The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum

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    1989 International Association of Culinary Professionals Award Winner

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    1989 International Association of Culinary Professionals Award Winner

  • Eat Your Books

    1989 International Association of Culinary Professionals Award Winner

  • chawkins on June 13, 2013

    Notable recipes per 101 classic cookbooks: all-occasion Downey yellow butter cake, blueberry swan lake cake,Cordon Rose chocolate christmas log, chocolate oblivion truffle torte, Cordon Rose banana cake, Cordon Rose cream cheesecake, golden almond cake, lemon poppy seed pound cake, neoclassic buttercream, orange-glow chiffon cake, pineapple upside-down cake, Swiss black forest cake.

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  • Base formula for butter cakes

    • hshubin on May 03, 2014

      Made two 10" pans and frosted with dark chocolate ganache. The book didn't give an exact baking time for 10" pans and it got a bit dry before the center seemed set. Served 33+ people with "event-style" servings (larkcakeshop.com/CakeServeGuide2.pdf?) and everyone liked it.

  • Cordon rose cream cheesecake

    • mirage on January 17, 2010

      The white chocolate cheesecake variation is very good.

  • Dacquoise

    • caitmcg on July 29, 2014

      A warning on this recipe: While the dacquoise itself is good, the instruction to bake it on a pan lined with ungreased foil is not. Mine stuck irretrievably; I was finally able to scrape it off in little bits, but it was not usable for the purpose for which I made it (as a layer in a larger cake).

  • Buttermilk country cake

    • Lindacakes on July 17, 2011

      This is a superb cake, velvety in texture, not unlike a cheesecake. It is a bit dense and feels dry as you swallow it -- best if served with something wet like cream and/or fruit. Better the next day.

    • mamacrumbcake on July 11, 2015

      This is our family's first choice whenever a yellow butter cake is needed. It is delicious, soft, and tender. It is perfect for layer cakes, but is also wonderful plain, or with a little fruit and whipped cream. UPDATE June 2016: I recently made this cake with a different paddle on my mixer (the kind that scrapes the bowl while mixing). The texture of the cake was completely different this time--very fine grained and dense like pound cake. It was still an outstanding cake, just not as soft and light as it has been when mixed with a standard kitchenaid paddle. My guess is that the new paddle beats more vigorously and develops the gluten more. I've been making this cake for more than 25 years and it has never had a pound cake texture before. Either way, the cake was irresistible.

  • Perfect pound cake

    • schambers on February 11, 2011

      made the lemon poppy seed variation

    • omegabeth on June 16, 2019

      Made this in a 9x5 pyrex loaf pan; it needed foil at 40 minutes, and was done at 50. I also used about a half a cup of vanilla sugar in place of the same amount of white sugar. The butter flavor is very distinct; crumb is close and dense, and is perfect to use as a base for strawberry short cake.

    • yassoma on August 05, 2018

      Made the lemon poppy seed variation for my coworkers and they LOVED it. I want it higher next time, and for it to look it came from a bakery, so I might double the recipe.

    • anya_sf on December 16, 2019

      To me this is truly the perfect pound cake. My pan was 8.5"x4.5" so the cake was a bit short, but still rose beautifully. I didn't bother covering it with foil as I don't mind a browner top. The texture was perfectly soft and tender.

    • ashallen on October 13, 2019

      Made the Lemon Poppy Seed version. Very good lemon flavor - one of the more lemony versions of lemon poppy seed cake I've made. I substituted bleached all purpose flour for the cake flour specified in the recipe and I think that negatively affected the texture - will try again with cake flour as specified.

  • White spice pound cake

    • schambers on February 11, 2011

      8x4 pan will do fine. Spicing is more delicate than I expected; the cocoa is not noticeable.

    • mfto on January 29, 2011

      Neither my husband or I liked this cake. The flavor was great but the consistency was not what we expect in a pound cake. It was more like a regular mix cake. However, I plan to use the flavorings in another pound cake recipe.

  • Buttermilk waffles

    • schambers on February 11, 2011

      It seems like a lot of butter, but this makes the best non-yeast waffles. Extremely tender.

    • sarahgilbert on January 07, 2012

      I made them with whole wheat pastry flour and my kids loved them! It'll be my go-to recipe.

    • kitchen_chick on September 08, 2018

      Light tender texture and the rich butter flavor, which isn’t surprising given both the buttermilk and the huge amount if butter in the recipe. If you want a sturdier waffle, this is not the recipe for that. I think sugar doesn’t belong in pancakes and waffles. That’s what your toppings are for! And there’s a nice flavor balance when everything - waffles and toppings - isn’t sweet.

    • Alowishs on April 02, 2016

      I had to force myself to follow this recipe exactly and trust the author. No sugar in the ingredients? Can't be true. Luckily the syrup made up for lack of sugar in the waffles. But really, they were pretty tasty even without sugar. The author even explains why separating the yolk from the whites, then whipping the whites is unnecessary with waffles. Loving this book.

