- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (7 Mar. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408808595
- ISBN-13: 978-1408808597
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.6 x 20.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cakes: River Cottage Handbook No.8 Hardcover – 7 Mar 2011
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If you have yet to come across the River Cottage Handbooks, I can't recommend them enough (Rachel Khoo, Daily Mail)
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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.
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.
Great feel and size, just like all the other handbooks - if you haven't got all the others, you should!!!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have to say I'm a little disappointed with this book, was expecting much better
Seems that the cooking times are way off (I always end up cooking the cakes for about 20 mins... Read more
I found some recipes in this book did not produce good results. I am a reasonable baker and cook and so I don't think I can take all the blame, as I use other books without... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful recipes for those who love to eat and bake cakes. Clear and straightforward instructions for novices. Lovely and inspiring illustrations. Read morePublished 6 months ago by MEW
I love this cook book. There are some delicious recipes and they always work.Published 6 months ago by Tinders
There are two reasons why this baking book surpasses all others: Number one, it magically has every recipe that I decide to search my cake books for--rock buns, banana bread,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by MaidofDartmoor
Honestly the best cake recipe book I have ever had. I am working my way through every cake listed and they all turn out a treat. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mrs. S. J. Casson