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Cakes have always been associated with celebrations. We have birthday cakes, baptismal cakes, wedding cakes, anniversary cakes, and other celebration cakes. Oftentimes, we find ourselves celebrating smaller occasions with cakes, too. We find ourselves with a cake on hand for family reunions or promotions and there are times when we have cakes just because. You can always find joy in a chocolate cake, vanilla cake, red velvet cake, mocha cake, or no matter what type of flavor your cake is. No joyous occasion would ever be complete without a cake. Birthdays become more memorable when you get to blow your candle and make a wish.
However, cakes can be expensive if consumed frequently. This is why you have the option to bake a cake at home. Armed with an oven, baking tools, your ingredients, and the best cake cookbook, you can make the perfect cake that is fresher and (hopefully) tastier than your usual store-bought cake. Your home will smell like a bakery in no time.
However, with several cake cookbooks on the market today, how would you know which one to pick? When choosing a cake cookbook it is important to consider your baking skills. If you are new to baking, it is important to start with easier recipes with ingredients that are easy to find. On the contrary, there are cake cookbooks that are more fitting for expert bakers due to the techniques that need to be applied when baking the recipes found in the cookbook.
We compiled and reviewed five cake cookbooks. Read on to find out how each of these cake cookbooks differs from each other.
The Cake Mix Doctor
In the age of Pinterest, we can easily find recipes that can help us improve cake mix recipes. Cake mix recipes are convenient and cheap, but the flavor always seems lacking. This is why the Cake Mix Doctor by Anne Byrn is the perfect cake cookbook for the cake mix fanatic in you. No one will ever suspect that you made the cake from a box. The trick in improving the flavor and texture of your cake mix is by adding a surprise ingredient. Your cake mix will be taken to a whole new level by adding ingredients like poppy seeds, vanilla yogurt, sherry, and grated lemon zest. You can even expect liquids like cola to be thrown into the mix. With the ability to turn a cake mix into your own, you can make a Charleston Poppy Seed Cake, Toaster Coconut Sour Cream Cake, Devilishly Good Chocolate Cake, Caramel Cake or a Holiday Yule Log. You can also create cheesecakes, coffee cakes, sheet cakes, pound cakes, bars, and. Brownies. The Cake Mix Doctor did not forget to add frosting recipes so you can impress your guest even more. No one will ever suspect that the cake you make was not made from scratch as the flavors of the cake provide a different complexity that is alien to cake mixes.
The Cake Bible
Cakes are not exactly known to be a great indulgence for those who want to lose weight. However, the Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum provides an option for those who wish to lessen their sugar intake. Despite being written in 1988, the recipes on this cake cookbook are still as relevant to those who want to learn how to bake. You have the option to learn how to make the simplest cake like a pancake to a more complex cake like wedding cakes. You also have the option to make a chocolate cake that only uses three ingredients, which can be a relief for those who are on a budget. There is also a recipe that allows you to make a layer cake in less than five minutes, which caters to those who are always in a rush. Diet-conscious cake lovers can indulge in a recipe that uses less sugar or low saturated fat. There are also recipes for people who are watching their cholesterol intake.
Martha Stewart’s Cakes: Our First-Ever Book of Bundts, Loaves, Layers, Coffee Cakes, and more
If you want variety when it comes to your favorite pastries, THE Martha Stewart has created a book that includes recipes for a birthday cake, chocolate cake, coffee cake, Bundt, upside-down cake, loaves, and so much more. There are over 150 recipes in this cake cookbook, so there is never a shortage of cake for your home. This cookbook also includes photos that can show baking techniques, decorating tips, and gifting inspirations. It makes this cookbook very usable for a variety of occasion. Some of the recipes included in this cake cookbook are the pound cake, angel food cake, genoise cake, and the streusel-topped cake. There are also different types of cake like red velvet, six-layer coconut, rich chocolate, lemon meringue, cheesecake, chiffon cakes and fruit tarts. On top of that, there are also recipes for German Chocolate, New York-Style Cheesecake, Baked Alaska, Hummingbird, Pecan Torte with Lemon Curd, and Saffron-Scented Pear Upside-Down Cake. You can even learn how to make the accompanying cake frosting for your recipe. With this recipe book, it feels as though Martha Stewart is baking you a cake at the comfort of your home.
The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook: Old-Fashioned Recipes From New York’s Sweetest Bakery
Another recipe cookbook that we thoroughly enjoy is The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook: Old-Fashioned Recipes From New York’s Sweetest Bakery. This cake cookbook has been crafted by baking wizards and the owner of Magnolia Bakery. Jennifer Appel and Allysa Torey share the secret to why the corner of Bleecker and Eleventh Streets in Greenwich Village has attracted a long list of customers. While we cannot be Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda, we can gather our own set of friends and have a cake party that is reminiscent of what the SATC girls eat on a regular basis. Some of the recipes that we can replicate are the Lemon Vanilla Bundt Cake, Apple Walnut Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Icing, and Coconut Layer Cake. We can also try to make the Dried-Cherry Crumb Buns to classic Iced Molasses Cookies, Caramel Pecan Brownies, Raspberry Marzipan Cheesecake, and the Lemon Icebox Pie. You will soon find out that these recipes are easy to bake and you do not need to brave the line of the actual Magnolia Bakery. (However, nothing sure does beat the feeling of having a Carrie in the actual store.) Appel and Torrey have also added tips on how to frost your cake, make a flaky crust, and bake the creamiest cheesecake.
Cake My Day!: Easy, Eye-Popping Designs for Stunning, Fanciful, and Funny Cakes
The final cake cookbook on this list is a cut above the rest in terms of creativity. Cake My Day!: Easy, Eye-Popping Designs for Stunning, Fanciful, and Funny Cakes by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson is a follow up for the Hello Cupcake! Cookbook. The difference is that they can get bigger in terms of their creativity as a cake is a much larger canvass. They also make use of everyday kitchen items like pans, bowls, and measuring cups to make the perfectly decorated cake. You can find a cake that is perfect for April Fool’s or a cake that can also act as a piñata. On top of that, you can make a cake that is perfect for Easter or a cake that can suit the little Princess in your life. There is also a toaster cake that you can use as a centerpiece for the perfect breakfast party. With this cake cookbook, your creative options will never run short. Tack and Richardson also made sure that you can easily follow the recipes on this cookbook so that you can impress your family and guests. Moreover, the cakes that you will be making are not only pleasing to the eyes, but it will also be able to satisfy your tummy. With cakes likes the ones found in this book, you can be sure that your creations will be the talk of the town.
Cake cookbooks are the solution to your baking woes. Baking is a very specific craft. Unlike cooking, you cannot simply add a pinch of salt in here or a teaspoon of sugar or a cup of water to correct the flavor. In baking, once you have made a mistake, you can just toss it in the trash or beg the birds to eat your scrap.
Each recipe in a cake cookbook allows you to play it safe when it comes to baking so as not to waste your time, effort, and money. You do not have to guess the measurement of your ingredients and you won’t have to rely on your gut when it comes to the baking time of your recipes.
The cake cookbooks in this list can come in a paperback form or you can opt to read it in your Kindle app. This can cater to the old-fashioned reader in you or you can keep up with modern times.
We hope this review has helped you in finding the best cake cookbook for your home.