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The Cake Bible (1988)

by Rose Levy Beranbaum

Other authors: Dean Bornstein (Illustrator), Maria D. Guarnaschelli (Editor), Maida Heatter (Foreword), Vincent Lee (Photographer), Richard Oriolo (Designer)

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An IACP Culinary Classics Hall of Fame book * Winner of the James Beard award  "If you ever bake a cake, this book will become your partner in the kitchen." --Maida Heatter  This is the classic cake cookbook that enables anyone to make delicious, exquisite cakes. As a writer for food magazines, women's magazines, and newspapers, including The New York Times, Rose Levy Beranbaum's trademark is her ability to reduce the most complex techniques to easy-to-follow recipes. Rose makes baking a joy. This is the definitive work on cakes by the country's top cake baker. The Cake Bible shows how to: Mix a buttery, tender layer cake in under five minutes with perfect results every time Make the most fabulous chocolate cake you ever imagined with just three ingredients Find recipes for every major type of cake, from pancakes to four-tiered wedding cakes Make cakes with less sugar but maximum flavor and texture Make many low- to no- cholesterol, low-saturated-fat recipes… (more)
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    A Piece of Cake by Susan Gold Purdy (nyccakedecorators)
    nyccakedecorators: This is truly a must have book that has been part of my collection for years. Favorite recipes are the basic sponge and buttercream frosting.
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    Cake : a global history by Nicola Humble (rodneyvc)
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This truly is a cake 'bible', the ultimate resource for bakers. Just about any cake you could hope to make is covered here and some of the science behind it, too. Rose has made me a believer in weighing ingredients rather than just measuring. I give it only four stars for two reasons: one, the directions are clear and precise, but if you stray from them at all, disaster follows. These are not forgiving recipes. So you really have to be on your toes. Second, there are not enough pictures. But despite these two things, I highly recommend this book. ( )
  tiasreads | Dec 11, 2019 |
Part 1 of the cookbook contains recipes that range from easy to difficult within several categories. The categories are recipes using all egg yolks, recipes using all egg whites, recipes with no cholesterol, cakes better made ahead, cakes for Passover, and quick to mix cakes. Part 2 has recipes for frostings, fillings, icings and embellishments. Part 3 discusses ingrediants distributors and Part 4 is for cake professionals as it discusses wedding cakes.

I found my favorite yellow cake recipe in The Cake Bible. It is called the All Occasion Downey Yellow Butter Cake on page 39 and I love using the Classic Lemon Buttercream Frosting on page 234. I have tried several cake recipes and loved most of them. Rose uses unsalted butter exclusively. If you have ever tried to leave it on the counter to soften you know it takes most of the day. Then you are too tired to bake. Ingrediant measurements are given in both pounds and kilograms so both Americans and Europeans can use the book.

Rose has written anecdotes before each recipe which makes you feel like she is talking to you personally. If you are not a baker but like to read cookbooks, The Cake Bible will keep you reading because her writing style is so personable. The science surrounding baking is also discussed in the book. You will feel like a graduate of a cooking school when you finish it. The Cake Bible is a treatise on cake baking that all bakers should have in their library . . . And the cakes aren't bad either! ( )
  Violette62 | Mar 20, 2010 |
If you ever want to make a really great cheesecake, or chocolate cake, or just plain ol' cake - visit Rose! ( )
  dianaleez | Feb 17, 2009 |
Obsessive cooks and bakers will love this one. Ms. Beranbaum gives explicit directions including weighing ingredients; her decorating skills match her baking skills. The rest of us can dream over the beautiful photos of cakes. ( )
  auntieknickers | Dec 28, 2007 |
Honestly, I never really understand why some people don't want all the information that Ms. Beranbaum imparts along the way. What becomes true is that as one learns WHY stuff happens with cakes, one begins to have a freer hand baking them and inventing on one's own. This book is the next best thing to taking a pastry class at a culinary college ( )
1 vote mcglothlen | Apr 25, 2007 |
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Guarnaschelli, Maria D.Editorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Heatter, MaidaForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, VincentPhotographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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An IACP Culinary Classics Hall of Fame book * Winner of the James Beard award  "If you ever bake a cake, this book will become your partner in the kitchen." --Maida Heatter  This is the classic cake cookbook that enables anyone to make delicious, exquisite cakes. As a writer for food magazines, women's magazines, and newspapers, including The New York Times, Rose Levy Beranbaum's trademark is her ability to reduce the most complex techniques to easy-to-follow recipes. Rose makes baking a joy. This is the definitive work on cakes by the country's top cake baker. The Cake Bible shows how to: Mix a buttery, tender layer cake in under five minutes with perfect results every time Make the most fabulous chocolate cake you ever imagined with just three ingredients Find recipes for every major type of cake, from pancakes to four-tiered wedding cakes Make cakes with less sugar but maximum flavor and texture Make many low- to no- cholesterol, low-saturated-fat recipes

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This is the classic cake cookbook that enables anyone to make delicious, exquisite cakes. As a writer for food magazines, women's magazines, and newspapers, including The New York Times, Rose Levy Beranbaum's trademark is her ability to reduce the most complex techniques to easy-to-follow recipes. Rose makes baking a joy. This is the definitive work on cakes by the country's top cake baker.
    The Cake Bible shows how to:
  • Mix a buttery, tender layer cake in under five minutes with perfect results every time
  • Make the most fabulous chocolate cake you ever imagined with just three ingredients
  • Find recipes for every major type of cake, from pancakes to four-tiered wedding cakes
  • Make cakes with less sugar but maximum flavor and texture
  • Make many low- to no- cholesterol, low-saturated-fat recipes
This book enables anyone to make delicious, exquisite cakes while eliminating the usual hocus-pocus surrounding baking.

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