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Cake Simple: Recipes for Bundt-Style Cakes from Classic Dark Chocolate to Luscious Lemon-Basil Hardcover – September 21, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811879364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811879361
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christie Matheson is the co-author of several books, including Flour.

Alex Farnum is a San Francisco-based photographer.

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Am looking forward to try other recipes!
JO
So when you need a good looking and great tasting cake, a bundt, especially one from this book, is the way to go.
Elin
I've made a couple of the recipes and especially the milk chocolate bundt cake.
B Cat

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JO on October 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am giving this book 5 stars because two recipes I have tried, turned out wonderful. I have made the Apple Butterscotch Cake and Cranberry-Creme Fraiche, and both are really good! I did reduce the sugar in both recipes, but then I always do that in all recipes as I personally do not like overly sweet cakes. There is one error however, which I've noticed in Lady Bird Lemon cake, the butter was stated as 3/4 cup (287gm), I assume that the correct measurement should be 3/4 cup (172gm) or maybe 1-1/4 cups (287gm)? Ms Christie Matheson, if you are reading this, perhaps you could clarify on that? And this is a beautiful book, the photos are beautiful and would be great if more photos are included. Overall, I'm quite happy with this book. Am looking forward to try other recipes!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cathi Martin on August 12, 2012
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You know that really good chocolate cake you can only get at that expensive restaurant you only go to on special occasions? That perfectly dense, cake with the wonderful milk chocolate ganache? Ya that one. You should taste it right out of the oven!!! Page 46. I have been looking for this one for years! And I did it with the grocery store chocolate (the one with the G not the H or the N. I can't wait to try it with the chocolate she suggested!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 24, 2013
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While the cakes themselves are simple looking, I have found with the recipes that I have set out to try, that extra steps are required to make an ingredient called for in the recipes. For example the marble cake recipe requires the making of creme fraiche which requires 8-11 hours of resting time. The salted caramel recipe requires the step of making a caramel syrup. The birthday cake recipe requires making chocolate pudding. This has prevented me from making the recipe at the time I planned to try them.
I am an experienced baker and the book has not met my need for the simplicity that I was hoping for when purchasing the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Not her real name on March 25, 2014
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I love cookbooks and I love to bake. I'm a big fan of bundt cakes. Mostly they are homey, uncomplicated and don't require a special trip to the grocery for ingredients. For me a good bundt cake is for grownups, not overly sweet, mostly don't need frosting. Perhaps best of all a bundt provides lots of portions for your effort so it had better be good.

I was surprised at how uninspired I was by the the recipes in this book.

Unless this is your first baking book you probably already have recipes for most of what's in the first chapter of this book. The second chapter is more innovative, but the cakes are overly sweet. The third chapter "for food snobs" has the oddest recipes. If Fuyu Persimmon, Lemon Basil (the third lemon recipe in the book), Mojito, Kumquat-Coconut with Tarragon, Olive Oil Rosemary, Honey Jalepeno or Cornmeal Lime with Chili, sound good to you, this may be your book.

Also, this author likes Creme Fraiche a lot and tells how to make it, but it alone takes two or three hours.

I think you can do much better. Try Maida Heatter (possibly the best baking author ever) Dorie Greenspan or Nick Malgieri all are excellent. If you're looking for out of the ordinary and don't mind a special trip to the grocery try David Lebovitz whose recipes are innovative and delicious.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Ehrler on November 29, 2012
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Im in love with this book!! it really does honor its name, as recipes are somewhat simple to make, super well explained, yet the results can satisfy even the pickiest palate!! Following the other reviews I started by the milk chocolate cake on page 46... heaven in a bundt! I did my own version by mixing both milk and dark chocolate instead of milk alone, it was fantastic! everyone who tried it is hooked for good! it is super moist, rich, dense! yum yum!
Tonight Im going for the Lady Bird lemon, which sounds soooo good!
The only critic I can offer is that the book would be enhaced if it had more pictures...not that it would affect the fantastic end result, but just a note from a cookbook lover!
two thumbs up for Christie Matheson! way to go!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Burns on April 18, 2014
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This was purchased as a gift and the recipient seems to like it. She has used some of the recipes in a mini bundt pan by just adjusting the cooking time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Salvador Ceja on November 5, 2013
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very good cake recipes especially and the variety was great , I am going to try all the upside down cake recipes. The mango upside down cake was unique and delicious!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elin on July 3, 2012
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I loved this book. When I picked it up I had been looking for a Tunnel of Fudge recipe. Much to my delight, it was in this book. I've made a few of the cakes now and each one has turned out wonderfully. So when you need a good looking and great tasting cake, a bundt, especially one from this book, is the way to go.
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