Cake Bible

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Overview

"If you ever bake a cake, this book will become your partner in the kitchen."
— from the foreword by Maida Heatter

This is the classic cake cookbook that enables anyone to make delicious, exquisite cakes. As a writer for food magazines, women's magazines, and newspapers, including The New York Times, Rose Levy Beranbaum's trademark is her ability to reduce the most complex techniques to easy-to-follow recipes. Rose makes baking a joy. This is ...

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Overview

"If you ever bake a cake, this book will become your partner in the kitchen."
— from the foreword by Maida Heatter

This is the classic cake cookbook that enables anyone to make delicious, exquisite cakes. As a writer for food magazines, women's magazines, and newspapers, including The New York Times, Rose Levy Beranbaum's trademark is her ability to reduce the most complex techniques to easy-to-follow recipes. Rose makes baking a joy. This is the definitive work on cakes by the country's top cake baker.

The Cake Bible shows how to:

Mix a buttery, tender layer cake in under five minutes with perfect results every time

Make the most fabulous chocolate cake you ever imagined with just three ingredients

Find recipes for every major type of cake, from pancakes to four-tiered wedding cakes

Make cakes with less sugar but maximum flavor and texture

Make many low- to no- cholesterol, low-saturated-fat recipes

This book enables anyone to make delicious, exquisite cakes while eliminating the usual hocus-pocus surrounding baking.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Beranbaum, a talented baker and former owner of a New York cooking school, has produced a definitive work that will excite accomplished cooks and beginners alike. She covers basic, ``foolproof'' cakes as well as showcase cakes, accompanying these with pages and pages of adornments of all types; her instructions are impressively precise but unintimidating. She also includes lengthy discussions on ingredients and equipment and concludes with a special section on the chemistry of cake baking and on making a professional wedding cakes. An essential purchase. JS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688044022
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1988
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 62,927
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Rose Levy Beranbaum has created special occasion cakes priced at more than two thousand dollars for customers including world-renowned restaurant consultant George Lang, and a wedding cake for Rudolph Sprungli, owner of Lindt Chocolate. She lives and works in New York City.

Rose Levy Beranbaum has created special occasion cakes priced at more than two thousand dollars for customers including world-renowned restaurant consultant George Lang, and a wedding cake for Rudolph Sprungli, owner of Lindt Chocolate. She lives and works in New York City.

Rose Levy Beranbaum has created special occasion cakes priced at more than two thousand dollars for customers including world-renowned restaurant consultant George Lang, and a wedding cake for Rudolph Sprungli, owner of Lindt Chocolate. She lives and works in New York City.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Can't get any better than this...

    Rose Levy Beranbaum is a scientist who has taken making cakes to a whole new level. She goes into great depth on how all the ingredients work together. Based on this information she tells you how you can create your own cake recipes. In order to get her results, you must make sure that the ingredients are at the proper temperature. This means that making many of Rose's cakes, require some extra time and attention to detail, but the results are so worth it! I highly recommend this book to learn the basics of making a truly exceptional cake. In addition check out Rose's newest cake book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

    the BEST cake baking book I've ever used

    If you wanted to have only one reference for baking on your shelf, this should be the book. Honestly, I probably have 100 cookbooks, and this is the one I use most often. The why is simple. If you want to be a good baker, simply follow the recipes. They're written very clearly, instructions for pan size, etc., are given with each. You have the option of measuring or weighing almost everything. You can even use metric weights if you prefer. Do what she says and you will consistently turn out lovely cakes. AND...if you want to be a GREAT baker...read the book all the way through. You'll learn the WHY's behind what makes a good recipe, where you can tweak things and when you need to keep the chemistry intact.

    I've been baking a long time, and I thought I knew a fair amount. This book showed me how much better I could be...and I enjoyed every bit of it (as do my family and friend, actually).

    If you will take advice from me about baking, it's to do 2 things. Get this book and buy a scale...after that, you can do anything.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2009

    Informational

    Very good book, it reads like an encyclopedia of different recipes and how each ingrediant works together to make what it makes. It's kinda like a gourmet cake book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2009

    If you Bake you need this Book

    This is not the normal "Mix this up and cook it this long book". This is a scientist telling you how, when, WHYand where. You can fail when you use this book...but you will know why. AWESOME!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

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    im going to recommend some books to yall its below. they are all

    im going to recommend some books to yall
    its below. they are all great books and i have read all of them myself. you would probably love them if you read books like these.

