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The Cake Mix Doctor

by Anne Byrn

Other authors: Anthony Loew (Photographer)

Series: Cake Mix Doctor (book 1)

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The Cake Mix Doctor is in! And the prescription is simple: By doctoring up packaged cake mix with just the right extras--a touch of sweet butter here, cocoa powder there, or poppy seeds, vanilla yogurt, sherry, eggs, and grated lemon zest for the Charleston Poppy Seed Cake--even the least experienced baker can turn out luscious signature desserts, time after time. The proof is in the taste, and the taste never stops--from Toasted Coconut Sour Cream Cake to Devilishly Good Chocolate Cake; from a to-die-for Caramel Cake and a Holiday Yule Log to cheesecakes, coffee cakes, sheet cakes, pound cakes, bars, brownies, and those all-important frostings, here are 175 fast, foolproof recipes that will transform the art of home baking in America. Who could believe these cakes came out of a box? Moist, tender, rich, deep, and complexly flavored, without a hint of artificiality, each cake stand up and delivers. But without any of the fuss of baking from scratch. Anne Byrn, an award-wining food writer and self-described purist, creates recipes that employ a cake mix's strengths---convenience, ease-of-use, dependability, and almost imperviousness to overbeating, underbeating, overbaking, and underbaking. In addition to the recipes are the Cake Mix Doctor's Q&A's, extensive "Doctor Says" tips, lists--15 Beautiful Birthday Cakes, 15 Cakes That Will Cash in at a Bake Sale--and more, all illustrated in a full-color photographic insert.… (more)
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Recipes for desserts starting with cake mixes.
  BLTSbraille | Sep 7, 2021 |
The Perfect Cake Book for bakers with limited time and a love of rich, moist cakes.

The recipes are quick and easy with very few ingredients (a huge plus for those with a limited income). Each cake is made using cake mix (ex. Duncan Hines) and adding simple ingredients to create a delicious cake. The directions are concise and easy to understand, a great book for any baker who wants delicious cakes with very little effort. The front of the book contains a cake glossary with colorful/glossy pictures of each cake and the name/page # for the recipe (it's like choosing from a bakery window).

The cakes are always rich and incredibly moist; costing far less to make than making a cake from scratch. I've baked multiple cakes from this book and have always received glowing praise and requests for the recipes. I only own two dessert books and they are both books from this series.

The book is also filled with extras and stories which give bakers tips and background information about what goes into making cakes (reasons for adding pudding, effects of baking using different pans, ect). ( )
  AyaF | Jul 10, 2014 |
Who doesn't love cake! ( )
  CharityBradford | Apr 1, 2014 |
Who doesn't love cake! ( )
  CharityBradford | Apr 1, 2014 |
If you want to impress somebody with your cooking/baking skills, get this book. Or if you want to take a boring, generic cake mix and mix it up, get this book. It has lots of ideas on how to take a cake mix and make it unique. ( )
  06nwingert | Feb 27, 2009 |
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The Cake Mix Doctor is in! And the prescription is simple: By doctoring up packaged cake mix with just the right extras--a touch of sweet butter here, cocoa powder there, or poppy seeds, vanilla yogurt, sherry, eggs, and grated lemon zest for the Charleston Poppy Seed Cake--even the least experienced baker can turn out luscious signature desserts, time after time. The proof is in the taste, and the taste never stops--from Toasted Coconut Sour Cream Cake to Devilishly Good Chocolate Cake; from a to-die-for Caramel Cake and a Holiday Yule Log to cheesecakes, coffee cakes, sheet cakes, pound cakes, bars, brownies, and those all-important frostings, here are 175 fast, foolproof recipes that will transform the art of home baking in America. Who could believe these cakes came out of a box? Moist, tender, rich, deep, and complexly flavored, without a hint of artificiality, each cake stand up and delivers. But without any of the fuss of baking from scratch. Anne Byrn, an award-wining food writer and self-described purist, creates recipes that employ a cake mix's strengths---convenience, ease-of-use, dependability, and almost imperviousness to overbeating, underbeating, overbaking, and underbaking. In addition to the recipes are the Cake Mix Doctor's Q&A's, extensive "Doctor Says" tips, lists--15 Beautiful Birthday Cakes, 15 Cakes That Will Cash in at a Bake Sale--and more, all illustrated in a full-color photographic insert.

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