The Perfect Cake and Anolon Baking Set

Today marked the big event, the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. The fashion icons were all about the fascinators and who wore whom but some of us were all about the food - and that cake. The Sun shared an article about Claire Ptak, the baker behind the royal couple's wedding cake with a recipe for a lemon and elderflower cake to hold us over (by the way, Claire's Violet Bakery is fabulous.) Update: Thanks to member Lorraine who forwarded a link with the royal wedding cake recipe published at Food and Wine

Speaking of fabulous cake, The Perfect Cake: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Classic, Unique, and Modern Cakes for Any Occasion by The Editors at America's Test Kitchen is the cookbook to answer any baker's cake needs. As a side note, if you missed my promotion on The Perfect Cookie, last year please check it out - these two books are must haves. 

The Perfect Cake shares 230 plus recipes, tips and step-by-step instructions that will guide the novice baker. The flavor combinations and more complex cakes will please those of us with many cakes under our belt (in every sense of the word).  I've made the Italian almond cake from this title earlier this year and have several dozen others marked to try - if only cake were acceptable for every meal but that comment harkens back to the belt mention.

The photographs of these creations will inspire you to pull out the sifter and get to baking. America's Test Kitchen shares seven cake recipes from this book to try now. We have linked to these recipes so that you can add them to your bookshelf.

The perfect cake calls for the perfect bakeware - Anolon's Advanced Non-stick Bakeware Five Piece Non-stick Set fits the bill. It is no secret that I love Anolon products (see our promotion for the Tri-ply Clad Braiser and the Nouvelle Copper Dutch Oven). The set above is a perfect gift for someone just starting out or as a replacement for our own worn bakeware. The pans are sturdy and have provided perfect results for my baking projects. I use the cookie tray and rack almost every day for one purpose or another.

America's Test Kitchen is offering a copy of The Perfect Cake and Anolon is providing an Advanced Non-stick Bakeware Five Piece Non-Stick Set to three members in our contest below. Special thanks to both for providing me the products for review.


America's Test Kitchen is offering a copy of The Perfect Cake  and Anolon is providing an Advanced Non-stick Bakeware Five Piece Non-Stick Set to three members in the US. Two of the entry options are to answer the following questions in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?
Which Anolon bakeware product would you like to add to your collection?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on July 2nd, 2018.


  • JJWong  on  5/19/2018 at 2:30 PM

    I would love to learn how to bake a moist, flavorful cake each time I set out to do so! We are always on the hunt for a yummy carrot sheet cake!

  • hirsheys  on  5/19/2018 at 2:30 PM

    Ooooh, I'd get the popover pan and I'd love to try the bananas fosters cake.

  • djoh437938  on  5/19/2018 at 2:41 PM

    cream cheese coffee cake, i love coffee cakes and of course i would need the round analon cake pan to bake it in

  • cowlady  on  5/19/2018 at 2:50 PM

    I would try the Mexican chocolate ice cream torte first because it is fairly easy to make.

  • bookreadera  on  5/19/2018 at 2:57 PM

    I'm making the salted caramel cupcakes tomorrow.

  • Siegal  on  5/19/2018 at 3:00 PM

    I want to make pumpkin cupcakes

  • jr0717  on  5/19/2018 at 3:02 PM

    That carrot-honey layer cake sounds great!

  • Siegal  on  5/19/2018 at 3:03 PM

    I would love a set of the analon bronze cookware

  • FireRunner2379  on  5/19/2018 at 3:06 PM

    I love cake, its my favorite dessert! The Pear-walnut upside-down cake sounds very interesting, something worth trying for sure!

  • FireRunner2379  on  5/19/2018 at 3:13 PM

    I'd like to have the Anolon 6-Cup Popover Pan.

  • hae1123  on  5/19/2018 at 3:29 PM

    Definitely Salted Caramel Cupcakes!!!

  • hae1123  on  5/19/2018 at 3:30 PM

    I’d love to try 5 piece bronze bakeware set!

  • Patoliv1312  on  5/19/2018 at 3:44 PM

    Surprisingly, I want to try the Vegan Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

  • rchesser  on  5/19/2018 at 3:52 PM

    The Salted Caramel Cupcakes!

