Complete Cake Mix Magic

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The 300 best cake mix recipes, in a new concealed wiro format!

Cake Mix Magic and Cake Mix Magic 2 have sold a total of 300,000 copies and still continue to sell. The books' winning recipes transform a basic cake mix into a great cake that tastes homemade, simply by adding a few readily available ingredients.

Complete Cake Mix Magic combines these two original cookbooks with ...

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Overview

The 300 best cake mix recipes, in a new concealed wiro format!

Cake Mix Magic and Cake Mix Magic 2 have sold a total of 300,000 copies and still continue to sell. The books' winning recipes transform a basic cake mix into a great cake that tastes homemade, simply by adding a few readily available ingredients.

Complete Cake Mix Magic combines these two original cookbooks with 30 new recipes, and is now full color throughout.

Here is a selection of the great cakes:

  • Single-Layer Cakes: Apple Crisp Cake, Triple Lemon Cake, Chocolate Strawberry Cream Cake
  • Multi-Layer Cakes: Black Forest Cake, Apricot Hazelnut Cake, Mocha Toffee Cake
  • Tube and Bundt Cakes: Chocolate Macaroon Ring Cake,
    Butterscotch Swirl, Hummingbird Cake
  • Special Occasion Cakes: Choo Choo Train Birthday Cake, Chocolate Yule Log, Pumpkin Pie Squares
  • Cookies: Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Crispy Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Hazelnut Biscotti
  • Bars and Squares: Raspberry Dream Bars, Toffee Chocolate Bars, Cherry Cheesecake Bars
  • Frosting, Fillings and Glazes: Very Peanut Buttery Frosting, Chocolate Ganache, Lemon Butter Cream

These 300 recipes provide results that taste homemade in less than half the time it would take to bake from scratch. Practical tips and techniques throughout the book ensure perfect results every time.

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Editorial Reviews

Trenton Trentonian
Illustrates that no hocus-pocus is required to consistently produce outstanding results with a minimum of time and effort.
Reader Views
I highly recommend Complete Cake Mix Magic -- I promise, you WILL shine!
— Irene Watson
Reader Views - Irene Watson
If you want to shine amongst your friends and family as being the best dessert chef they've ever known this is the book for you. But, of course, you'll have to keep it a secret. By using packaged mixes and adding other ingredients, all of a sudden we can turn an ordinary cake mix into something spectacular. For the purpose of the review we are asked to test three recipes. The first one I tested was Chocolate Zucchini Cake. Using a devil's food cake mix and adding the usual ingredients of eggs, water and oil I also added cinnamon, zucchini, chocolate chips and chopped pecans. Oh my, it was delicious — moist and decadent. The second recipe I tested was Pumpkin Pie Crunch. Using a yellow cake mix and adding pureed pumpkin (from a can,) eggs, and spices made a great base. The crunch was made from chopped pecans and a lot of butter. This made a very good desert and froze very well. The third recipe I tested was Chocolate Raspberry Almond Oat Bars. Using a white cake mix and adding oats and melted butter, I ended up with a crumbly base. The raspberry jam sprinkled with chocolate chips and chopped pecans made a great filling. These freeze well also. I am hooked on using cake mixes as a base for other deserts. It's easy, the ingredients are measured out already, and definitely saves time. I highly recommend Complete Cake Mix Magic — I promise, you WILL shine!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778801252
  • Publisher: Rose, Robert Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/11/2005
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.67 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Snider was the Test Kitchen Manager for a major North American flour maker for 25 years. She is a recipe developer and food stylist and lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Baking Equipment
Know Your Ingredients
Cake Baking Tips and Techniques
Tips for Frosting Layer Cakes
Tips for Finishing Cakes
Tips for Storing and Thawing Cakes
Single-Layer Cakes
46 recipes
Multi-Layer Cakes
39 recipes
Tube and Bundt Cakes
37 recipes
Angel Food Cakes
12 recipes
Cheesecakes
14 recipes
Coffee Cakes
19 recipes
Loaves and Muffins
17 recipes
Cookies
20 recipes
Bars and Squares
26 recipes

Other Desserts
26 recipes
Special-Occasion Desserts
21 recipes
Frostings, Glazes and Other Toppings
Basic Frosting Yields
38 recipes

Acknowledgements
Index

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Preface

Introduction

Cake in some form plays an important role in the ritual of our lives — whether it is a coffee cake in the morning, a teatime treat, a lunchbox sweet, a late-night dessert or a snack at any time during the day. And, of course, a birthday party without cake just wouldn't be a proper celebration. Cake can he as plain and simple or as elegant and decadent as the occasion calls for.

