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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761122710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761122715
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Ann Byrn is on to something. Her first book, The Cake Mix Doctor, showed readers how to tweak store-bought cake mixes to produce "like-homemade" treats. The sequel, Chocolate from the Cake Mix Doctor repeats Byrn's foolproof approach, focusing solely on chocolate. The strategy? Begin with commercial mixes like chocolate cake, devil's food, and chocolate brownie; alter them with ingredients that add flavor, such as cocoa powder, or richness and moistness, like sour cream; use homemade frostings (supermarket versions won't cut it); and you're in business. "My mission," says Byrn, "is to help busy cooks find the time to bake even when company is not coming." If her sweets lack true homemade quality, they nonetheless produce entirely creditable desserts most bakers, and those they feed, will applaud.

Beginning with a blueprint for mix-doctoring success, which includes information on pantry essentials and a useful chocolate primer, the book then presents over 150 easy recipes for a full range of chocolate layer, pound, sheet, angel food, and chiffon cakes, as well as muffins, cookies, brownies, and more. Among these, readers will surely want to try Triple Decker Raspberry Chocolate Cake, White Chocolate Peach Cake, Frozen Chocolate Neapolitan Cake, and Jessica's Caramel Chocolate Brownies. Besides more basic finishes, the frosting chapter offers recipes for the likes of Crushed Peppermint Buttercream Frosting. An introductory section presents color photos of all the cakes; Byrn also supplies interesting technical information, lore (Nuggets of Chocolate History, for one), and a chocolate cake glossary all bakers can use. --Arthur Boehm

From Publishers Weekly

Following her hugely successful baking book The Cake Mix Doctor, Byrn brings her winning formula of doctoring cake mixes to the world of chocolate. No other ingredient tantalizes and tempts the American consumer, who devours it to the tune of 2.8 billion pounds a year. Byrn marries cake mixes with chocolate in 150 easy recipes to create a personalized result. From layers to pound cakes and from sheet cakes to muffins, chocolate invades the senses. These are complemented by 38 frostings, fillings and glazes that intensify the flavors. Whether it's the rich Chocolate Apricot Cake topped with Martha's Chocolate Icing or the lighter than air Barbara's Chocolate Marble Angel Food Cake crowned with Shiny Chocolate Glaze, the recipes are easy and the results are fulfilling. Even the health conscious are looked after, with Good-for-You Chocolate Pound Cake, again with the Shiny Chocolate Glaze, which is so extraordinarily sinful that it's hard to believe it uses applesauce and egg substitute rather than oil and eggs. Throughout the book, useful hints and tips labeled "the Cake Mix Doctor says" are interspersed to give variations to the cakes as well as help and support. There are also larger additions, e.g., "If the cake sticks to the pan," that provide general aid. Despite focusing only on chocolate, this book tops even the original and should appeal to the busy cook, the first-time baker and the chocoholic. (Oct.)Forecast: Expect big sales. The Cake Mix Doctor has 784,000 copies in print, and with a 290,000 printing and 20-city author tour, the publisher fully expects to meet that number for this title.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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More About the Author

Anne Byrn is known to millions of fans through her Cake Mix Doctor and Dinner Doctor cookbooks, which she's promoted in more than 200 television appearances on Good Morning America, Roker on the Road, QVC, and local stations. She is also a favorite subject for lifestyle editors in newspapers across the country. Anne lives in Nashville with her husband and three children. You can visit her online at www.cakemixdoctor.com.

Customer Reviews

This book, and The Cake Doctor have delicious and easy recipes using the box mix.
Maureen Smith
I would highly recommend this book to you if you are looking for something a little special.
Stephanie Manley
I have tried one brownie recipe and one cake recipe and I am very happy with the results.
Lawnmover