  • Patoliv1312  on  5/19/2018 at 4:03 PM

    I like the 9-inch cake pans. Want to try a different brand.

  • southerncooker  on  5/19/2018 at 4:10 PM

    9-Inch Round Cake Pan with Silicone Grips, Bronze and German Chocolate Sheet Cake

  • rchesser  on  5/19/2018 at 4:12 PM

    9-Inch Square Springform Dessert Pan, Gray.

  • southerncooker  on  5/19/2018 at 4:31 PM

    I commented both answers in one post. The 9 in cake pans was my 2nd answer

  • mcrimmins  on  5/19/2018 at 4:37 PM

    Cookie sheet.

  • mcrimmins  on  5/19/2018 at 4:38 PM

    Carrot Cupcakes

  • AlexH  on  5/19/2018 at 4:39 PM

    Rainbow cake and a square pan!

  • kmn4  on  5/19/2018 at 5:12 PM

    Spice cake

  • kmn4  on  5/19/2018 at 5:18 PM

    9-Inch x 13-Inch Rectangular Baker, Cobalt Blue

  • Kris.Dudley  on  5/19/2018 at 6:06 PM

    Pomegranate Walnut Cake would be a show stopper!

  • ravensfan  on  5/19/2018 at 6:21 PM

    Carrot-honey layer cake

  • ravensfan  on  5/19/2018 at 6:24 PM

    12-cup covered muffin pan

  • Outrun1986  on  5/19/2018 at 6:29 PM

    The salted caramel cupcakes for sure, I would try this first.

  • Outrun1986  on  5/19/2018 at 6:32 PM

    I would like to try the 14-INCH X 16-INCH COOKIE SHEET, GRAY

  • heyjude  on  5/19/2018 at 6:36 PM

    Gateau Breton

  • lauriesk  on  5/19/2018 at 6:39 PM

    I would try the Chocolate cream cupcakes

  • fortyeightbits  on  5/19/2018 at 7:03 PM

    Salted caramel cupcakes!

  • MadMom  on  5/19/2018 at 7:31 PM

    The blackberry-mascarpone lemon cake sounds divine! I would love any of the Anolon products!

  • eileen2015  on  5/19/2018 at 7:58 PM

    I made the rainbow cake for celebrating spring. Fantastic. I want to try every cake recipe in the book

  • JamieLondonK  on  5/19/2018 at 10:25 PM

    Spice cake and would love the popover pan

  • JaneRose  on  5/19/2018 at 11:00 PM

    I would start out with one of my favorites: carrot cupcakes! I've had my eye on this book for a while now. The cover is gorgeous!

  • JaneRose  on  5/19/2018 at 11:06 PM

    The 11 x 17 bronze cookie pan would be a welcome addition to my bakeware.

  • yeven  on  5/19/2018 at 11:24 PM

    Definitely salted carmael cupcakes

  • Alleycat  on  5/19/2018 at 11:43 PM

    The blueberry ombre cake on the cover looks magnificent.

  • Alleycat  on  5/19/2018 at 11:49 PM

    Would love to try the pizza crisper pan.

  • jezpurr  on  5/20/2018 at 12:36 AM

    The Pomegranate Walnut Cake!!!^_^

  • jezpurr  on  5/20/2018 at 12:38 AM

    The deep skillet!!!^_^

  • Amdona  on  5/20/2018 at 3:50 AM

    Pumpkin cupcakes for my grandson and the cupcake pan

  • thewife1992  on  5/20/2018 at 7:15 AM

    I would love to bake the Orange Pound Cake page 323 and I would be thrilled to win the Anolon baking set as I need a new cooling rack and I already own Anolon cookware!

  • JRumi  on  5/20/2018 at 7:24 AM

    I would like to try the Black Forest Cake

  • JRumi  on  5/20/2018 at 7:31 AM

    I would like the Analon roasting pan

  • honken  on  5/20/2018 at 8:57 AM

    Salted caramel cupcakes!

  • MiMi60  on  5/20/2018 at 10:57 AM

    Blueberry boy bait

  • MiMi60  on  5/20/2018 at 11:04 AM

    I would love the 11-Inch x 17-Inch Cookie Pan, Pewter/Onyx. .. I need to do some shopping!!