In today's hectic world, there are fewer and fewer hours of free time available to bake. Consequently, people who enjoy baking have an even greater need for shortcuts that don't sacrifice quality. Anyone who bakes from scratch knows two things: baking cakes can he time-consuming and it can produce disappointing results. Although I love to bake from scratch, I'm happy to use any convenience food that saves time and still meets my high standards for quality. I call it speedy scratch baking!

A cake mix is the perfect shortcut solution, because beginning with the best always gets you off to a great start. I always have a cake mix or two and a few other ingredients on hand. It rules out the excuse that you don't have time to bake, and it's a great way to be prepared for the unexpected. Since the ingredients are already measured accurately and are consistently reliable, a mix saves preparation steps, such as measuring, sifting and creaming. Using a cake mix also greatly reduces the number of ingredients required to create a dazzling dessert. You can still add rich and flavorful ingredients, such as eggs, sour cream, butter, nuts, chocolate and fruit, that give cake the distinctive "homemade" taste no bakery cake can match.

Another benefit of cake mixes is their tolerance. Mixes are formulated to withstand minor variations such as overmixing, undermixing, oven temperature variations, measuring utensil discrepancies, different mixers and pans and a variety of added ingredients. The risk of a disaster is greatly reduced; in fact, it is almost a guarantee that you will be proud of your masterpiece. But if, by chance, something goes wrong, don't apologize. My foolproof solution is to serve it warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Everyone will be happy and none the wiser!

In Complete Cake Mix Magic, I've included a selection of cakes that will carry you through every occasion. The recipes are easy to follow and use ingredients you are likely to have on hand or can easily find at your local grocery store. Each chapter offers a wide variety of flavors and ingredients, and I've made suggestions for variations on the cakes and frostings to suit different tastes. I'm sure you'll think of even more combinations. With a little imagination and creativity, the possibilities are endless.

Among the many recipes, I'm sure you'll find a few that will become your favorites. I've tried to include something for every taste and occasion. Use the recipes as a starting point and add your own touches. Most of all — enjoy cake baking — the easy and delicious way!

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Introduction

Introduction

Cake in some form plays an important role in the ritual of our lives -- whether it is a coffee cake in the morning, a teatime treat, a lunchbox sweet, a late-night dessert or a snack at any time during the day. And, of course, a birthday party without cake just wouldn't be a proper celebration. Cake can he as plain and simple or as elegant and decadent as the occasion calls for.

In today's hectic world, there are fewer and fewer hours of free time available to bake. Consequently, people who enjoy baking have an even greater need for shortcuts that don't sacrifice quality. Anyone who bakes from scratch knows two things: baking cakes can he time-consuming and it can produce disappointing results. Although I love to bake from scratch, I'm happy to use any convenience food that saves time and still meets my high standards for quality. I call it speedy scratch baking!

A cake mix is the perfect shortcut solution, because beginning with the best always gets you off to a great start. I always have a cake mix or two and a few other ingredients on hand. It rules out the excuse that you don't have time to bake, and it's a great way to be prepared for the unexpected. Since the ingredients are already measured accurately and are consistently reliable, a mix saves preparation steps, such as measuring, sifting and creaming. Using a cake mix also greatly reduces the number of ingredients required to create a dazzling dessert. You can still add rich and flavorful ingredients, such as eggs, sour cream, butter, nuts, chocolate and fruit, that give cake the distinctive "homemade" taste no bakery cake can match.

Another benefit of cake mixes is their tolerance.Mixes are formulated to withstand minor variations such as overmixing, undermixing, oven temperature variations, measuring utensil discrepancies, different mixers and pans and a variety of added ingredients. The risk of a disaster is greatly reduced; in fact, it is almost a guarantee that you will be proud of your masterpiece. But if, by chance, something goes wrong, don't apologize. My foolproof solution is to serve it warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Everyone will be happy and none the wiser!

In Complete Cake Mix Magic, I've included a selection of cakes that will carry you through every occasion. The recipes are easy to follow and use ingredients you are likely to have on hand or can easily find at your local grocery store. Each chapter offers a wide variety of flavors and ingredients, and I've made suggestions for variations on the cakes and frostings to suit different tastes. I'm sure you'll think of even more combinations. With a little imagination and creativity, the possibilities are endless.

Among the many recipes, I'm sure you'll find a few that will become your favorites. I've tried to include something for every taste and occasion. Use the recipes as a starting point and add your own touches. Most of all -- enjoy cake baking -- the easy and delicious way!

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