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favourite cake books?

LukesBride May 17, 2010 07:35 AM

I'm kind of obsessed with cake.

I want to know, what are your favourite books about cake?

Recipe books, cake design books, books that just have great pictures or unique ideas.... what is YOUR favourite cake book?

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  1. Indirect Heat RE: LukesBride May 17, 2010 09:29 AM

    The Cake Bible and Rose's Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum are both excellent.

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      housewolf RE: LukesBride May 17, 2010 03:53 PM

      I'll second Indirect Heat's picks - RLB's "Cake Bible" and "Heavenly Cakes".

      BTW, if you get your hands on a copy of "Heavenly Cakes", be sure to try Rose's "Whipping Cream Cake" with some really good whipping cream - it's out of this world!

      Many libraries have these books if you want to check them out before buying.

      1. jeniyo RE: LukesBride May 17, 2010 04:30 PM

        i third the RLB books.

        I've made several cakes from Flo Braker and they are very good also.

        1. souschef RE: LukesBride May 17, 2010 05:06 PM

          Aye to the RLB books.

          Alice Medrich's books as well....Cocolat, Bittersweet, etc

          "Finest Desserts" by Michel Roux.

          "Chocolate Desserts" by Pierre Herme

          1. chowser RE: LukesBride May 17, 2010 05:16 PM

            If you love the geeky details, I agree w/ RLB's Cake Bible. If you want nice recipes w/ great pictures, Heavenly Cakes. Although not a cake book, I also like Shirley Corriher's Bakewise.

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              souschef RE: chowser May 18, 2010 05:13 AM

              I guess I'm a true geek - my copy of The Cake Bible has been used so much (more than any other book I have) that it is falling apart. Anyone know where I can get the binding redone ?

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                chowser RE: souschef May 18, 2010 07:36 AM

                Every time I read it, I learn something new. Maybe that speaks more to my memory these days... Good luck getting it rebound. My copy is headed that way.

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                  Indirect Heat RE: souschef May 18, 2010 01:33 PM

                  Heh, I have cake batter splattered on the pages. It's been heavily used.

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                  Kelli2006 RE: chowser May 18, 2010 07:22 PM

                  I like RLB's cake bible and Shirley's tome, but I also like Bo Fribergs and Wayne Gisslen's baking texts.

                3. JoanN RE: LukesBride May 18, 2010 06:00 AM

                  James Beard said of Paula Peck’s “The Art of Fine Baking,” “In my opinion, this book is as complete a treatise on the art of baking as you will find in the English language.”

                  Okay. That was written nearly 50 years ago. But I think there are many who would agree that it still holds true. The book is about more than just cakes and it has no photos. But this was the book that not only taught me how to bake, but taught me that once you understand the components, you can make any cake you want: This base, that filling, another frosting or glaze, some other garnish and voila—your own creation. It was freedom incarnate. Over the years I’d gone through two paperback copies of the book and was just thrilled a few years back to find an almost new hardbound at a library sale.

                  You can find used copies on Amazon.com for a buck. How can you go wrong?


                  1. alexthepink RE: LukesBride May 18, 2010 11:30 AM

                    I really like Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes by Alisa Huntsman and Peter Wynne. The chocolate gingerbread cake with bittersweet chocolate frosting always goes down a storm and the other cakes I've tried have also been very successful (despite me converting to UK measures). They're not simple cakes, but great for special occasions.

                    I also really like Claire Clark's dessert book, Indulge. Not a cake book per se, but great for the more advanced baker with a sweet tooth!

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                      chowser RE: alexthepink May 18, 2010 11:49 AM

                      I think Sky High is a great book for someone who just wants to follow recipes. It doesn't get into the geeky details but has mouthwatering recipes, as is.

                    2. souschef RE: LukesBride May 18, 2010 01:17 PM

                      One book I have never seen mentioned on CH is "The Chocolate Bible" by Christian Teubner. I have made a few things from it, and quite like it.

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                        LukesBride RE: souschef May 18, 2010 08:29 PM

                        I bought this one for a chocolate loving friend for her birthday...i wonder if it would be rude to ask to borrow it! lol.

                      2. Chocolatechipkt RE: LukesBride May 18, 2010 05:54 PM

                        In addition to RLB and Alice Medrich, Marcel Desaulnier's Death by Chocolate (and Death by Chocolate Cake) is fabulous. Even if you don't make the cakes as is--and most are involved--the recipes and ideas individually are great, as are just the pictures to drool on.



                        1. souschef RE: LukesBride May 18, 2010 07:12 PM

                          Strictly speaking it's not a cake book, but I like "Dessert Circus" by Jacques Torres. Nice pictures, but I have yet to make something from it.

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                            chowser RE: souschef May 19, 2010 03:46 AM

                            Nice techniques, fun read, recipes look great, I love Jacques Torres...and I've yet to make something from it, either.:-)

                          2. roxlet RE: LukesBride May 18, 2010 11:10 PM

                            RLB's books for sure, but I also have a little paperback that I love called "Southern Cakes." It has multiple recipes for coconut cake as well as strawberry cake. It's a little gem.

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