  • contest718  on  5/20/2018 at 11:09 AM

    Vegan yellow layer cake & Boston cream cupcakes.

  • nomadchowwoman  on  5/20/2018 at 11:48 AM

    Mom always made me a German Chocolate cake for my birthday, per my request. So I would try one of those luscious-sounding German Chocolate cakes, maybe the one with cashews and coffee first.

  • hamjenny  on  5/20/2018 at 12:19 PM

    The Salted caramel cupcakes sound wonderful I would like to try those first

  • matag  on  5/20/2018 at 3:37 PM

    I’d make Boston cream cupcakes I’d like the 9-INCH SQUARE SPRINGFORM DESSERT PAN

  • RSW  on  5/20/2018 at 7:49 PM

    Buttermilk-caramel cake

  • rosalee  on  5/20/2018 at 8:09 PM

    I am intrigued by the chocolate-beet cupcakes!

  • RSW  on  5/20/2018 at 8:09 PM


  • mph993  on  5/20/2018 at 10:10 PM

    Olive Oil Yogurt Bundt Cake

  • demomcook  on  5/20/2018 at 10:19 PM

    Raspberry-pistachio buckles. The covered 9 x 13 pan tops my wish list.

  • rosalee  on  5/20/2018 at 10:38 PM

    We could use a new roaster like the Anolon Roaster with Nonstick Rack

  • AndieEats  on  5/20/2018 at 10:39 PM

    I'd want to try making the maple layer cake! And the cooling rack would be a nice addition.

  • Angryyew  on  5/21/2018 at 12:16 AM

    Vegan Dark Chocolate Cupcakes and the 9 inch cake pans.

  • ket06e  on  5/21/2018 at 8:42 AM

    Chocolate Turtle Cake and I need a 10 x 15 inch cookie sheet!

  • SarahGelle  on  5/21/2018 at 9:05 AM

    I would love to make the blackberry jam cake now that they're almost in season!

  • sarahawker  on  5/21/2018 at 9:36 AM

    German chocolate sheet cake

  • sarahawker  on  5/21/2018 at 9:55 AM

    The Analon Popover pan would be a great addition to my baking.

  • rosyannposy  on  5/21/2018 at 10:07 AM

    I'm curious about the beet sprinkles. Another rack would be handy.

  • mpdeb98  on  5/21/2018 at 10:20 AM

    Pumpkin cupcakes and 12-Cup Covered Muffin Pan with Silicone Grips

  • sgump  on  5/21/2018 at 10:45 AM

    The New York-style crumb cake sounds tasty (nice to see buttermilk as an ingredient). And I like the looks--and usefulness--of the Anolon 9-inch x 13-inch covered cake pan (bronze).

  • smartie101  on  5/21/2018 at 11:08 AM

    Summer Peach Cake

  • contest718  on  5/21/2018 at 12:10 PM

    I would really love to get this 10-Piece Bakeware Set, Umber/Onyx when I get a bigger kitchen next year.

  • RNJessicaK  on  5/21/2018 at 3:42 PM

    So many I want to try!! The tahini & banana (since I always have tahini to use up), Marbled Blueberry, Maple Pumpkin...but I'll probably start with the Saffron-Orange.

  • Dannausc  on  5/21/2018 at 6:23 PM

    Carrot cupcakes and a muffin pan!

  • amylou61  on  5/22/2018 at 8:50 AM

    I think I'd try the Carrot Honey Layer Cake. Yum!

  • amylou61  on  5/22/2018 at 9:00 AM

    I'd like to try the 2-Piece Loaf Pan Set for making meat loaf. The pool of grease that gathers at the bottom of the pan is a problem this pan could possibly solve, and the price isn't too high.

  • sarahcooks  on  5/22/2018 at 5:35 PM

    Definitely the mug cakes! I often want just a little bit of cake in the evening but don't want to bake a whole cake.

  • LeilaD  on  5/22/2018 at 6:17 PM

    Swiss hazelnut cakes... mmm... And I could really, really use a new cooling rack.

  • lgroom  on  5/23/2018 at 11:30 AM

    Salted caramel cupcakes.