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Manley VINE VOICE on November 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
Now there are times when we can't prepare something from scratch, and this book is perfect for those times. By adding a few extra ingredients that are readily available in your pantry, you can turn somethin ordinary into something people will rave about, and beg you for the recipe. Meanwhile you have accomplished this with a boxed cake mix, and things you normally have in the pantry. I like this book more than the first book, as well it has one of the things that I enjoy the most.... Chocolate. This book is packed with all sorts of recipes for cake(Chocolate Sour Cream Cake), brownies (Kaluhua Cream Cheese Brownies), and many other tasty creations. The book is well written, easy to read and filled with serving suggestions and so much more. I would highly recommend this book to you if you are looking for something a little special.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "luvamoose67" on October 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a terrific follow-up to The Cake Mix Doctor. This time around though, the recipes focus on a broader variety of desserts that can be made from chocolate cake and brownie mixes. Making a few simple substitutions and/or additions to a basic chocolate cake or brownie mix can give you a dessert that will silence most "cake mix doubters". No one will believe the Triple Decker Chocolate Raspberry Cake began with a mix!
This time, Chocolate From the Cake Mix Doctor adds more variety than just chocolate cakes with a larger number of brownies, muffins, bars and little cakes than seen in the previous book. As in her first CMD book, Byrn gives recipes for terrific scratch frostings which are what really set these cakes apart. There are clear tips and suggestions in a thoroughly updated first section and great ideas in neat boxes at nearly every recipe. My favorite thing about the book is the website that goes along with it, where bakers can ask questions about a recipe in the book and get reviews and suggestions from other bakers.
If you are a fan of chocolate, bake a lot or are looking for a way to make your chocolate cakes a bit less ordinary--this book will not disappoint you.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book may not be appreciated by the from scratch purists but it definitely is the book for those short on time. Plus it's fun factor is off the charts!! Anne Byrn puts together another tasty collection, with fantastic pictures to boot, for bakers to drool over. Focusing on chocolate this time around she sticks with the succesful format of her first book and adds a questions and answer section based on questions that arose from her first succesful Cake Mix Doctor book. There is much more focus on decorating the cakes this time around but don't be alarmed---the decorating is as easy as putting the cake together. If you haven't discovered the Cake Mix Doctor yet then this is the time.
For those who are well familiar with the first book there are a few repeats which might be a disappointment but the myriad of new recipes should make up for it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Big-Z on March 23, 2003
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This book is a blessing for anyone with limited time who does not want to make cakes from scratch. I have tried a dozen from this book, adjusted them to my altitude (7,500 feet) and they were great. I recommend this book without reservation at twice the price.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "sassy519" on December 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
I purchased "Chocolate from the Cake Mix Doctor" about a month ago. I've tried nearly 6 recipes in that time. It is so easy to follow the recipes. She gives helpful hints. One thing I like most is that there are so many bundt cake recipes, which I find are easier to make to transport to functions than a layer cake. I enjoyed this book so much I just ordered her other book "The Cake Mix Doctor". All I can say is "try it you'll like it".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have only made a couple of recipes from this book, but they have been very well received. Nobody can believe they come from a mix! The book has a wide variety of recipes for cakes and other concoctions. If you're on a diet or watching your carb intake, these recipes are not for you! There are a few "light" recipes, but they would still be forbidden on any diet I know of! The cookie recipes seem a bit involved; I'm looking for quick and easy preparation with flavorful and fabulous results and the recipes for cakes and brownies give the most bang for the effort. I also like that she seems to have cut down on the number of recipes containing alcohol; the original Cake Mix Doctor had a whole lot of "saucy" cakes. Besides the great recipes, the book discusses common add-ins for cake mixes and gives lots of suggestions and hints. I found it informative and entertaining, as well as an excellent source of recipes. When I was too busy to bake anything for our last potluck at work, everyone was so disappointed that I brought a frozen cheesecake instead of one of these wonderful cakes! The best part is that the cakes are very moist! Excellent book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By LeonsinIL on October 25, 2001
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I just got the new CMD CHOCOLATE book yesterday!!! Anne, my friend, you have OUTDONE yourself!! I am so stunned I can't get past the pictures!! Even my dear husband said 'Let me see what all the fuss is about...WOW, look at THAT one!' I mean, Cappucino Angel Food Mousse Torte?! Frozen Chocolate Neopolitan Cake?! Ooo la la - you really know how to hurt a girl! Thanks Anne for your hard work in turning out another AMAZING book. I especially appreciate the ideas for elegant (but SIMPLE) finishing touches - a real inspiration for those bakers like myself that enjoy 'kicking things up a notch' (can you tell I am a FoodTV junkie?)! The cakes in this book have definite WOW FACTOR and are SURE to be crowd pleasers. I can't wait to get started on the new recipes! THANKS AGAIN! Franny
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