    • Smokeydoke on February 28, 2017

      Not a fan, this isn't what I think of when I want waffles. I like my waffles sturdier with a yeast-y flavor that can hold up to toppings. This waffle is soft and very eggy, like an Eggo (blech).

    • Cathyschuh on April 05, 2020

      I will not make again. Too buttery, too tendery limp like even when browned well in iron.

  • Marion Cunningham's raised waffles

    • tunnymowg on April 15, 2011

      This is a great recipe and really easy to put together since you do more than half of it the night before. The texture is wonderfully light and the "yeasty" flavor is so nice!

  • Cordon rose banana cake

    • chawkins on December 20, 2015

      Great cake for my slightly over-ripe bananas, light and fluffy and easy to put together. had to bake it for the high end of time-range given. Paired very well with the sour cream ganache which I only made half of the recipe and was enough to cover the whole cake.

    • panbiscotti29 on March 20, 2015

      One of the best cakes ever--made this at least 10 or 15 times when my boys were young, and for grownup cakes, too! I love it with sour-cream ganache, and with white-chocolate icing, too. I have always had to bake it longer than the recipe suggests, but I always test and never go strictly by what a recipe says, as I've had some touchy ovens.

    • Twistie on October 07, 2015

      One of my favorite cakes of all time. It's ridiculously easy to make, gloriously delicious, and always a hit with friends, family, and neighbors. I always pair it with the sour cream chocolate ganache. Why mess with perfection?

    • Dannausc on March 11, 2018

      Pretty decent. The lemon was an interesting twist.

  • Blueberry buttermilk pancakes

    • chawkins on June 23, 2012

      Light and tender. Excellent pancakes.

  • Sour cream ganache

    • chawkins on December 20, 2015

      Could not be easier, just melt the chocolate in the microwave and fold in room temperature sour cram and in my case I use low-fat yogurt. Since I did not have enough yogurt nor chocolate to make a whole recipe, I halved it and had enough to cover the whole Cordon Rose banana cake.

  • Chocolate lover's angel food cake

    • hillsboroks on July 19, 2019

      Words can barely describe how luscious this cake is. Not only does it have a great chocolate flavor but it is the absolute lightest and moistest cake I have ever made. I took the advice on angel cakes from "The Science of Good Cooking" and substituted fine baking sugar for the granulated sugar called for. I served it with Boysenberry Curd from "The Berry Bible" and Apricot Ice Cream from "Chez Panisse Desserts." In nothing flat the cake plate was empty and people were licking their plates. This is most definitely a keeper cake.

    • Zosia on May 09, 2020

      This was a delicious way to use up my stash of frozen egg whites. The cake was very tall (it rose above the rim of the pan), had a very light, airy crumb and tasted of milk chocolate.

  • Golden almond cake

    • purpleshiny on May 31, 2013

      Best almond cake I've made or had. I've done cupcakes and a wedding cake with this recipe - wonderful texture and wonderful almond flavor. Scales beautfully.

    • Zosia on April 26, 2014

      Rich and dense but very moist and flavourful. I made a pecan variation, substituting toasted pecans for the almonds (and omitting the almond extract), to pair with maple neoclassic buttercream.

    • mzgourmand on September 28, 2019

      Family favorite for birthday cakes and any happy occasion! The non-chocoalholics love having another cake option and it is absolutely delicious. We usually just serve it with creme fraiche and raspberries and call it a day.

  • Milk chocolate buttercream

    • purpleshiny on May 31, 2013

      Extremely easy recipe with great results. Must use best quality milk chocolate though.

    • ashallen on December 31, 2019

      This is a delicious and denser than average frosting. The author's description "...like eating a slightly softened bar of your favorite milk chocolate..." is spot-on.

  • Neoclassic buttercream

    • Zosia on April 26, 2014

      Made with egg yolks, this is a rich, creamy buttercream with a silky texture. I made the maple variation to pair with a pecan cake - delicious!

    • mamacrumbcake on June 05, 2016

      I just love a sure thing and this buttercream never fails. I have made the chocolate and mocha variations and they are delicious.

  • Chocolate cloud roll

    • Zosia on February 07, 2019

      Souffle-like with an intense chocolate flavour. I filled it with dark chocolate mousse from Baking Chez Moi for a delicious dinner party dessert. The almonds are optional.

  • Biscuit roulade

    • Zosia on December 26, 2019

      I made the chocolate version and filled it with white chocolate whipped cream. It was baked in 5.5 minutes in my oven. The edges were a little dry so I think a slightly lower temperature and longer baking time might work better. The edges softened once the cake was rolled with cream filling and the overall texture was light and spongey. It was good but I do wish it had a more intense chocolate flavour.

  • Orange glow chiffon cake

    • Zosia on February 15, 2014

      Gorgeous cake! Perfect moist and airy texture and lovely orange flavour. A showstopper - it's very tall - that requires no extra embellishment.

    • mamacrumbcake on May 01, 2015

      Agree with Zosia--Love it!

  • Lime curd

    • Zosia on April 17, 2015

      My go-to recipe. It has fabulous lime flavour without being too tart or sweet and a smooth, silky texture.

