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The Cake Mix Doctor Returns!: With 160 All-New Recipes Paperback – September 30, 2009
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Transform ordinary cake mix into extraordinary cakes through just the right additions: Use buttermilk and sour cream for greater moisture and richness. Boost flavor with cocoa powder, peppermint extract, lemon zest―even lemon yogurt. Instead of water, try orange juice, canned pumpkin, a leftover cup of coffee (it makes for a devilishly delicious brownie). Celebrating ten years since she reinvented home baking, Anne Byrn takes bakers boldly forward with 160 all-new, fast, foolproof recipes, plus dozens of fresh ideas on frosting (including how to make only what you need), garnishing, and baking lighter cakes for lighter appetites.
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Still, it was disappointing a bit to see so many familiar recipes with just a minor variation (one is even the same cake, but as a sheet cake instead of a layer cake). The book definitely acknowledges the repeats--but still.
That being said, I was THRILLED to see a new version of the Coconut Icebox Cake that did NOT require the ever-elusive frozen, unsweetened coconut which was a requirement in earlier versions.
So, I'm excited by the book, but was hoping for more totally new recipes.
I made several recipes and they were all winners(Banana Chocolate Chip Cake,Cinnamon Swirl Cake,Lemon Streusel Cake(used a confectionary glaze without cream cheese) but my absolute hands down favorite and most requested recipe is the Old Fashioned Brownies!!!! Every time I make these, I get lots of compliments and several requests for the recipe!! My husband's co-workers even beg him to bring in those "killer brownies!!"
These brownies, when prepared as the recipe states are cakey and fudgy. Personally, I prefer my brownies fudgy, not cakey. The fuggier the better!!!! I love the dense chocolate mouth feel!! I tweeked this recipe to get the fudgiest most dense chocolate brownies ever!! By reducing the number of eggs to only 2, and adding 1 1/2 TBS of Instant Espresso Powder to the batter, these brownies became the most decadent brownies I have ever eaten!! They are even better than any recipe I made from scratch!!! Be careful not to over bake them. The outer edges should test done and the middle have a slight residue on a toothpick. These will set up when cool and taste best refrigerated... OMG these are truly AMAZING!!!!
I also would have liked larger photos. The cakes are displayed in the front few pages of the book approximately 16 photos to a page.
But on the plus side the recipes really are very good and most are very easy so if you don't already have one of her books, go ahead and purchase this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've already tried 3 recipes and I just bought the book a few months ago. They were all very tasty and I can't wait to try more.Published 4 days ago by James H.
Wonderful make great cakes with short cuts. Just the differed toppings recipe worth the price, must have.Published 1 month ago by anonymous
This was for a gift.
The Folks that got it loved it.