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The Perfect Cake: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Classic, Unique, and Modern Cakes for Any Occasion by The Editors at America's Test Kitchen

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  • Bananas Foster cake

    • Analyze on February 06, 2019

      So...this is a really delicious cake! I'm not a fan of bananas foster, but still gave it a try, and enjoyed the cake enough to make it twice. If you DO like bananas foster, I would imagine that this cake would be ridiculously good to you. I used the Cook's Illustrated Fluffy Yellow Layer Cake recipe for the yellow cake layers. The banana-rum-cinnamon caramel filling is delicious. The frosting is great if you like a little booze in your dessert; that's not really my thing (or my husband's), but it's not the cake's fault :) The rum-caramel drizzle is divine, and would be amazing on ice cream. If you're contemplating making this cake because the flavors appeal to you, DO IT! :)

  • Blueberry boy bait

    • stef on August 08, 2018

      Made recipe almost as written. Had excess sour cream so used half sour cream half milk. Baked in 45 minutes on convection.

  • Icebox margarita cheesecake

    • sqhall on February 21, 2019

      This had a good flavor, with a unique pretzel crust. No one could figure out what it was. It is a lighter-style "cheesecake." I received lots of compliments.

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  • Eat Your Books by Jenny Hartin

    America's Test Kitchen's The Perfect Cake (and their earlier The Perfect Cookie) books are must-haves in any baker's kitchen.

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  • ISBN 10 1945256265
  • ISBN 13 9781945256264
  • Published Mar 27 2018
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 448
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher America's Test Kitchen

Publishers Text

Gathering together years of baking knowledge in their first-ever cake book, America's Test Kitchen offers a comprehensive collection of recipes for any cake you can imagine--from better-than-the-rest yellow cake layers for birthday parties to fanciful creations and elegant holiday desserts.

Cakes are the ultimate all-occasion dessert. Whether you are looking for a party-worthy cake that's sure to bring smiles or a rustic treat for any time, America's Test Kitchen has the perfect recipe in this definitive guide to cake baking. The Perfect Cake opens with a valuable chapter of mix-and-match layer cakes, frostings, and fillings, allowing anyone to find just the combination they're looking for. The following chapters traverse a range of styles, touching on easy crowd-pleasers, sky-high stunners, American classics, holiday cakes, charming minature cakes, and more. Rigorously tested to ensure the perfect outcome, these never-fail recipes will improve any baker's game, from White Cake Layers with an ultradowny crumb to a perfectly domed Pound Cake, a New York Cheesecake with a browned surface (and no cracks), and superlatively chocolaty Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes. Discover new techniques and flavors with a Blueberry Jam Cake frosted in a stunning ombré pattern, a sweet-salty Chocolate-Caramel Layer Cake, and a naked-sided Blackberry-Lemon Mascarpone Cake. And as only the test kitchen can, we fill the book with insight on everything from batter mixing methods to slicing cakes into multiple even layers.

The Table of Contents:
Introduction
Chapter 1: Build-a-Cake: Mix-and-Match Layers and Frostings
Chapter 2: Cupcakes, Cake Pops, Mug Cakes, and More
Chapter 3: Crowd-Pleasing Sheet Cakes
Chapter 4: Sky-High Cakes
Chapter 5: Elegant Cakes and Tortes
Chapter 6: Great American Cakes
Chapter 7: Celebrate! Holiday Cakes
Chapter 8: Snack Cakes and Rustic Fruit Cakes
Chapter 9: Pound Cakes, Bundt Cakes and Tube Cakes
Chapter 10: Cool Down: Cheesecakes, Ice Cream, and Icebox


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