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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2013
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2013
The ingredients lists are in pale green(?) why? It is very difficult to see (for an older person like me, I have to take off my glasses to squint at them). They are not itemised one above another but in a block format which you'll have to read from left to right and missing bits in between. The font is quite small, again, not for people with challenging eye-sights. And everything is in metric. If you normally bake in imperial measurements, there is no bracketed imperial measurements next to the metric, so be aware, and no conversion tables.

The whole publication is very pale. just like the cover. the pictures of the cakes and bakes are very pale, especially the scones, looking a bit like polystyrene, not very appetising, you want to look at gingerbread? well you see some pristine brown squares on white plates. Ok, latest "cheats" use preformed greaseproof liners AND of course Silverwood tins.. good, but the pictures of loaf cakes all look the same inside this crinkley shop-bought preformed liners.. the whole impression is "Delia has left it all to her TEAM". Even the tone is forever the royal "We". I know it is supposed to be oh so stylish but ends up rather pale and bland.

The pages of my old Delia's Cakes paperback (now in tatters) are now enshrined in plastic sleeves protected inside a lever-arch file. Not parting with that one. What have you done Delia????
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2013
I am a huge St Delia fan, owning many of her books. I bought the original "Cakes" book years ago in a car boot sale for a £1 so thought I would treat myself to the updated book. I am glad I only paid £5 for this version and here's why: the artistic design team have been allowed to go mad! Whoever thought it was a good idea to have all of the ingredients lists in small italic gold text - clearly not anyone who actually uses a cook book in a kitchen. The actual recipes are in tiny black text so also hard to read. But what about the photos you ask? Well they are numerous and very large. So if you want a nice picture bok then this is the one for you. I am going to keep using my tattly old £1 car boot sale copy as I can actually read the recipes. To me, it looks like Delia has had nothing whatsoever to do with the re-issue of this book. There isn't even a photo of her in it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2013
If, like me, you have been using Delia's original Book of Cakes for years,you will be expecting the same clear, easy to use format ie ingredients in bold and listed in a column. This is sadly not the case. Although each recipe is photographed, which is an improvement and there are some new inclusions and updates,the text is in a smaller font and the ingredients shown in a shiny gold, which is particularly indistinct when using a cookbook stand. This is an attractive book for browsing, but nowhere near as practical as the original.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2014
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2013
Love this book.

Unlike other reviewers, I find the fact that the ingredients are not listed quite refreshing. Maybe its just me (it probably is), but when looking at a recipe, if I see a great long list of ingredients, I feel slightly intimidated and put off. You dont get that with this book - and I find the prose style so much easier to follow.

And of course, in terms of method, you cannot go wrong with Delia. I have made a lot of her recipes over the years, and they have never gone wrong. I wish I could say the same for others - such as Nigella, and even the great Mary Berry - I have struggled with their recipes - and they have often gone wrong. But, this is a review of this book, so I shall carry on with that.

There really is quite a lot to choose from, as is often the case, that you could very easily spend the next year making cakes and not get bored. I would highly recommend this book for beginners, and some of the more seasoned among you. And I can highly recommend the Ultimate Carrot Cake - it really is out of this world!
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58 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 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. I shall have to search out a second hand copy of my original paperback to use as a workbook, and keep this for enjoying for the entertainment. But I doubt that Delia would be happy with me doing that.

(review copy received from Hodder & Staughton. This review also appears on A Greedy Piglet blog)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2014
I needed this book as my old Delia cake book was completely disintegrating.The recipes that I have done have turned out perfectly . However, I don't like the format . The gold lettering is really hard to read. The way the ingredients are listed horizontally makes it hard to skim read and keep your place, you have to really dig around to find the size of the tin and the oven temperature because of the layout. It's a shame, because one of the things I have always loved about Delia's recipe books is they are so accessible and logically set out. Also, some of my old favourites have been left out so I have to keep the tatty old falling to pieces one after all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2014
Delia's Cakes. Well what could anybody say except "Yum" from beginning to end and a very expanded waist line! Delia's recipes always work for me. I really appreciated her chapter on baking tins and I hope no one misses that out as it's very important to the success of the recipes. The contents is beautifully presented and I love the way that Delia 'talks'. This is my second copy. It is intended for my granddaughter as part of her cooking 'armoury' when she goes to university. My grandson also enjoys baking and it has proved to be a strong bonding process. Grandson, however, will get another of Delia's books when the time comes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2014
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. I used raw walnuts with glorious results), but I have enough confidence and experience to replace them with easier alternatives. Still, I have baked with her recipes for 20 years and never a failure, not because of my virtues but because her recipes are SO good.
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