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United Cakes of America: Recipes Celebrating Every State Hardcover – April 1, 2010
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The 4 regions are represented, northeast, south, Midwest and west. Many cakes are from years past; a Dover Cake from the 1700's that will show you what cakes were like then. Other cakes from the past are some such as; Icebox Cakes, Tomato soup Cake, the traditional Smith Island Cake - history is given. There are also related recipes such as Rice Krispies Treats, and variations on pancakes.
There are lots of colorful pictures, almost one for every recipe, so many that it's almost a coffee table book. The print is very large and lists are divided into sections such as dry, wet, creaming, for serving, etc.
The cover has a cut out of the United States, one problem with this is that it catches on things, my Lake Michigan is already fraying.
Most of the cakes are not ordinary everyday cakes, they are not that hard to make; but they are mostly rich more for adults than children.
What turned me off, within 10 minutes of opening the book was on pg 136 "Whole Egg Buttercream" looking at it, it is simply a French Buttercream. Not sure why the author wouldn't just call it that. But in the recipe itself it states "Time everything so that the sugar syrup reaches 250 degrees F at about the same time the egg whites form stiff peaks". Really? and just how is someone who has never, or very rarely made, French Buttercream supposed to time this? No indication here. I closed the book and couldn't be bothered reading any more.
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We have a cake thing going on in our family and loved the United Cakes of America recipes!Published on August 19, 2014 by A. Bowthorpe
I plan on making every cake in the book and blog about it to my friends and family during the summer.Published on June 21, 2014 by Linda Garcia
Love the cookbook, nice recipes for homemade cakes. Will buy more books from you in the future. Thank you for your services. GOD BLESS...Published on March 17, 2014 by beverly
Great book with great recipe's. I look forward to preparing most if not all of them. I especially love that the author does not try to cut calories with his recipe's. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Edie
Book sent fast! A wonderful book on many different styles of American cakes. I enjoy the font, easy to use recipes and the pretty photos. I can't wait to start baking!Published on August 7, 2013 by lisa
I liked this book. contains recipes from all over the US and their origins. Haven't used any of the recipes yet, but I plan to soo.Published on May 30, 2013 by sexymamadonna
I've got both of Brown's books, and he's got some great stuff going on. I've made a few recipes from this one. Read morePublished on April 16, 2011 by Derrick Dodson
great book. have tried several recipes. have a husband and 4 adult children and spouses and 6 grand children to test cakes. 99% approval.Published on February 24, 2011 by baker suzie