  • eatysmith  on  5/23/2018 at 11:16 PM

    "Which recipe in the index would you like to try first?" Salted caramel cupcakes!

  • eatysmith  on  5/23/2018 at 11:18 PM

    "Leave another comment about which product you would like to try." 9-Inch x 5-Inch Loaf Pan, Gray!

  • Wojtanowski  on  5/25/2018 at 8:54 AM

    I have been in search of the perfect "Fluffy Yellow Cake" - need to try that the Anolon cake pan with silicone grips - that's innovative!

  • melspot  on  5/25/2018 at 9:46 AM

    The Blackberry Walnut Buckle sounds great. I also just want to make a good cake that doesn't go flat in the middle, at 5000+ feet.

  • ChazBrenchley  on  5/25/2018 at 1:37 PM

    I'm not the only one who wants to make salted caramel cupcakes, I see...

  • ktpotat  on  5/25/2018 at 5:56 PM

    boston cream cupcakes

  • jsguaium  on  5/25/2018 at 6:10 PM

    Chocolate Turtle cake is the recipe I'd like to try first

  • lizkamerer  on  5/25/2018 at 11:32 PM

    I want to try the Gluten free Confetti cupcakes!

  • leilx  on  5/26/2018 at 12:28 AM

    Chocolate caramel, chocolate turtle and german chocolate cakes. I need new cookie sheets so the three piece bronze cookie sheet set is my pick

  • sally0630  on  5/26/2018 at 1:09 AM

    All the recipes sound AWESOME but I would love to try the Genoise sponge cake first is so rd interesting and YUMMY!

  • sally0630  on  5/26/2018 at 1:22 AM

    I would love to try this game setI

  • Debcancook  on  5/26/2018 at 10:39 AM

    I am very fond of salted caramel, those cupcakes are fab!

  • hippiechick1955  on  5/26/2018 at 6:06 PM

    The caramel cake; a favorite in my home.

  • hippiechick1955  on  5/26/2018 at 6:19 PM

    I'd buy this 11" deep square grill pan.

  • EmilyR  on  5/27/2018 at 12:15 AM

    Classic white layer cake... still looking for the perfect from scratch white cake.. and the analon cookie pans.

  • mph993  on  5/27/2018 at 6:35 AM

    I would like to try the chocolate beef cake and a 9" square springtime pan!

  • BMeyer  on  5/27/2018 at 7:15 AM

    salted caramel cupcakes

  • threefourpfeif  on  5/27/2018 at 10:32 AM

    The old-fashioned chocolate layer cake sounds delicious

  • dusksunset  on  5/27/2018 at 3:27 PM

    Devil's Food Cake 14 x 16 cookie sheet

  • LaurenE  on  5/27/2018 at 3:38 PM

    9-Inch Round Cake Pan with Silicone Grips, Bronze and German Chocolate Sheet Cake

  • NancyLynn  on  5/28/2018 at 2:13 AM

    Beet chocolate cupcakes, because I can't think of any more things to make with the excessive beets I have.

  • clairew137  on  5/28/2018 at 4:46 AM

    Boston cream cupcakes

  • nova  on  5/28/2018 at 6:47 AM

    I would love to try Pineapple upside down cake - a favorite growing up!

  • robynsanyal  on  5/28/2018 at 6:43 PM

    Ultimate chocolate cupcakes with ganache filling

  • mmstarla  on  5/29/2018 at 12:43 PM

    I literally could name off a page of recipes that I would love to try first, lol. If I was forced to narrow it down I think I would try the Blackberry-mascarpone lemon cake first!

  • skyejaden  on  5/30/2018 at 7:47 AM

    I would love to make the carrot cupcakes!!

  • lhudson  on  5/30/2018 at 11:43 AM

    Salted caramel cupcakes and would love to have the 9 inch square springform dessert pan.

  • tarae1204  on  5/30/2018 at 1:06 PM

    Carrot-honey layer cake

  • riley  on  5/30/2018 at 3:02 PM

    Blueberry boy bait using a 9 x 13 covered cake pan

  • Laura1  on  5/30/2018 at 7:00 PM

    chocolate beet cupcakes

  • lpatterson412  on  5/30/2018 at 9:56 PM

    Watermelon icecream cake!!

