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Aug 31, 2013 10:29 PM

6 inch cake book

Hey everybody!
This is kind of a strange question, but a while ago i was looking at some books on Amazon and saw a book that somewhere in the beginning [it could be in the beginning of the "cakes" section, or the beginning of the book, if it's a book about cakes- I don't remember] the author writes that the cakes in the book work as 6 inch cakes, but you could multiply them and bake as 9 inch.
It's a book by one of the essential, classic, famous authors like Maida Heatter or Flo Brake [though I don't think it's one of them]. I remember really liking the book, from what I've seen, and now that I want to buy it I can't find it. [It's not that I want to buy it just because of the fact that it's a small scale cake recipes, but that's what I remember from the book].

Does the description above remind anybody of that book?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Can't edit my message- but I think it IS Flo Braker. Does anybody have "baking for all occasions"? I would love for a confirmation!

    Thanks again

    1. Hi McBrownie,

      I have Baking for All Occasions and I don't think it's the book you are referring to. There is no specific cake section (instead, the chapters have titles like "Blue Ribbon Worthy" and "Crowd Pleasing Favorites"). I did check two cake recipes in the book and both called for larger size cake pans than 6". One required a 10 inch pan and the other two 9 inch pans.

      Could you be thinking of Braker's Sweet Miniatures? I have no idea if Sweet Miniatures even has cake recipes---this is a wild guess on my part. But here's a link if you want to take a look-see:

      Good luck.

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      1. re: soccermom13

        Thank you!
        Sweet Miniatures is actually that's one of the first books I checked, but no, it's no the one. Thanks for checking BFAO, too!

      2. Miette .. Could this be the one you're looking for?

        There were mistakes in first edition that were corrected later.
        I've made the Tomboy cake on the cover.

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        1. re: walker

          Thanks- but no, it's not Miette..
          [Actually, I've made it too- several times, at least the version in Rose Levy Beranbaum's latest book. Delish!]

        2. Not in Flo Braker's "The Simple Art of Perfect Baking" either. But I did find a note in Maida Heatter's "Book of Great American Desserts" that might be of interest to you.

          She says that in her first book there are many recipes that call for a 9" tube pan, a pan carried by nearly every hardware store (she says) at the time. But soon after the book was published, the manufacturer stopped making that pan and now most tube pans are at least 10 inches in diameter. Could it be that she mentions something similar in another of her books and that is what you are recalling?

          A six-inch diameter is awfully small for a cake. I really can't imagine that any authority of the past 50+ years would be using that as a standard and forcing you to scale ingredients up to make the more common nine-inch cake.

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          1. re: JoanN

            It could be Maida. I tried looking in a few of her books but could not find that "statement" i'm looking for.

            yes, a six inch cake is quite small, but if I recall correctly- It had alot of layer cake, so a 3-layer 6-inch cake is not that small [and perfect for small gatherings!].
            While I do believe the author is already an established one, I don't think the book itself was published a long time ago, probably this decade, which was why that book intrigued me in the first place.
            Then again, I may very well be wrong :\

            Thanks for checking!
            Ooh, I just remembered that there is a cake in Maida's "Book of Great Chocolate Desserts" which is a 6 inch, but the vast majority of the book isn't.
            I think we can also rule out Linda Collister and Elinor Klivans..

            1. re: McBrownie

              In Rose Levy Berenbaum's "The Cake Bible" there's a section called "How to Make Any Size Round Butter Cake from 6-Inches to 18-Inches." in the chapter "Foolproof Formulas and Techniques for Making Large Wedding and Special Occasion Cakes." Might that be it?

              ETA: Oops. I see I was typing while you were posting that this isn't it either.

              1. re: JoanN

                No :\
                Well, maybe I wasn't making myself clear, but the book I'm searching is not about making small cakes. It's just that at the beginning of the book [or the section about cakes, I don't remember], the author writes all that stuff about 6 inch cakes, and that's the only thing I really remember about it..

          2. Probably a wrong guess, but your question made me think of Rose Beranbaum. Martha Stewart I'd think of as making specialty sizes too.

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            1. re: BangorDin

              Although Rose has very specific instructions on scaling cakes in "The Cake Bible" and "Rose's Heavenly Cakes", she is not the one I was searching for..
              Ditto Martha- although I do vaguely recall seeing a 6 inch banana/rum/butterscotch/all of the above- layer cake in her baking handbook!