The Cake Mix Doctor

The Cake Mix Doctor

by Anne Byrn
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Overview

The Cake Mix Doctor by Anne Byrn

The Cake Mix Doctor is in! And the prescription is simple: By doctoring up packaged cake mix with just the right extras--a touch of sweet butter here, cocoa powder there, or poppy seeds, vanilla yogurt, sherry, eggs, and grated lemon zest for the Charleston Poppy Seed Cake--even the least experienced baker can turn out luscious signature desserts, time after time. The proof is in the taste, and the taste never stops--from Toasted Coconut Sour Cream Cake to Devilishly Good Chocolate Cake; from a to-die-for Caramel Cake and a Holiday Yule Log to cheesecakes, coffee cakes, sheet cakes, pound cakes, bars, brownies, and those all-important frostings, here are 175 fast, foolproof recipes that will transform the art of home baking in America.

Who could believe these cakes came out of a box? Moist, tender, rich, deep, and complexly flavored, without a hint of artificiality, each cake stand up and delivers. But without any of the fuss of baking from scratch. Anne Byrn, an award-wining food writer and self-described purist, creates recipes that employ a cake mix's strengths---convenience, ease-of-use, dependability, and almost imperviousness to overbeating, underbeating, overbaking, and underbaking.

In addition to the recipes are the Cake Mix Doctor's Q&A's, extensive "Doctor Says" tips, lists--15 Beautiful Birthday Cakes, 15 Cakes That Will Cash in at a Bake Sale--and more, all illustrated in a full-color photographic insert.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761159490
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/11/1999
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 331,946
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Anne Byrn is the author of the bestselling Cake Mix Doctor series and The Dinner Doctor, with over 3.5 million copies in print. She makes frequent appearances on Good Morning America and QVC. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family. Her website is www.cakemixdoctor.com.

