Piece of Cake!

Piece of Cake!

One-bowl, No-fuss, From-scratch Cakes

Book - 2011
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One-bowl cakes are the forgotten gems in the world of home baking.

Many home bakers believe there are only two options for making cakes at home: 1) commercial cake mixes, or 2) complicated, multi-step recipes developed by professional chefs. But there's another way: one-bowl cakes are all-natural, quick and easy to prepare.

They're as much about what isn't required as what is:

you don't need multiple bowls you will not need to cream the fat (e.g., butter, shortening or oil) with the sugar you will not need to separate the eggs you will not need to alternately add ingredients while simultaneously mixing you will not need to use cake flour or any other fancy flour you will not need to sift flour you do not need to own or use a heavy-duty stand mixer.

You'll be able to create a multitude of cakes everyone loves to eat, from classic layer cakes and Bundt cakes to old-fashioned cakes and modern innovations. The ever-popular lay-flat concealed wire-o hardcover binding, with full color throughout, makes this book even more convenient.

In addition to the cake recipes, there are over 50 recipes for icings, glazes, syrups and sauces.

Publisher: Toronto : Robert Rose, c2011
ISBN: 9780778802778
Branch Call Number: ANF 641.8653 SAU
Characteristics: 288 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm


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Oct 10, 2017

This book caught my eye because the less cleanup to do after preparing a cake the happier I am. This book is full of pretty good-looking cakes, and the one I tried - Salted Peanut caramel chocolate cake - turned out perfectly. Saulsbury goes into great detail about what soft butter is, as opposed to melted, the fluff and scoop method of measuring dry ingredients, and the variations on mixing (beaten, stirred, blended, creamed, etc.) She also gives us a couple of recipes for our own cake mix to have on hand. My only quibble is about the inclusion of sour cream, cream, plain yogurt in less than full container amounts in some of the recipes. She claims all the ingredients in her recipes are common in our pantry, but my pantry includes only 1% milk and flavoured yogurt. I guess there might be a little less whim and a bit more planning for some of these cakes, or maybe she means I should make two instead of only one.

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