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Cakes: River Cottage Handbook No.8 [Hardcover]

Pam Corbin
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Book Description

7 Mar 2011 River Cottage Handbook (Book 8)

Baking is the most comforting and entirely satisfying of the culinary

arts - making a cake is not only a sumptuous process in its own right

but the end result is entirely delicious.

Pam Corbin offers the voice of experience, setting out basic techniques

and recipes that will guarantee success. This is traditional baking at

its very best,

with over 75 adaptable recipes including Macaroons, Meringues, Fairy

Cakes (and their counterpart - Gnome Cakes), the classic Victoria

Sandwich, Rhubarb Pudding Cake, Walnut Cake, Banana Breakfast Muffins, Orange Cake with Earl Grey Icing, and the glorious Battenberg

Cake with its distinctive pink and yellow checks. As a finishing touch,

there is a section devoted to sweet embellishments like feather icing,

crystallised violets and chocolate leaves.

Say goodbye to sinking sponges and brittle brownies with this

comprehensive guide to the heavenly world of cake making, introduced by

Hugh Fearnley-Whittinstall.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (7 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408808595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408808597
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the eighth of the River Cottage Handbook series, Pam

Corbin offers an appealing guide to baking perfect


About the Author

Pam Corbin has been making preserves for as long as she can remember,

and for more than twenty years her passion has been her business. Pam

and her husband Hugh moved to Devon where they bought an old pig farm

and converted it into a small jam factory. Always using good,

wholesome, seasonal ingredients, their products, sold under the

Thursday Cottage label, soon became firm favourites with jam-lovers the

world over.

Pam has now hung up her professional wooden spoon but continues to

'jam' at home. She also works closely with the River Cottage team,

making seasonal goodies using fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers from

her own garden, from Park Farm, and from the fields and hedgerows.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book of cakes 18 Jun 2011
By Heather
This is the best cake book since Nigella's How to Be a Domestic Goddess came out in 2000. Pam Corbin has a lovely warm writing style, and she is similar to Nigella in the way she introduces each recipe with an interesting little history, as if they are friends she knows we'll get along with really well. Pam achieves exactly the right amount of intimacy with her reader - not too chummy nor distantly school-marmish.

I've tried four recipes so far, all delicious, including the hazelnut macaroons I made for a friend with allergies, and which I'd doubted because of the absence of butter and flour. I can't wait to make more treats even though I'm supposed to be on a diet.

I don't agree with the reviewer who complained there was nothing particularly different about this book. Where else can you find a recipe for home made Cornish fairings, jammy dodgers and chocolate bourbons? Another plus is that there is none of the ubiquitous cupcake - I can forgive the brief aside where she suggests making tiny Victoria sponges in cupcake format.

Although Pam says she's not an expert cake decorator, I particularly love the section on fillers and toppings, which is packed with brilliant and imaginative ideas - as well as being a useful reference for classics like royal icing. One day I'm determined to make some crystallised flowers, they look so lovely in the pictures.

This is a beautifully compact, nicely produced, life affirming book. Just try not to look at it while you're on a diet.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ol' Pam The Jam! 19 Mar 2011
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I pre-ordered this because I have all the other RC handbooks and this was the latest one. There are some brilliant recipes and some real classics. It's just slightly disappointing because there isn't anything that's really new or different. If this is your first Baking Book, you'll love it - and the instructions are helpful and include a lot of useful little tips. However, if you're a cookery book collector, an experienced cook or a real cake-baking fan it's probably not what you're looking for.

Great feel and size, just like all the other handbooks - if you haven't got all the others, you should!!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best little cake book ever! 19 Mar 2011
By Hallie
I happened to be visiting River Cottage where the author was signing copies and bought one on a whim. In the 2 weeks since then I have bought 2 more as gifts for cake-loving friends as this irrestible little book is a real treasure trove. I have tried 4 recipes so far and each has turned out beautifully (flapjacks, hazelnut macaroons, coffee and walnut cake, brownies)- I'm trying the dog biscuits next! The author includes just enough useful background (how heavy each size of egg is (great for people with hens like me), best types of ingredients, cake tins etc. together with her own down-to-earth baking tips to make it a very practical, compact and easy to read handbook. Indispensible!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great little book 31 May 2011
This is a really great little book. Very useful with recipes for all possible baking situations. I bought this book when I realised a had a real gap in my cook book collection for traditional English tea time recipes. I live in New Zealand now and miss traditional English teas.

There are the usual expected recipes for victoria sandwich cake, carrot cake and christmas cake. However, lesser known cakes and biscuits are included like the old fashioned cornish fairings and a very good apple cake recipe to name but two. I have tried out a few of the recipes and all have worked well so far, even with the over enthusiastic assistance of a 6 year old boy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most wonderful little book 31 Mar 2011
By AHunt
I bought the River Cottage Cake Handbook a few weeks ago and have already baked lots of the recipes - with absolutely perfect and delicious results! Recipes tried so far: chocolate brownies (the best I have EVER made - and I have tried a lot of recipes!), Welsh cakes, Bake-off cookies, breakfast muffins, Salt caramel shortbread, Seville orange cake, Coffee and walnut cake and Rhubarb pudding cake (a particular favourite). Can't wait to try more!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crumbs! 26 Feb 2011
By Jante
I own rather alot of cookery books in particular, baking! As do alot of other people. Received this book recently, and have been pouring over it ever since. the first section of the book covers everything from Mixing bowls to Xanthum gum!plus, much,much more. Plenty of tips and ideas for making cakes, for everyone and most occasions. If you are considering 'Elevenses with a Lumberjack', go right ahead there is the perfect recipe to tempt him, within this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars River Cottage Cakes 20 Jun 2011
As a South African living in England, I had almost given up trying to bake cakes because all my South African recipes were a total disaster - something to do with the different kind of flour, I believe.

I am a great fan of the River Cottage shows and often log onto their site to see what they are up to. I have one really fantastic family recipe book of theirs which is my favourite. Then, on the website I saw this book for cakes, which looked simple and was reasonably priced.

I have now made three of the cakes which have all been successes. My favourite is the chocolate cake with chocolate fudge icing. An absolute no-no as far as calories are concerned but so delicious that when my husband took the left overs to the office the next day, his colleagues actually ended up licking the plate!

I call that a good cake!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
All the River Cottage Handbooks I've tried are excellent and this one is no different. An comprehensive guide to making cakes, easy to understand, easy to follow and superb... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Poppyandpaul
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Have other books in series so this was as expected
Published 2 months ago by Sheila Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by W. J. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Scrummy cakes
Easy to follow different recipes
Published 2 months ago by mary ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars You need this book!
This book is a must have in your kitchen. The book I go to most often, alongside Mary Berry. I love all the River Cottage books but this one has narrative that makes you feel you... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Illymerrynieps
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book
Have tried quite a few and even my husband made the chocolate bounty cake .my best one so far is the cider cake.
Published 5 months ago by christine gullick
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE cake book to own.
Pam Corbin really knows what she's talking about and as yet I haven't had one failed recipe. Instructions are clear with just enough personal input from the expert author. Read more
Published 7 months ago by JJ Glebe
5.0 out of 5 stars Ummmmmm!
This is a must for cake lovers, the recipies work and I have had compliments on cakes I have made using these recipes
Published 11 months ago by Chicky Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it.
I have already baked several recipes from this book, they are all a big hit. I like the tips and advice section. Read more
Published 11 months ago by mrs maria jeanette gravell
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely book
A nice selection of cakes - mostly quite simple, nothing too fancy, but some new ideas. I like the layout of each recipe and the 'tone' of the author.
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