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Cake Mix Doctor 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
MimiSC More than 1 year ago
My husband and I moved into a new region of the country and a brand new development three years ago. Most of my new neighbors were in the same situation as we were -- a thousand miles or more from our children and famiy, and new to the southeast. In no time, it became apparent that if birthday celebrations were to be had, we were on our own. It was my idea that my new friends should begin a tradition of celebrating birthdays together ... dinner and birthday cake once a month to celebrate another good year gone by, and a new year to look forward to. Cake was the central theme - for a change, wine took second fiddle! In no time, I ran out of cake recipes, and we were eating the same ole' cake every month (it has been three years since our tradition began). I saw the book "The Cake Doctor" reviewed on television, and I ordered it immediately. I searched the book for a good, Fall seasonal cake ... and chose the German Chocolate Cake recipe. I am here to tell you that all of my friends commented that the German Chocolate Cake was THE BEST CAKE OF ALL, considering all of birthday celebrations we have shared over three years. The cake takes less than 10 minutes to make, and less than one hour to bake. Out of the oven, no frosting is necessary, since it has been added into the batter prior to baking -- genius!!! I am hooked, and I look only to the Cake Doctor when preparing our celebratory cakes from now on! Good baking, good fun ... enjoy!
roco More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book to use yourself or for gift giving. I've given all the ladies in my family this book and many of my friends. It's wonderful to be able to make scrumptious cakes so easily using boxed cake mixes and a few simple ingredients that many of us already have on hand. Everyone I've given this book to has used it many times and still thank me for introducing them to the ease of making spectacular cakes. It's a real bargain at the price and a wonderful present would be a homemade cake from this book along with the book and a note from you written inside. That's how I came to have my copy. It was given to me by a friend for my birthday along with a Holy Cow cake. Mmmmmmm, good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! Haven't ever made a "bad" recipe. Easy and delicious and they always turn out perfectly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This would have been a great book if I had no experience in the kitchen, and I mean no experience. It is primarily a book for people who do not know their way around the kitchen, but want to make something tasty for a party or potluck. Some are very tasty, some are not what I envisioned them. Overall, not a bad book. Excellent reading inside, though. Gives examples on how to jazz up many of these recipes and helps a beginning cook realize you can alter things without screwing them up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book, all the beautiful color photos of the cakes and the clear, simple directions are amazing! Though I haven't had the book for very long I've made the Snickerdoodle Cake and the Caramel Cake. Both were delicious, particularly the Caramel Cake, the frosting was sublime! This book is definitely a good investment for anyone who loves to bake!
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book-nut81 More than 1 year ago
Every dessert I have made from this book has been a hit! Now the people I work with think that I am such a great baker ;) They just don't realize that with The Cake Mix Doctor they could make treats just as good as mine.
Barefootcontessawannabe More than 1 year ago
I am a die hard baker make all my desserts and dinners from scratch. A very respected fellow baker told me about cake mix books and that most if her cakes are not Fu ll scratch. Although this was not my choice in books (my 8 yr old told hubby I wanted and she got it for my birthday) I'm glad I didn't not return it. At times with making a full dinner I'm pretty exhausted and overwhelmed myself by making a homemade cake so onmy hubby birthday I decided to give this a try we baked the chocolate cake because my recipe calls for coffee I added instant coffee to this and everyone thought it was my original recipe. I did grandma coconut another shocker this was handy when My daughter wanted to raise money for a pc tablet and though it would be a great opportunity to try it because teaching her from scratch was too much work for me me after a full day of work. Well she made the better for you pound cake, breakfast cinnamon cake, chocolate and more orders have poured in. I. Truly recommend especially for large crows where mote than one cake is necessary don't give up on your fav recipes but keep these handy when you need a quick mix.
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LadyBoiler More than 1 year ago
This book is fabulous. It should be on every baker's shelf regardless of their skill level in the kitchen. It has classy cake recipes and simple dump cake recipes. It is easy to use, is very practical, has great ideas, has creative suggestions and has interesting information about everything from cake mix history to storage to non-stick idea. It was both comprehensive and entertaining at the same time. The illustrations and the books presentation were perfect. The book made me want to bake.even in the middle of summer! This would be a great gift to give any woman who likes to bake.
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This book is easy to use and has a variety of desserts from fruit pizzas, brownies, biscotti, cookies, and so many types of cakes. The recipes are simple and the ingredients that you add to cake mixes to make the desserts are not expensive and are easy to find in most any grocery store. I do not have a lot of time and this book allows me to still bake for my husband and friends. I would suggest this book to anyone no matter their level- beginners to experts. It also makes a great gift,if you want to give your secrets away:) Also the recipes give you lots of ideas and options.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Anne Bryn obviously put substantial effort into the making of this book. Unfortunately, it's outdated as most of the cake recipes call for using a cake mix WITHOUT pudding in the mix. Since all three major brands -- Duncan Hines, Pillsbury, and Betty Crocker -- now have pudding in all their mixes, at least in the supermarkets in my area, the recipes will not turn out as intended. That said, the icing recipes are terrific, as is the section on chocolate, and the many tidbits of information she includes throughout the book on cakes and baking are fun reading. I've yet to find an up-to-date cookbook for jazzing up cake mixes, but two superb 'scratch' cake cookbooks are 'The Cake Bible' and 'The Cake Book.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't be tempted by the other cake mix books out there--this is THE one to get for your $!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book with recipes for those who like to cook and those who don't. Most recipes are no fail. . . and many make it look like you spent alot more time than you did in the kitchen. This one is a little better the the Chocolate Cake Mix Doctor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've made the carrot cake, Kaluha cake, and snickerdoodle cake, among others. Each time, no one could believe that the delicious dessert they were licking their lips over started from a mix! I've shown the book to friends and family, and some of them have bought a copy of their own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 7-year-old son loved the red velvet cake we ate at a fancy country club lunch, so I requested the recipe. The recipe had been copied directly from the pages of this book! I have baked numerous cakes from this book and received rave reviews from them all. My most recent successes have been Susan's lemon cake and the simple strawberry cake (I baked mine in a sheet pan and it turned out wonderful). I reach for this book everytime for special occasion cakes and bake sales alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friends and I made the holy cow cake from this book and it was amazingly delicious.. no one could believe it was made from a cake mix with some ingredients added! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have made the caramel cake (using 1/2 cup of fat free evaporated milk in the caramel frosting rather than 1/4 cup whole milk) and the Mt. Vernon Cake. In the future I'll chop the cherries for the Mt. Vernon cake in half so as to be able to cover all of the cake layers. Caramel Cake: 5 star:I was thrilled with this cake in particular. All the recipes sound quite easy. Having tried to make cakes from scratch that don't always turn out I find that using cake mix as a base helps ensure a better outcome! Hooray for this book. Makes a great gift with a nice cake platter to boot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before I found this book in the library I thought cake mix cakes were terrible. I had tried them before and they always had a cake mix taste besides I was such a food snob that I believed that no cake mix could produce a better cake than from scratch. But after trying the Darn Good Chocolate cake I changed my mind. There was no cake mix after taste and it became my favorite chocolate cake (not to mention the easiest to make). This book gives you a wealth of information not just about cake mixes but about baking and where certain cakes came from that I find interesting. I loved this book so much I had to buy my own copy. I would reccommend it to anybody especially a new cook.