Rose specifies, and I guarantee this is why their results are not perfect. Rose has made a delicious science out of cake baking! I have truly never made such delicious cakes before! Another perk of this book is that there are recipes from the simple to the complex. The Sicilian pistachio cake took me around 3 hours start to finish, but the whipped cream cake took a quick and easy 45 minutes (including baking time). There is truly something for everyone in this book. I can't wait to get her earlier book, too!

5-0 out of 5 stars No disappointment here!
Rose has never disappointed me with her books!I absolutely love this book.I also have her Cake Bible and hands down, it's the best cookbook I've ever purchased and it's the only one I can say has made me a better baker.She describes the "why" to everything and the pictures are the best!Great buy.....you won't be disappointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful cake recipes!
You can't go wrong with any of the recipes written by Rose Levy!She's always sure to please!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - almost better than The Cake Bible
Almost better than "The Cake Bible" is high praise from me - that cookbook got me through the harrowing ordeal of making my first wedding cake (long before I was really "ready.")Now with 5 large wedding cakes - and dozens of other "special occasion" cakes - behind me, "Heavenly Cakes" has become my new obsession.

This one is a lot of fun; many of the recipes seem much more "approachable" than a lot of the ones I've made from my "sacred" Cake Bible.I've been baking from "Heavenly Cakes" since I got it for Christmas and everything has been wonderful - but best of all is the Apricot Roll w/ Rose's new lacquer glaze - just stunning in appearance and absolutely delicious.I made the new banana cake last week and was skeptical that it could beat the one from "The Cake Bible" and I'm afraid to say - it DID!I made a double recipe for 10 people - two of whom didn't make it and still not a crumb was left at the end of the party!
The pictures are fantastic - well detailed and show steps not usually seen in most cookbooks.Usually I'm a little apprehensive about the next call I get from someone wanting to order a wedding cake but now I'm praying someone will want that gorgeous chocolate wedding cake from this book.

My only complaint is that this book is sure to literally fall apart from continual use - just like every other "Rose" cookbook I own. (Seriously, if any publishers read this - you guys *have* to use better glue for Rose's cookbooks - they see A LOT of action in a kitchen like mine!)

2-0 out of 5 stars Not so heavenly...
I love to bake and have made many complicated cakes requiring tiers, ganache, buttercreams, fruit fillings, etc.In looking for some new recipes, I found this book, which was highly rated, and following using the search inside the book feature, it looked like there were some absolutely gorgeous cakes inside.So, I purchased it.

The first cake that I made was the whipped cream cake, which was good, but baked domed and remained that way following cooling.Accoringly, the bundt did not sit flat on the cake (I chose not to level the bottom following turning it out onto the plate, as this would have involved cutting off a significant amount of cake.

Today I've been working on Woody's Lemon Luxury Layer Cake, and thus far (all components completed, cake not yet assembled) again am not pleased.The cakes baked unevenly (no it is not my oven, as verified by an oven thermometer, and success with recipes from other books), and upon cooling, fell in the centers, on the exposed face.When flipped over, they appear beautiful, but I am sure that there will be texture issues.The white chocolate lemon buttercream tastes wonderful, but is not the yellow color pictured in the beautiful picture from the book.Instead it is a creamy light yellow color in lieu of the vibrant color shown in the cookbook.

The only think I can think of is that Rose's Cake strips are required.I use magic line pans and haven't required the use of cake strips in the past with recipes from various other sources, both online and in books other than this.

It is sad that these beautiful recipes do not execute well.Very disappointing.Even more disappointing is the cost of these failures, between eggs, white chocolate, and cream, this is not cheap.

The directions also leave something to be desired.For example, when making the white chocolate lemon buttercream, the reader is instructed to make the custard base, refrigerate until it is between 65 and 70 degrees, then complete it using butter that is 65 to 75 degrees, followed by letting it sit out for 1.5 - 2 hours.It should be no more than 70 degrees following this resting period.How is this possible, unless you keep your house at less than 70 degrees considering that the ingredients are already at that temperature when combined?

Also, there are no storage instructions clearly outlined - how to store the assembled cake, how long components can be made in advance, stored refrigerated or frozen, etc.

This book is headed to the goodwill, or to be resold on Amazon.com.

The Cake Book by Tish Boyle is a much better choice.Even better yet, are user reviewed recipes from Epicurious and Food Network. ... Read more

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