  • robynnemellor  on  6/3/2018 at 11:35 AM

    Strawberry dream cake

  • jmay42066  on  6/3/2018 at 12:46 PM

    The Salted Caramel Cupcakes

  • jmay42066  on  6/3/2018 at 12:50 PM

    5 piece bronze bakeware set

  • t.t  on  6/3/2018 at 3:57 PM

    Flourless chocolate cake

  • t.t  on  6/3/2018 at 3:59 PM

    17-Inch x 12.5-Inch Roaster with Nonstick Rack

  • sallansd  on  6/3/2018 at 8:50 PM

    the Vegan Dark Chocolate Cupcakes sound yummy!

  • sallansd  on  6/3/2018 at 8:58 PM

    the 17-Inch x 12.5-Inch Roaster with Nonstick Rack would be very handy

  • kkarin  on  6/4/2018 at 7:28 AM

    I would love to make the NY Style Crumb Cake.

  • debbiehb  on  6/4/2018 at 8:17 AM

    I'd like to bake the Salted Caramel Cupcakes

  • hillsboroks  on  6/4/2018 at 9:07 AM

    I would love to try the Rhubarb Ribbon Cake.

  • mpritchard  on  6/4/2018 at 5:28 PM

    I would try the petit fours.

  • mpritchard  on  6/4/2018 at 5:32 PM

    I'd like to try the square springform pan.

  • Katiefayhutson  on  6/5/2018 at 11:41 AM

    Tahini banana snack cake and the 2 piece loaf pan

  • HeatherLynn  on  6/6/2018 at 7:01 AM

    My family would love to try the Boston cream cupcakes!

  • HeatherLynn  on  6/6/2018 at 7:09 AM

    I would love to try out the 14-Inch x 16-Inch Cookie Sheet, Gray from Anolon!

  • LABeachGal  on  6/7/2018 at 1:14 AM

    Salted Caramel Cupcakes sound delicious!

  • LABeachGal  on  6/7/2018 at 1:16 AM

    I would love to have the Anolon Advanced Bronze Nonstick Bakeware 12-Cup Muffin Pan with silicone handle grips!

  • KarenDel  on  6/8/2018 at 1:53 PM

    I would like to make the Cookies and cream cake pops

  • KarenDel  on  6/8/2018 at 1:59 PM

    I would live to have the 10-Piece Bakeware Set in onyx/pewter

  • verorenee  on  6/8/2018 at 5:19 PM

    Salted caramel cupcakes

  • verorenee  on  6/8/2018 at 5:23 PM

    2-QT Oval Au Gratin, Baltic Blue

  • Julia  on  6/8/2018 at 10:05 PM

    Orange fallen chocolate cake and I would be happy with any of the pieces from the bakeware collection.

  • Nancygs  on  6/8/2018 at 10:08 PM

    Jelly roll for sure! And I'd use the sheet pan most.

  • floridagld  on  6/8/2018 at 10:45 PM

    Salted caramel cupcakes for FIL whose favorite cake for birthday is southern caramel cake. This might be easier to make. Lol.

  • JAkers  on  6/9/2018 at 2:47 AM

    Rainbow Cake!

  • rosasharne  on  6/9/2018 at 8:37 AM

    Rainbow cake for me too! It's my five year old friend's favorite.

  • BMeyer  on  6/9/2018 at 9:35 AM

    salted caramel cupcakes

  • floridagld  on  6/9/2018 at 12:38 PM

    so many great anolon products. I like the fluted pan, the meatloaf pan and the roaster with rack too.

  • InAHealthyKitchen  on  6/9/2018 at 3:41 PM

    The Mexican chocolate ice cream torte looks like a good recipe to start with!

  • InAHealthyKitchen  on  6/9/2018 at 3:44 PM

    I need an 10-ounce casserole, and Anolon's blue one is a great color.

  • bangss  on  6/9/2018 at 6:57 PM

    The Mexican chocolate Ice Cream Torte sounds great!

