Southern Cakes: Sweet and Irresistible Recipes for Everyday Celebrations

Southern Cakes: Sweet and Irresistible Recipes for Everyday Celebrations

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by Nancie McDermott
     
 

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Taste the chocolatey goodness of Mississippi Mud or marvel at the extravagant elegance of the Lady Baltimore and there will be no doubt that Southerners know how to bake a cake. Here are 65 recipes for some of the most delicious ever. Jam cakes and jelly rolls; humble pear bread and peanut cake; whole chapters on both chocolate and coconut cakeseach moist and…  See more details below

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Taste the chocolatey goodness of Mississippi Mud or marvel at the extravagant elegance of the Lady Baltimore and there will be no doubt that Southerners know how to bake a cake. Here are 65 recipes for some of the most delicious ever. Jam cakes and jelly rolls; humble pear bread and peanut cake; whole chapters on both chocolate and coconut cakeseach moist and delicious forkful represents the spirit of the South. A Baking 101 section offers the cake basics, some finishing touches (that means frosting and lots of it!), and the how-to's of storing each lovely concoction so that the last slice tastes as fresh and delightful as the first.

Editorial Reviews

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Food writer Nancie McDermott has compiled 65 of the most sinfully delicious cakes south of the Mason-Dixon line, and the result could make even Scarlet O'Hara weak in the knees...The recipes all have a down-home feel, but many of the cakes also have a touch of elegance." Choclatier Magazine, December 2007"

Every recipe has a charming headnote, often showing a bit of historical research, and about a third are illustrated with color photos. McDermott's handy introductory chapter on cake baking includes the very Southern advice to buy butter on sale and keep it in the freezer 'so you are baking-ready 24/7.'" Los Angeles Times, August 22, 2007"

For my money, the grandest-looking cakes in this book are the brown sugar pound cakes baked in a tube pan with a lush mass of caramel glaze drooling down its sides, and the classic coconut cake, with its feathery, dazzling white frosting. When I brought the coconut cake to the office, people in the street were literally lunging at it." Los Angeles Times, August 22, 2007"

It's little wonder that Southerners are proud of their baking history. Southern Cakes is filled with the kinds of recipes that make you want to take time to relax and enjoy something delectable." —The Arlington Advocate, March 2008

Library Journal
Libraries with a demand for regional recipes will find McDermott's cookbook a good introduction to the glorious, icing-rich world of Southern cakes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452112824
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
02/03/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
81,276
File size:
10 MB

Meet the Author

Nancie McDermott, cooking teacher and author, lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Becky Luigart-Stayner is a photographer for numerous magazines and lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Southern Cakes: Sweet and Irresistible Recipes for Everyday Celebrations 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Veggiechiliqueen More than 1 year ago
Nancie McDermott's Southern Cakes gathers some of the South's most well-known delights: pristine fluffy coconut cakes, deliciously oozy jelly cakes, red velvet cake, pineapple upside-down cake, Mississippi mud, all the way to that towering confection, Lady Baltimore cake, rich with raisins, figs, pecans and brandy. Along the way, she shares plenty of stories of the origins of the various recipes, many from family and friends or from various regional cookbooks.

There are numerous variations on pound cakes (classic, chocolate, marble molasses, brown sugar, cream cheese, blue ribbon, bourbon, sweet potato) that are easy to whip together; these are perfect for impromptu afternoon teas or to give as gifts. There are light and fluffy coffee cakes, oatmeal cake, and date-nut cake. I also loved the addition of "ethnic" baking recipes such as a Russian Jewish babka (yeast bread), a tres leches cake (a traditional Hispanic favorite that blends milk, sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk), a Rosh Hashanah honey cake and a Passover torte that are perhaps not as quickly associated with Southern desserts.

Also included are heirloom and antique recipes such as a tomato soup cake, Ozark pudding, and a cake recipe dating from 1898. I loved some of the more offbeat creations such as chocolate mayonnaise cake, pumpkin-raisin cake, a "Japanese" fruitcake, and the divine fig cake and pear bread.

Finally, a chapter on icings rounds out the cakes, with recipes for seven-minute frosting, cream cheese, browned butter, chocolate fudge, classic boiled, and never-fail chocolate icings, a caramel glaze, and an easy lemon curd (which is super-expensive if you buy it at a specialty store).

The ingredients are ones that you probably already have in your pantry (except for the Southern staple of self-rising flour, perhaps), and the instructions are very easy to follow (they're broken down by paragraph, with the first line of each printed in an easy-to-read red and a less-easy to read light blue). The text runs on the small side, which might be harder to read for older readers. In the back are a bibliography, a selection of sources online, and a conversion chart.

This is a nice addition to your baking library if you love to whip up frosted layer cakes or you're looking for some lighter ideas perfect for brunch or tea (the pound cakes and coffee cakes). It's easy to use, and Nancie lists many intriguing Southern cookbooks if you're interested in learning more about the cuisine of a particular region.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The recipes are easy to follow, using simple ingredients most people already have on hand. They are delicious and a great treat to make for your family and to take to social functions.
bookchick63 More than 1 year ago
This book is loaded with fantastic recipes made the good, old-fashioned way. Every recipe I havetried has gotten rave reviews!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this one so much my daughter bought it and I have given it as a gift. Wonderful recipes with easy to follow instructions for the novice or great ideas for accomplished baker. I never use a mix anymore and loved the new ideas in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nothing says loving like a 'southern' cake. The recipes in this book are not only superb in taste but they are easy to follow. This is especially true for the 'cake-mix' bakers who want to bake from scratch. You will want to make these cakes for special friends and guests and for special occasions. The caramel cake is guarenteed to win you friends and admiration.
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