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Cake Keeper Cakes: 100 Simple Recipes for Extraordinary Bundt Cakes, Pound Cakes, Snacking Cakes, and Other Good-to-the-Last-Crumb Treats Paperback – October 27, 2009
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About the Author
former White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier on" Dessert University" and with Daniel Leader on "Local Breads", which won an IACP award. She has appeared on "The Today Show" and has sold over 50,000 books on QVC. She can be seen demonstrating baking techniques for Pillsbury on www.howdini.com.
Top Customer Reviews
I liked that the cakes are fairly easy to make (and fairly quick, since none are frosted). Glazes are suggested for some cakes, and the author suggests what to serve with some cakes to dress them up (fruit, ice cream, flavored whipped cream, etc).
The ingredients should be in just about any grocery store with only a few exceptions (such as maple extract, coconut extract, fresh lavender leaves, and cream of coconut). Even better, most of the ingredients are likely in your cupboard and refrigerator on a daily basis so if you have only an hour's notice of a friend coming to visit, you'll have your choice of many cakes to whip up and serve warm.
The author covers a wonderful variety of flavors (chocolate, vanilla, coconut, espresso, lemon, nuts, fruit, etc.) without focusing on any single one too often. As I went through the book, I kept thinking of friends who would like one recipe or another.
There are recipes for 100 cakes and 37 are pictured.Read more ›
I prepared two cakes from the book - the Chocolate Malted Snacking Cake and one of the bundt recipes -- the Applesauce Cake with Oatmeal Streusel. Both cakes baked perfectly and were absolutely delicious and distinctive. The Chocolate Malted snacking cake had the appropriate slightly coarser texture of a snack cake and the batter possessed a heavy scent of malt. Once baked, dark chocolate was the predominate flavor with malt providing depth and interest in the background. The recipe came together quickly with little effort and produced a cake that was both delicious and different.
I added a picture of The Applesauce Cake with Oatmeal Streusel since it isn't photographed in the book. The streusel has body because of the oatmeal so it keeps its distinct texture through baking. The spices include cinnamon in the streusel and cardamom, cloves and vanilla in the batter which creates a cake that is lightly spicy with undertones of citrus from the cardamom. I chose to prepare this cake because it would serve two functions -- dessert and a breakfast sweet.Read more ›
By contrast, Camilla Saulsbury's Piece of Cake! has provided me with several excellent and easy recipes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You will use this book often. The book is full of recipes that require the basic pantry staples and produce yummy cakes that can shared at all kinds of occasions. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Caroline Dixon
I have too many cookbooks. I'm in the process of culling my collection, but this one's staying. I've only made five of the recipes from this book so far, but all have turned out... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pen Name
Delightful little cake cookbook with not terribly difficult recipes. I bought one for myself and one for another baker in my family and she loved it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Garnet
Wonderful recipes, but haven't had a chance to try many of them out yet.Published 14 months ago by Fluffy
Great recipes and beautiful presentations. East to follow directions and lots of pictures.Published 23 months ago by Cleopatra
For the most part this is a really great and simple cake book. Most of the cakes turn out wonderful and tasty. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I'm spoiled, when it comes to cookbooks. I like pictures. Lots of pictures. This book has pictures, but not for every recipe. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Foodiewife