Complete Cake Mix Magic: 300 Easy Desserts Good as Homemade

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Enjoy cake baking the easy and delicious way!

Anyone who bakes from scratch knows that baking cakes can be time-consuming and it can produce disappointing results. A cake mix is the perfect shortcut solution, because beginning with the best always gets you off to a great start. All you need to add is the rich and flavorful ingredients, such as eggs, sour cream, butter, chocolate or fruit — the distinctive "homemade" taste no bakery cake can ...

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Overview

Enjoy cake baking the easy and delicious way!

Anyone who bakes from scratch knows that baking cakes can be time-consuming and it can produce disappointing results. A cake mix is the perfect shortcut solution, because beginning with the best always gets you off to a great start. All you need to add is the rich and flavorful ingredients, such as eggs, sour cream, butter, chocolate or fruit — the distinctive "homemade" taste no bakery cake can match.

This tempting selection of cake recipes will carry you through every occasion and you'll discover how to easily transform a basic cake mix into a mouthwatering dessert. The more than 300 recipes provide results that really do taste homemade — in less than half the time it would take to bake from scratch.

Choose from more than 300 delectable recipes, including:

  • Single Layer
    Cakes
  • Multi-Layer Cakes
  • Tube and Bundt Cakes
  • Angel Food Cakes
  • Cheesecakes
  • Coffee Cakes
  • Loaves and Muffins
  • Cookies
  • Bars and Squares
  • Special-Occasion Desserts.

Along with wonderful recipes, you'll find tips and techniques for perfect cake baking every time — and a wealth of baking knowledge. Complete Cake Mix Magic includes practical equipment information making it perfect for beginner bakers and a great refresher for the experienced. Simple recipes, basic ingredients and no experience required — you'll find all the elements necessary for outstanding results.

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Editorial Reviews

Reader Views - Irene Watson
[Review for previous edition] 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!
Trenton Trentonian
[Review for previous edition] Illustrates that no hocus-pocus is required to consistently produce outstanding results with a minimum of time and effort.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778804222
  • Publisher: Rose, Robert Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/26/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 427,844
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Snider has decades of baking experience, including 25 years as the Test Kitchen Manager for a major flour maker. In addition to being a bestselling cookbook author, she's a well-respected food stylist and recipe developer.

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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 theirtolerance. 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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