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Mary Berry's Ultimate Cake Book: Over 200 Classic Recipes [Hardcover]

Mary Berry
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Book Description

13 Oct 1994
THis is a collection of over 200 recipes many of which are old favourites, traditional recipes but with new slants, emphasizing quicker finishes and easy decoration, for cakes that have style and quality. "Mary Berry's Ultimate Cake Book" is a guide for both the beginner and the experienced cook. In addition to basic methods outlined in the main introduction, Berry explains where extra care is needed and gives advice on choosing the best ingredients and equipment and storing cakes. A question-and-answer section to clarify any baking myths has been included, as has information on what to do to retrieve possible disasters. There's a special chapter on chocolate cakes, including Wicked Chocolate Brownies and Squidgy Chocolate Cake. Meringues, creamy cheesecakes and easy-to-make tray bakes (where the cake is cooked, cooled and iced in one tin) are also included. Special occasions and social functions are catered for and there are plenty of inexpensive ideas for the year-round requests to contribute to fetes and bazaars.


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; first edition (13 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563367903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563367901
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mary Berry is the author of more than sixty cookery books, including her bestselling Aga book. She has presented several television cookery series and is a regular guest on programmes such as 'Saturday Cooks'. She contributes to radio programmes and cookery magazines, and is loved for her practical and unfussy approach to preparing and serving food. She gives many demonstrations around the country and when at home loves being with her family and tending to her lovely garden, her other great passion.

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Book Description

Classic recipes for delectable cakes from Mary Berry, Britain's favourite cake baking expert --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mary Berry is the Queen of Cakes. After training at the Paris Cordon Bleu, Mary started her career as cookery editor of Housewife and Ideal Home magazines. Much-loved for her trusted recipes and experienced advice, she has been teaching the nation to bake for over 30 years. In 2004, Mary was voted Top 3 by BBC Good Food for 'Most Reliable Celebrity Cook Book' alongside Jamie Oliver and Delia Smith. One of Britain's foremost cookery writers, she has written over 40 cookery books. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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96 of 98 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mary Berry's Ultimate Cake Book 20 Oct 2005
Format:Paperback
I bought this book in January this year. I am at the beginner end of the scale and have found it an extremely good book with good explanations and helpful tips. I am about to purchase a second copy for my nephew's Christmas present as we have done quite a few recipes from it so far, with great success. The millionaire's shortbread goes down a storm every time and is very straightforward and a new favourite is the chocolate birthday cake, very rich and gorgeous. I would highly recommend this book as the recipes do not talk down to the reader at all but at the same time do not assume that the reader has any prior experience. All recipes have been successful first time and develops confidence, especially for those like myself who are just starting out. I am about to embark on my first Christmas cake and wouldn't consider using any other recipe other than Mary Berry's.
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85 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cakes to die for! 9 Feb 2006
Format:Paperback
I bought this book a few months ago and have made several different cakes from it, and each one has tasted wonderful! My husband and children can't wait to see which one I've made this week and my friends say that the chocolate sponge is the nicest they've ever tasted! Easy to follow recipes with not-over-fussy ingredients. Highly recommended for those who like baking like me!
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Have For Beginners 1 April 2007
Format:Paperback
I used to find baking very tedious, complicated and intimidating. In many ways, baking is still those things but this book is so helpful with giving an absolute beginner like me the confidence to try. The all-in-one method is such a revelation to me. Why haven't I heard about this before? I have made the Victoria Sandwich Cake over and over again and it is absoutely THE best! It's wonderfully buttery and so so so soft and moist! It's even better the day after. Best with a tart raspberry jam!! I've compared her recipe with both Delia and Nigella. Mary's wins hands down. Maybe this is because I love that her recipe produces a very generous and tall cake. I know the other two prefer "thinner" cakes, as they say: to balance with the jam. But if I were to serve it to guests, I'd bake Mary's recipe because not only is it simpler to make and more delicious, it also looks spectacular! I have also tried the chocolate version but if you're someone used to intense chocolately cakes, this is not the recipe for you. It looked like a chocolate cake but with only 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder, the taste just didn't do it for a chocoholic like me.

The other recipe I am absolutely in love with is her Lemon Traybake (also using the all-in-one method)!! In this book, the recipe calls for lemon icing as a topping but since I don't like the overwhelming sweetness of icing sugar, I use granulated sugar and lemon juice (which is used for her Crunchy Lemon Cake recipe - in "Simple Cakes" it is called Lemon Drizzle Traybake). Nigella has a similar recipe which she calls Lemon Syrup Loaf Cake using icing sugar. Not anywhere as good! The granulated sugar adds a wonderful and interesting crunchy texture to the supermoist and soft cake.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ultimate cake-baking book ever produced! 16 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book has been with me through the highs and lows of family life; I have reached for the Butterfly Cakes to make the children smile, the Apricot Swiss Cakes satisfied my regular sugar cravings, I have earned many brownie points from my husband for the Marmalade Cake and the Chocolate Swiss Roll just had to bear the weight of a generous dusting of icing sugar and robins at Christmas. Most of the recipes shown I have made repeatedly, each a total success and looking exactly as their photos.
I have curled up with this book as I would a favourite novel, re-reading the text at the start of each chapter; the pleasure Mary Berry describes of baking for a local fete is tangible. Some pages are spattered with grease, a crumb hidden on the Bara Brith page, but my pencilled comments on each recipe have now been joined by those of my daughter. "Verdict:", she wrote importantly about her first attempt at Queen Cakes, "You could tell that the cook has talent - they were dead good".
I was recently separated from my book and no other could compensate. They were not the same, success was hit and miss and gone was the familiarity I loved. When the book was returned, I admit that I cried; life may not always be perfect, but it's pretty good with the right things around you. This book is one of them.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 12 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
The recipes that I have tried from this book have never failed. I make the fairy cakes, and the two different types of brownies quite often. The effort involved is minimal with these resipes and the results are always spectacular! It is a good book for a beginner as the instructions are very clear and easy to follow.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best family cake book 29 Sep 2010
By Caterina VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've bought a lot of baking books and after buying this one I wish I hadn't bothered with any others. It is by far and away the most reliable and useful cake book I have ever used - in particular I found it a much better buy than Leith's enormous Baking Bible. There are sections on chocolate cakes, meringues, traybakes, celebration cakes, cheesecakes, scones and teabreads, biscuits and shortbread, continental cakes, family cakes, little cakes, cakes for bazaars and fetes, cakes for children to make, cakes and biscuits for presents, and healthy cakes and biscuits. There are also very useful sections on ingredients, equipment and methods, and a section on questions and answers. (These sound dull, but in fact they teach you a lot about cake-making.)
Every cake I have made from it has worked and has been delicious and has evoked the sort of compliments I have (sadly) never received before for my cakes.
One of the best things about it is that there is such a range of cakes in terms of difficulty and time. There's plenty to make if you've only got an hour before the children get home from school. There's also plenty to make if you've got a whole morning to potter and create something complex.
I'm thinking of getting rid of my other cake books. This really is the only one you'll ever need.
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