The Cake Bible

The Cake Bible

by Rose Levy Beranbaum, Dean G Bornstein


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An IACP Culinary Classics Hall of Fame book • Winner of the James Beard award 

"If you ever bake a cake, this book will become your partner in the kitchen." —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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688044022
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 09/20/1988
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 95,270
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.73(d)

About 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.

Customer Reviews

The Cake Bible 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
ddbrn More than 1 year ago
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.
ceoli More than 1 year ago
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 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this when it was initially published. My copy is dog eared, chocolate-dtained and falling apart. Still my go-to book when i want to bake a cake.
mcglothlen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I never really understand why some people don't want all the information that Ms. Beranbaum imparts along the way. What becomes true is that as one learns WHY stuff happens with cakes, one begins to have a freer hand baking them and inventing on one's own. This book is the next best thing to taking a pastry class at a culinary college
mswierenga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author has a graduate degree in food science and could tell you the molecular make-up of different flours. This is probably the most detailed book on baking cakes you'll find, but it's also the best. When I worked in an upscale bakery making pastries, we used The Cake Bible for many recipes. My favorite detail was the ¿Understanding¿ paragraph after a recipe letting the cook know exactly why things were supposed to done a certain way, what you can and cannot change about a recipe, some history on the cake, and how best to display the cake. This is way beyond a basic cookbook. It has everything anyone ever wanted to know about baking, decorating, storing, and serving a cake. It¿s called The Cake BIBLE for a reason.
dale-in-queens on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Awesome. Has never failed me, from waffles to carrot cake. My mother has made flawless wedding cakes. Pay attention. She's not giving you all that detail for no reason.
auntieknickers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Obsessive cooks and bakers will love this one. Ms. Beranbaum gives explicit directions including weighing ingredients; her decorating skills match her baking skills. The rest of us can dream over the beautiful photos of cakes.
dianaleez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you ever want to make a really great cheesecake, or chocolate cake, or just plain ol' cake - visit Rose!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow it was very delicious and amazing for us. Good tips are given in this article which make it very easy. Same Cakes are also given on the site :
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not used this cookbook myself, but I bought one for my daughter because my son and his family value it so much that they use it as a "wish book." On their birthdays my granddaughters and my daughter-in-law go to "The Cake Bible," where they select a picture of the cake that they would like to have made for them, usually be my son. I have seen and tasted one or more--gorgeous to look at and delicious!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
joydox More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
TrojanInOz More than 1 year ago
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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