“If you’re going to eat dessert, it ought to be homemade and also really flipping good,” writes Christie Matheson, author of Cake Simple. I agree with the cookbook — no ifs, ands, or ‘bundts.’ That’s right, I’m referring to bundt cakes, the subject of our current Book of the Month. Just like Peter Pan collars and cateye frames, bundt cakes are back with a modern zip. Cake Simple serves up a well-rounded array of bundt cake recipes that you’ve got to check out.
Even though I went straight for the chocolate-laden recipes, I found equally enticing selections of all flavors. From the Spiced Dulce de Leche adorning the cover to the imaginative Vanilla-Pink Peppercorn, this book appeals to a variety of palates.
For this review, I made the S’mores Cake. It calls for rich ingredients like buttermilk and brown sugar, adding a satisfying multidimensional flavor. I had a hard time making the marshmallow goop icing, though I may have been more successful if I had a candy thermometer. Regardless, the results were delicioso!
The book is helpful and easy to use. If you’re accustomed to the metric system, there’s no need to convert a thing — metric measurements are listed alongside the U.S. customary measurements within the recipes. As mentioned above, recipes range from the classic to the sophisticated. And, get this, there’s an entire chapter on minis! The photographs, by Alex Farnum, are beautiful, but too few are far between.
Overall, this book is a must-have for the baker of any level. It highlights the simple elegance of the bundt, a cake which doesn’t need such fancy additions like fondant and icing roses. If you’re looking for an impressive dessert to present this holiday season, Cake Simple can help ease that baking stress. If you need a gift for the vintage-loving baker, Cake Simple is perfect! Want to win a copy? Answer the discussion question for a chance!
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