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Delia's Cakes [Hardcover]

Delia Smith
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Book Description

28 Feb 2013

Delia's Book of Cakes was first published in 1977, and such is the staying power of this 35-year-old phenomenon, it has never been out of print.

Now, to celebrate its success, it has undergone a complete contemporary makeover. It still retains the much-loved favourites that have stood the test of time, but now alongside them there are new recipes, new ideas, new ingredients, and new and simpler methods. Over 90% of the recipes in the book have been tested gluten-free.

From timeless classics like coffee and walnut sponge and old-fashioned cherry cake, to seasonal classice like Christmas and simnel cake, to exciting new recipes such as iced hidden strawberry cup cakes and chunky marmalade muffins, Delia brings her touch of baking magic to your kitchen.

All this is as you would expect from Delia: easy accessible recipes, carefully tested, and utterly to be trusted.

Quite simply - as then, so now - the only book of cakes you'll ever need is Delia's Cakes.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (28 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444734814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444734812
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here's every sweet treat you'll ever need to bake. (Heat 2013-04-06)

Total reliability is what you want in baking and it's guaranteed with Delia (BBC Good Food 2013-03-08)

Less pouty than Nigella, less ubiquitous than Jamie, less swear-y than Gordon, Delia learnt to cook, aged 21 to impress a new boyfriend. She went on to teach the nation to do the same, selling 21 million books and become our bestselling cookery author (Daily Telegraph 2013-05-11)

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The only cake book you'll ever need, from Britain's best-loved and most-trusted cook.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What to bake first 4 Mar 2013
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I could not wait to get this book and at first view I want to try all the recipes. My husband and I are debating what to try first. The book has even inspired my other half to bake a cake ( that's a first) . Every recipe has a picture which I love as it lets you see what your cake SHOULD look like. Delia as usual has a lovely way of explaining things and she really inspires you to have a go and that everyone can make a cake. So far iv tried one recipe and it was delicious and even resembled the picture. I'm going to have to ration my baking to one cake a week or else I will be resembling one of the big fat muffins.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old Delia! 17 Nov 2013
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I wanted this book especially as it had a selection of egg-less recipes and they are wonderful, especially if you have anyone with an egg allergy. The Marmalade cake is lovely. This book is up to Delia's usual high standard and everything turns out well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 18 Feb 2014
By Damon
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Really good looking book. I understand what some reviewers have said about the font colour and justification used for the ingredients lists. It does make them awkward to read but I found I got used to it quickly and had no problem in good light. At least Delia is now listing the ingredients in the order used, a big improvement on previous books. Every recipe has a photo which is great. Most important of all, every recipe I've tried so far has come out perfectly, I'm a bit of a cookbook junkie and know that you can't say that often. I've used some of her tins for recipes where I had nothing similar and they were also great. Good old Delia!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab! 8 Feb 2014
I love this book because it's pretty yet practical. I have to say that I don't agree with opinions that the 'stylish' approach doesn't work - I think it's lovely - although I can see how people with less than perfect eyesight may find the text difficult.
As for the recipes - it's refreshing to find a book with recipes I would actually use and recipes that really do turn out as you expect. I have a host of books that have impossibly complex recipes that never turn out the way they should do. I think this is a real gem.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent purchase 17 Nov 2013
By Lindaz
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This book is great; good down to earth recipes. Have tried about four recipes already and they worked perfectly. Book is very nicely illustrated. As mentioned by an earlier reviewer, the ingredients listings are in too light a font and a bit hard to see. I recommended the book to my daughter and ordered one for her and she loved it too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winner which ever way you look at it 11 Nov 2013
By Manxted
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Bought a copy of this after losing my original Evening News edition. A superb range of recipes, beautiful photographs and a bargain price. Bought four more copies for friends as presents. A must if you enjoy cakes and biscuits. Brilliant.
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delia's Cakes... a beautiful book but... 2 Mar 2013
I have had a copy of Delia's Cakes since it came out in paperback in the 1970s, and my original copy is falling apart now, I have used it to much over the years. So I was delighted that the new version would be coming out in hardback, which should make it much more robust for kitchen use.

And beautiful it is, with a very attractive wipeclean cover, no dust sleeve (which is much more practical for a cookery book I think. I have lots of lovely books with very tatty dust jackets) the pictures are perfect, not over styled, but look as though they would be easily achievable by a normal home cook. And many of my old favourites are included along with new recipes, including muffins that weren't in the 1970s version.

And yet I am rather irritated. Delia has made it very clear that she doesn't want to produce books or television programmes that are only for entertainment. She wants to teach people how to cook. So why in this book that is designed to work alongside her new online cookery school are certain important sections in pale sage green - oh so stylish, oh so hard to read when working from a book stand in the kitchen? And why are the ingredients in little pale green blocks?

There is a reason why ingredients are given in a list form, each item on its own line. It is so that it is easy to check that you have included everything. This book has ingredients in a little paragraph, with up to three ingredients on each line. And in the pale sage green typeface, that is impossible to read from a distance I feel sure that it will be easy to miss things.

To me, that makes this a coffee table book format, not a practical work book. So disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well put together cake book 20 Mar 2014
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I bought this book as a gift for my 17 year old daughter who is getting into baking. After looking at the alternatives I thought this book was easy to follow and had a wide range of cakes including the popular styles. My daughter loves it and has made some delicious cakes using Deliahs recipes. i am glad I chose this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery, Like Brand New
Very pleased with this purchase, its an amazing book that arrived quickly and was like brand new.
Published 2 days ago by Miss E. G. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book.
Delia at her best. Beautiful book with foolproof recipes. Sometimes I feel she overcomplicates the ingredients (for instance, asking for roasted pecans in the carrot cake recipe. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Magumo
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book at a bargain price of only GBP5 - ...
This is a great book at a bargain price of only GBP5 - what's not to like. I have tried some of the cupcakes and they didn't disappoint and I love the lovely photographs in the... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Eli
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 days ago by teresa mc cusker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good update on her original book which has now been donated to a charity shop. Delivered promptly
Published 12 days ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars My wife finds the recipe type colour hard to read ...
My wife finds the recipe type colour hard to read. It would be more sensible to have been black on white. Otherwise she loves the book.
Published 21 days ago by Arnie G
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
You gotta love Delia....!
Published 26 days ago by Marguerite Skehan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good variety of cakes and biscuits for different occasions
Published 27 days ago by Naomi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
exactly as described and prompt delivery.
Published 29 days ago by Nick Hale
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This book has some lovely recipes. I've tried a few so far and most have tasted great, particularly the cheesecake.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. J. E. Wright
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