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  • Posted August 5, 2013

    This really is the best reference guide for anybody who loves to

    This really is the best reference guide for anybody who loves to bake. I've had my copy for over 20 years now. It's well worn and showing it's age, but I can't let it go. I just ordered a copy for my oldest Niece, who is about the age I was when I first bought this wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    An Instructor By Your Side

    The Cake Bible, as well as all of Rose Levy Beranbaum's books, is a step above any baking book I have ever experienced before. No matter which recipe I bake from this book, the response is always the same...the best cake they have ever eaten.

    Although I am new to baking, I now have the confidence of someone with much more experience because I have learned techniques which work..all from Rose Levy Berenbaum.

    The author takes you through each recipe and explains how to do a technique and what result to expect.

    After baking just a few of the cakes in this book, I was able to apply what I have learned to other recipes with extraordinary results.

    In my opinion The Cake Bible is a MUST HAVE for anyone who aspires to baking delicious cakes

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    One of the staples in my baking arsenal

    This is, hands down, the best book out there - Ms. Beranbaum explains the science behind the baking, and when one of my non-Rose-Beranbaum recipes fails, this is the book I look to, to find out why. This, along with Tish Boyle's The Cake Book, are cake recipes that do not let me down, and convinced me to buy a scale. As another reviewer commented, if you have this book and a scale, you just can't go wrong!! I have to go make a cake now...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2007

    Review

    This is a really great book. In addition to a lot of great recipes, the author takes the time to explain the science behind making a great cake as well as why cakes 'mess up'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2005

    The Cake Bible

    I use this cake cookbook before I bake any cake. Rose Levy Bernbaum is outstanding baker, and changed the way I bake cakes. Every recipe is outstanding, and easy to understand. Her chocolate fudge cake is a great cake. But there are so many wonderful recipes that the serious cake baker should own this book. When I'm looking for a cake her book is the first one I look through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2003

    The ONLY cake baking book you need!

    For the beginner, the advanced and for the professional. Read this book from cover-to-cover and you will have received an education. Buy a good scale and listen to Rose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2002

    Let Them Eat Cake!

    This is one of the best written cookbooks I own, with instructions that are concise and specific. Levy Beranbaum's style is so efficient that in my nervousness, I sometimes think I have missed something. But everything I need always turns out to be in there-- I was just too fretful to see what was plainly before me! While there are some recipes in this book that I never intend to try, I am convinced that Rose Levy Beranbaum's version of all the types of cakes she covers is the best available. This is a wonderful asset to anyone who enjoys baking cakes for any occasion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2001

    CAN'T BE BEAT!

    I have to say, first of all, that if you plan on getting any of the cheesecake you make from this book, get it before you take the cake in, because you won't get any otherwise. Rose has put a lot of work into this book and you will need no other book for making cakes. Every cake I have made from this book has been a success. Thanks Rose!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2001

    Baking for the Serious Home Baker

    You must be prepared to follow every recipe exactly, but will be rewarded with magnificant cakes. Rose Levy Beranbaum is truly a professional. Don't be discouraged by having to flip through the book to complete some of the more impressive cakes. This is my favorite cake cookbook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2000

    A Bible?? My vote is in......

    This was a very nice book to read if u are interested in making cakes. Or for that matter, even pancakes. Of course there are also recipes on cupcakes too! This book has such a wide variety of 'cakes' that it leaves nothing left to be desired. The layout of the book is what caught my attention first. It is divided into cake recipes (naturally), but then for things such as icing and filling or whatnot, it refers you to another page in the book. This is very good because it allows YOU, the chef, to vary the same recipe just a tad. Some of the colorful pictures are too delightful if u ask me. They actually make you wanna BAKE it.....go figure. Of course, there is a small qualm about this book that might keep someone from getting it. It is the fact that the book actually jumps around. Sure it is weird and might push some people away, but for the most part, I think it was rather ingenious of Mrs. Beranbaum to design the book in this way. I guess I should note that I wont actually be using this book for cooking since I'm buying this as an Xmas gift for a friend. Thus, this review is something I just 'observed' briefly while skimming the book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2000

    A home baker 'must have' cookbook!

    This is the BEST, and in my opinion the only cake cookbook the home baker will ever need to purchase!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2000

    Excellent!

    I haven't made anything in this book I didn't abosolutely LOVE and get rave reviews about!

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