  • Light Italian meringue

    • Zosia on March 23, 2017

      This is my go-to recipe whenever a meringue topping is required. It's stable, easily piped and uses less sugar than most.

  • Lemon glow chiffon cake

    • mamacrumbcake on June 05, 2016

      This is simple but such an impressive cake--tall, moist, and beautiful. It is great plain (try toasting it too) and very nice with some whipped cream and fresh berries.

  • Golden wheat carrot ring

    • Frogcake on February 28, 2017

      Not my favourite carrot cake. Mine turned out more like a pudding -was not fond of this texture and I don't believe I did anything wrong. Wouldn't make this again.

  • Chocolate oblivion truffle torte

    • Frogcake on December 31, 2016

      OMG! This quite the decadent torte! So rich, and so easy to make! I appreciate the credit given to Bonnie Stern in her role developing the recipe. I wasn't so optimistic making this as I lacked some basic equipment in my kitchen away from home, including a whisk and springform pan. Despite some challenges, I can declare success. Would definitely make this again. I will serve this tonight with fresh berries, mint and lightly sweetened whipped cream to welcome the New Year.

    • Frogcake on December 31, 2016

      Note to self: I used Baker's premium dark chocolate, five slabs (70 percent cacao), which worked well.

  • Pumpkin-walnut ring

    • Smokeydoke on November 23, 2016

      A very lovely cake, moist and tasty. The pumpkin and walnut flavor shine through. Without the chocolate glaze, it is not sweet and can be served for breakfast. Old school. I liked it but there's better pumpkin cake recipes out there. Cake is smaller than it looks, only came up halfway on my bundt pan.

  • Sour cream coffee cake

    • Dannausc on April 03, 2020

      I added 1 t. Cardamom to the streusel topping/filling mix. It was quite good but a little more involved than other coffee cake recipes I’ve made lately.

  • Lemon curd

    • deanasma on August 07, 2019

      Perfect Lemon curd and you'd expect nothing less from this author. The trick is to let it get to 196 F in a slow controlled way. The curd sets up entirely if you make sure it gets this hot. If you measure by weight as I do, err on this side of a bit more yolk and juice than too little.

  • Orange curd

    • ashallen on January 02, 2020

      This is an excellent orange curd recipe - thick, spreadable texture and tart, aromatic flavor. I used a mixture of juices from some unusually sour clementines, an unusually sour navel orange, and a small lemon - great way to use citrus I had planned to eat raw (except the lemon!) but found to be too tart. The curd was excellent with or without the orange zest - the zest did add more flavor complexity (and a few bitter notes to balance the sweetness). Leftovers froze well.

    • Beebopalulu on January 25, 2020

      Possibly the tastiest thing ever.

  • Stabilized whipped cream

    • ashallen on September 19, 2019

      This came out quite thick and frosting-like - definitely less volume than typical whipped cream. It still had excellent whipped cream flavor, however. I used it for a cream pie but thought the texture would have been better suited to frosting a cake. It did a great job of staying stable on a covered pie in the refrigerator. I'm not sure I got the expected result, though - I used an organic powdered sugar that contains tapioca starch vs. the usual cornstarch found in most non-organic powdered sugars and tapioca's typically a much stronger thickener. It'll be good to try this recipe again with regular cornstarch-containing powdered sugar and see if that makes a difference in the consistency of the cream.

  • Chestnut genoise

    • ashallen on July 29, 2019

      This turned out comically bad for me. The cake layers were simultaneously heavy, dry, and gritty. Recipe says you should be able to trim off cake layer tops and bottoms and still have a 1" of cake left - my layers were too short to even consider trimming. Since Rose Levy Beranbaum is so meticulous about testing and writing her recipes, I'm assuming something was very off with my technique - and/or maybe my chestnut flour wasn't finely ground enough.

  • Golden Grand Marnier cake

    • ashallen on August 29, 2019

      Very good cake that slices well but has a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Bittersweet chocolate and orange flavors work great together. Orange syrup's important for sweetness, flavor and moistness - don't skip. Using triple sec in place of Grand Marnier worked fine. Some tweaks for the next time... Used 60% bittersweet chocolate and it overpowered the orange flavors a bit - try a lower percentage. I cut my chocolate chunks a bit bigger than mini chips and they largely sank in the batter - cut smaller next time. Baked until 205F in center - would probably be better coming out at 195-200F. Used a heavy black 9-cup bundt pan and cake was done at 40-45 minutes vs. 55-65 minutes as specified in recipe - too fast! Cake top ridged up and outer crust was on the brown side. Will turn down oven 25F next time or use this as an excuse to get a new, non-black bundt pan!

  • Cocoa soufflé roll

    • Beebopalulu on January 25, 2020

      Beatifully light. Makes a great buche de noel, with the added benefit of being gluten free.

  • Fruit cloud cream

    • Beebopalulu on January 25, 2020

      Made with orange curd and used as buche de noel filling. Spectacular!

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