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  • 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 (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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In the eighth of the River Cottage Handbook series, Pam Corbin offers an appealing guide to baking perfect cakes

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Heather on 18 Jun 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 By The Dalai Farmer on 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 By Hallie on 19 Mar 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on 31 May 2011
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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 By AHunt on 31 Mar 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris M HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 16 Nov 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have owned this book since it was released and if making a cake I often use this book in conjunction with Delia’s cakes; another fantastic book on cakes by the way.

This book by Pam Corbin is, in short, fantastic.

There are 7 sections in the book:

Getting Started
Fillers and Toppers
Small Cakes and Bakes
Big Cakes
Fruity Cakes and Gingerbread
Party Cakes
Useful Things (this section is mainly conversion charts and stockist info)

The first section ‘Getting Started’ is a wonderful reference to all things cake, from ingredients and how their functions differ (such as different flours etc), to baking equipment and bake o glide being the satin of baking… which I would have to agree with.

If you have the book and haven’t read this first section I would recommend that you do, it improves your baking knowledge immediately!

Then the recipes are equally brilliant and we have had some fantastic results from this book.

The format of the book is the same as all others from the River Cottage series (I also own Veg and Bread). There are wonderful, inspiration images smattered throughout the book and the paper and book has a wonderful touch and feel to them. This book would make a wonderful gift for anyone that loves baking; they’d be sure to enjoy it.

I bake regularly from this little book, it’s inspirational and informative, I have no criticisms whatsoever, a fantastic book.
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