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Sep 25, 2011 07:16 AM

Most talked about/highest rated epicurious desserts?

Can we make a list of the most popular (lots of ratings, high % would make again) desserts on epicurious? Their sort by rating system is terrible.

Things like the double layer chocolate cake

Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread

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    1. re: Antilope

      The problem with that, just as with the "sort by rating" system is that lots of these recipes only have a few reviews, so the fact that it's 4 forks isn't very meaningful.

      1. re: flzhang

        As far as I know, Google (and epicurious search) don't have Greater Than or Less Than functions. You can searh for a specific number of reviews (such as 99):

        1. re: Antilope

          I've found that you can search within a range on Google.

          This should allow us to search for recipes with a lot of reviews.

          Example: Search for chocolate on epicurious with between
          200 and 1000 reviews:

          Enter this search string in Google:
          "200...1500 reviews" chocolate

          or to search for all recipes on epicurious that have between 500 and 1000 reviews:

          Enter this search string in Google:
          "500...1000 reviews"

          1. re: Antilope

            So to put it all together: To search epicurious for desserts with between 100 and 2000 reviews enter this search string into Google: (It's not perfect, it captures some recipes that are not desserts, but it does reveal desserts with a lot of reviews. ) It also appears that recipes with a lot of reviews tend to have high ratings.

            "100...2000 reviews" "desserts"


            1. re: Antilope

              wow that's awesome... didn't know you could do that. Thanks!

        1. I believe EPI has a list of their hall of fame recipes...Best Cake...Best Chicken, Best Fish...etc...for example, if you look at the Double Chocolate recipe, it has a blue ribbon to the left of the name of the this what you mean, flzhang?

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          1. re: Val

            Yeah I've seen that list, but it's limited to 15 in each category, and there are way more good recipes on epicurious than that

            1. re: flzhang

              yes, I 'get' you...the list I was talking about was created by EPI...but YOU might mean the recipes that have garnered the most positive reviews by readers.

            1. Here's one of my all-time best cakes from epicurious -- Almond Pralinhe Cake with Mascarpone Frosting and Chocolate Bark. Really dramatic looking and sensational flavor. It's a little involved but all the steps except the mascapone frosting could be done a day ahead. Truly great:


              And here's another one that's simpler and more of an everyday cake but with fantastic flavor. The recipe calls for blueberries and raspberries but I've done it with different fruit combinations. It also calls for a 9 by 13 pan but I've used a 9 inch deep cake pan. More formal than a coffee cake but not a fine-grained cake either. Also really good:


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              1. re: karykat

                Karykat, not picking, but just wanted to clarify for other posters that I believe you mean 9 inch round cake pan, "deep", as in 3 inches or more as a sub for a 9 x 13 pan? A 9 x 3 inch pan would hold the batter for a 9 x 13 pan. I took me back a second when I read "9 inch deep cake pan." ;-)

                These are my favs, aside from a few already mentioned above, recipes I've made at least twice, and will continue to do so:






                As far as ratings are concerned, I glance at the fork rating and prefer more than less, but that can be meaningless, depending on the number of reviews. I occasionally read a few reviews, certainly not 99, but it's more about the recipe striking me as good, great, a must try, then I decide if I make it, and make it again.

                1. re: bushwickgirl

                  Yes, I meant a 9-inch diameter cake pan that is 3 inches deep.