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Duncan Hines Complete Cake Mix Magic Spiral-bound – August 11, 2005


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  • Spiral-bound: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Rose (August 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 077880125X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778801252
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 8.7 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want to shine amongst your friends and family as being the best dessert chef they've ever known this is the book for you. But, of course, you'll have to keep it a secret. By using packaged mixes and adding other ingredients, all of a sudden we can turn an ordinary cake mix into something spectacular. For the purpose of the review we are asked to test three recipes. The first one I tested was Chocolate Zucchini Cake. Using a devil's food cake mix and adding the usual ingredients of eggs, water and oil I also added cinnamon, zucchini, chocolate chips and chopped pecans. Oh my, it was delicious -- moist and decadent. The second recipe I tested was Pumpkin Pie Crunch. Using a yellow cake mix and adding pureed pumpkin (from a can,) eggs, and spices made a great base. The crunch was made from chopped pecans and a lot of butter. This made a very good desert and froze very well. The third recipe I tested was Chocolate Raspberry Almond Oat Bars. Using a white cake mix and adding oats and melted butter, I ended up with a crumbly base. The raspberry jam sprinkled with chocolate chips and chopped pecans made a great filling. These freeze well also. I am hooked on using cake mixes as a base for other deserts. It's easy, the ingredients are measured out already, and definitely saves time. I highly recommend Complete Cake Mix Magic -- I promise, you WILL shine! (Irene Watson Reader Views 2010-11-22)

Illustrates that no hocus-pocus is required to consistently produce outstanding results with a minimum of time and effort. (Trenton Trentonian 2005-10-19)

About the Author

Jill Snider was the Test Kitchen Manager for a major North American flour maker for 25 years. She is a recipe developer and food stylist and lives in Toronto, Canada.


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This is a fantastically fun kitchen fantasy.
Michael Morris
Up to this day, I did not realize that I could make cookies, fruit bars, etc... out of a cake mix box...!
La Belle Aurore
Found this book at the library and ordered my own copy.
Florence E. Fessler

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D. Matlack on August 4, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
Only not as extensive or suggestive as the Cake mix Doctor.

However, this is a nicely chosen selection of dessert recipes designed to jazz up your standard cake-mix. I would say I am more partial to this over the Cake-Rx books for three reasons:

1.) The book has color pictures, call me immature, but if I'm too lazy to make a cake from scratch, I'm going to want color pictures/diagrams to show me what I should have come up with.

2.) The recipes are easier to read. The layout is concise and the bold print lends a helping hand to "tired eyes".

3.) And this is a big one: the book lies perfectly flat when in use. Even after I broke the spine of my Cake-Rx book to lie flat the pages still danced about on their own accord. That really annoyed me.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Lohr on August 25, 2008
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Since purchasing, I have used this book over and over again. Recipes are simple and the cakes turn out delicous each time!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joan Ross on April 7, 2010
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I have read, and own many cookbooks based on boxed mixes. This is definitely the best!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Florence E. Fessler on December 13, 2013
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This is a wonderful cookbook. For those who want to serve a beautiful, delicious cake to friends and family without spending all day in the kitchen, this book is a must have! Using cake mixes and other ingredients, you can make a fabulous looking cake. This book has a lot of wonderful pictures and ideas for a cakes that will make your guests say "wow" .. Found this book at the library and ordered my own copy. Love it !!
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