  • sequoia55  on  6/9/2018 at 7:22 PM

    chocolate-beet cupcakes

  • heyjude  on  6/10/2018 at 3:04 AM

    Cream Cheese Coffee Cake baked in a red Anolon Gratin dish

  • tararr  on  6/11/2018 at 6:08 PM

    Pomegranate Walnut Cake

  • ckbkcollector  on  6/11/2018 at 8:53 PM

    Lemon layer cake & 10-Piece Bakeware Set, Umber/Onyx

  • jlh39  on  6/11/2018 at 10:50 PM

    I will start with the lemon-buttermilk sheet cake. Analon's 9-Inch x 13-Inch Covered Cake Pan would be very useful!

  • TheCookbookCook  on  6/19/2018 at 7:44 PM

    Boston Cream cupcakes

  • ltsuk  on  6/21/2018 at 2:01 AM

    blueberry boy bait

  • ladybrooke  on  6/21/2018 at 9:29 AM

    I'd try the lemon pound cake.

  • ladybrooke  on  6/21/2018 at 9:34 AM

    I'd love to own the 9in square springform pan.

  • Shelley.b  on  6/21/2018 at 6:18 PM

    Rainbow cake

  • Shelley.b  on  6/21/2018 at 6:19 PM

    9 inch cake pan

  • thecharlah  on  6/21/2018 at 8:35 PM

    Vegan yellow layer cake

  • lisambb  on  6/23/2018 at 11:43 AM

    I need more coffee cakes in my life.

  • Nancith  on  6/23/2018 at 12:00 PM

    As a fruitcake fan, it would have to be Apricot & cherry modern fruitcake.

  • percussion03  on  6/23/2018 at 9:58 PM

    Maple layer cake and a pizza crisper

  • orchidlady01  on  6/24/2018 at 12:32 AM

    Orange pound cake

  • orchidlady01  on  6/24/2018 at 12:37 AM

    I would love to use the Anolon Vesta Stoneware 9-Inch x 13-Inch Rectangular Baker in Cobalt Blue.

  • curafresh  on  6/24/2018 at 12:39 AM

    Chocolate beet cupcakes

  • keizerfire  on  6/24/2018 at 5:26 AM

    Lavender tea cakes and the spring form pan!!

  • valente347  on  6/24/2018 at 8:29 AM

    I would like to see how their yellow cake recipe stacks up against my favorite from Rose Levy Berenbaum.

  • wildjellybeans  on  6/25/2018 at 7:36 AM

    Salted caramel cupcakes

  • eboogie  on  6/25/2018 at 5:20 PM

    I'd love to make the Maple Layer Cake.

  • Scotsman61  on  6/25/2018 at 10:35 PM

    That carrot-honey layer cake along with

  • Scotsman61  on  6/25/2018 at 10:37 PM

    5 piece bronze bakeware set

  • auntietina  on  6/27/2018 at 2:37 AM

    Chocolate beet cupcakes sounds like a good way to sneak some veggies into my Dad's diet.

  • auntietina  on  6/27/2018 at 2:38 AM

    The cupcake pans with cover look good.

  • VeryVigario  on  6/27/2018 at 7:45 AM

    Maple layer cake

  • VeryVigario  on  6/27/2018 at 7:50 AM

    I would go with a new cookie sheet... I am in desperate need! 11x17

  • tennyogirl  on  6/27/2018 at 12:57 PM

    Carrot-honey layer cake

  • tennyogirl  on  6/27/2018 at 1:08 PM

    I'd like to try the 6-cup Popover Pan!

  • linmin  on  6/27/2018 at 5:45 PM

    Buttermilk Caramel Cake

  • Lafauvette  on  6/28/2018 at 10:25 AM

    Old-fashioned chocolate layer cake and 18-ounce round casserole

  • Sofie168  on  6/28/2018 at 8:43 PM

    The cake on the cover; it's so pretty!

  • jemans  on  7/1/2018 at 12:20 PM

    the blackberry mascarpone lemon sound incredible

  • jemans  on  7/1/2018 at 12:25 PM

    The bronze cookie pan would be very useful!

  • jluvs2bake  on  7/1/2018 at 6:49 PM

    Triple chocolate mousse cake

  • starzine  on  7/2/2018 at 5:40 AM

    I would like to try the Genoise sponge cake.

  • horselady57  on  7/2/2018 at 4:28 PM

    Blackberry-mascarpone lemon cake

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