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BabyCakes: Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York's Most Talked-About Bakery

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20 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

Set aside some time, money, and patience when you buy this cookbook...

I hate to be the one to rain on the Babycakes-is-so-great parade, because I still have high hopes for my relationship with these recipes, but I think that a few suggestions based on my own experiences could help future buyers of this book:

1. The book says that you ...
I hate to be the one to rain on the Babycakes-is-so-great parade, because I still have high hopes for my relationship with these recipes, but I think that a few suggestions based on my own experiences could help future buyers of this book:

1. The book says that you need to follow the instructions to the letter. Yes, that's true. Unfortunately, some instructions are wrong or missing. Advice on working with coconut oil was a very frustrating omission. The coconut oil needs to be the extra-virgin variety, which isn't mentioned anywhere, and needs to be in its liquid state at all times. This can be tricky when working with cold ingredients (like applesauce and rice milk just out of the fridge). It takes some practice to get it right. Heating up all of the liquid ingredients to 90 degrees or so before mixing is the best way I've found. Also, if you don't want your frosting to taste as much like coconut, try using regular coconut oil in place of half of the extra-virgin.

2. The recipes are wrong in places. Compare the vanilla frosting recipe to the chocolate frosting recipe, for example. Both should have soy milk of 3/4 cup, and coconut oil of 1 1/2 cups. The bananas in the banana bread should be 1 1/2 cups, NOT 6 bananas. The lemon poppy teacake lists tablespoons of baking powder where it should be teaspoons. There are various other errors similar to these that I have read about online but not tested yet for myself.

3. Baking times for the teacakes seem to be off. Use an oven thermometer to verify the correct baking temperature (my oven's temp jumps around spontaneously), and leave the cakes in the oven until they are golden brown, regardless of how long it may take. Do not attempt to bake at a higher temperature to offset strange cooking times. I'm going to try baking my teacakes in a muffin tin or mini loaf pans next time to see if that works better.

4. Check your baking powder. If it's not fresh, your recipes will be awful. If it's been open for more than six months, do yourself a favor and buy a new can.

5. Don't give up! My first chocolate cupcakes were fallen, but still completely delicious. My first corn bread attempt more closely resembled a gummy rock than a tasty treat. Before I realized the errors in the frosting recipes, I trashed two batches, which was not an inexpensive mistake, given the price of the coconut oil involved. My first try at the lemon poppy teacake resulted in a perfectly golden-brown loaf surrounding a runny, uncooked center. The chocolate chip cookies, though, were darned good. Everything got better from there.

For me, a person with allergies to gluten, eggs, dairy, yeast, cane sugar, and agave (I substitute granulated fructose), the sweet treats in this cookbook are the closest thing I've had to baked treats in a really long time. It's worth it to me, and to my gluten-free daughter, to get the recipes to work. I can see the potential here - the ingredients are quite expensive, but the flavors are fabulous. I hope that a second version of the book will be forthcoming, hopefully with better-tested recipes that are closer to those actually used at the Babycakes bakery locations.

posted by 1763433 on August 16, 2009

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11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

please don't waste your money on this one ...

i am an avid baker and feel very comfortable around the kitchen ... i am vegan and have tried many vegan cook books .. unfortunately this is one i wish i had not spent money on ... 1. recipies for cupcakes are for a batch of 24, way too many to eat, especially given, th...
i am an avid baker and feel very comfortable around the kitchen ... i am vegan and have tried many vegan cook books .. unfortunately this is one i wish i had not spent money on ... 1. recipies for cupcakes are for a batch of 24, way too many to eat, especially given, they go stale by day two; 2. with all the accolades it includes from celebrities and chefs i thought it was going to be good, but it is not, the food tastes like pasty, dry health food; 3. ingredients are not your everyday ingredients, even in a vegetarian household, they were pricey and even with my baking experience only one out of three recipies was worthy to keep out of the trash can, and it was stale by the next day ... sorry to say my expectations were high and remained unmet ...

posted by 557345 on July 25, 2009

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Midas Touch

    This cookbook requires the diligence and experience of a seasoned baker. Many of the special ingredients will not be found at your local grocery store. Be prepared to shop around. That said, I would not recommend this cookbook to an amateur baker. I have tried just a few recipes from this cookbook and found the hunt for special ingredients to be time consuming. Warning! The instructions must be followed exactly as written. There can be no eye-balling of measurement with these intricate recipes. If you do not follow instructions to the letter, you will deprive yourself of the pleasing end product. Are you up for a challenge? The Midas touch can be earned with practice.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Beautiful Book, okay recipes... disappointed!

    When I saw this book at my local B&N I got really excited. It looked amazing, but I couldn't buy it that day because it was out of my budget. It seemed a little expensive for such a small cookbook, but I thought I would save for it and get it online. So I waited and waited and when it came in the mail I was so excited. I made the chocolate cupcakes which were pretty okay for being gluten free and vegan. I next made the chocolate frosting, which was really hard, and there were some tricks to it that I had to experiment with it. Anyways, it just never looked as good as the picture, and didn't taste very good either. I made the blueberry muffins which were eatable but not gluten free, which is explained on the cover that this book has mostly-gluten free. They were vegan which is the only thing I am concerned about. They were eatable, but not as good as other vegan recipes I have tried. The zucchini muffins were uneatable and kinda gross. The number one thing that turns me off to this book is how expensive it is to bake these recipes. The ingredient in this cookbook are hard to find and very very expensive. Anyways, all in all I was pretty disappointed. If you want good vegan baking there are better recipes out there that have less expensive ingredient. I would like to try more recipes in the cookbook, but I can't afford to.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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