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This volume isn't about artisanal baking nor does it pretend to be. And that won't bother the legions of devoted Cake Mix Doctor fans. Byrn's sixth book goes back to what made her famous: a whole lot of recipes for comforting cakes (plus some cookies and brownies) made easy thanks to the use of purchased cake mix and other supermarket ingredients. Readers are welcomed with thumbnail color photographs of all cakes in the book, with page numbers to enable quick flipping when a confection catches the eye. A hint-filled introduction, written in Byrn's friendly, collaborational prose, offers confidence even to kitchen neophytes. And then there are the recipes, 160 of them, many contributed by fans. They include lemonade chiffon layer cake with raspberry filling, made with yellow cake mix, frozen lemonade concentrate and raspberry pie filling; double coconut macadamia cake, featuring yellow or butter cake mix and vanilla instant pudding mix; chocolate-covered cherry cake, utilizing chocolate cake mix with pudding and cherry pie filling; and plenty more appealingly straightforward sweet treats. For those who want to have their mostly homemade cake and eat it, too, this book will become a go-to guide. (Oct.)
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It’s pure magic―you’ll never believe these cakes come out of a box!

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 502 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (September 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761129618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761129615
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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Not much to say, except -- if you have the other Cake Mix Doctor books, you do not need this one (unless you simply want to complete the library). It it mostly a rehash of the first two cake books...and the "low-fat" changes do NOT improve the recipes. Here's an example of a repeat: "Key Lime Cheesecake". The recipe is a repeat of the same one featured in "The Cake Mix Doctor Does Chocolate"...except it does not have a chocolate crust and pecans are added. The "lighter" version of "Darn Good Chocolate Cake" is NOT as good -- just stick with the original recipe. The change in the "Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars" is NOT for the better. For those of you who have made them (featured in the second Cake Mix Doctor book), the coconut is in the original recipe for a reason...it holds the chocolate filling together. Taking it out in the "revised" recipe is NOT an improvement. Apparently, the publisher wanted to squeeze another book out of the series, and did what Southern Living/Oxmoor House is infamous for -- printed a "new" book filled with recipes from other books in the same series. For those of you who have none of the Cake Mix Doctor books -- bypass this one and purchase the original "Cake Mix Doctor". It's the best and comes highly recommended.
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Bought the kindle version thinking it was such a great deal because I have one of her other books in paperback. What a dissapointment to find the kindle version doesn't include photos of the cakes like the paperbacks. I like to see what the cake looks like before I bake it.
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I just received this book so I have not yet attempted any of the cakes contained in it. Still, I wanted to post a quick review to say that, while each of the recipes may be "New", many are just revised or reformulated versions of recipes in her earlier books. There are pictures of each recipe up front (which is nice) and the introduction section is excellent, as in all prior books.

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.
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I do a lot of baking from scratch but occasionally I need to make a fast dessert and rely on a mix. I am not a fan of store bought cake mixes; I always add different ingredients to improve the taste and texture. This book as well as the initial book, The Cake Mix Doctor, gives me many creative options to transform a mediocre cake mix into an incredible dessert!!! I even tweeked some recipes and made them even better!!! And best of all, no one can ever tell I used a pre-packaged mix!!!

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!!!!
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Luckily I picked this up at the library as there really is very little new in the book. I own Ms. Byrn's cupcake cookbook and many of these recipes are in that book. Taking them from cupcake to layer cake doesn't really make it a new recipe. I would have been very disappointed had I purchased the book.

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.
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Not really practical since all her recipes call for 18.25 ounce cake mixes and all the makers have reduced the size of their cake mixes by TWO and THREE ONCES. That two to three ounce difference between an 18.25 ounce recipe and an actual 16.25 or 15.25 ounce cake mix, can create a real cake FLOP!
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A couple years ago, I borrowed the original Cake Mix Doctor from my local library and had been wanting to purchase it, but just put it off (clearly a non-essential!). When I saw this new book had come out, I took the plunge and bought them both. Looking at them side by side, there are many similarities. I'm not sure how they defined "NEW" for the 160 new recipes but many of the recipes were very similar. All in all, I like what it offers, though one of the two would probably have been enough for my collection.
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