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5.0 out of 5 stars This book lives up to its title perfectly!, 12 Nov. 2013
This review is from: World's Best Cakes: 250 great cakes from Raspberry Genoise to Chocolate Kugelhopf (Hardcover)
This is a spectacularly good book, by far the best I have ever seen when it comes to recipe books for cakes and pastries. There is an incredibly wide variety of cakes, many of which I'd not even heard of before. The author really has tried to include cakes from all over the world, which produces a very interesting mix of different recipes. I've attempted around ten recipes, and all seem perfectly attainable for the amateur home baker, although there are a few quite elaborate recipes near the end of the book in the celebration cakes chapter. You're not really going to bake a gingerbread house with full decoration unless you've a lot of time on your hands! As well as the recipes, you have the usual explanations of basic baking techniques, and equipment you'll need. The background behind each recipe is noted at the top of each one, with possible variations mentioned on some recipes. There are a number of recipes from guest chefs and a number of guides to eating cake in some of the world's most prominent cities [Tokyo, San Francisco, Berlin, Singapore, Stockholm & Copenhagen, Rome, New York City, Paris, Madrid, Melbourne & Sydney, London and Vienna] scattered throughout the book, with a directory of recommended establishments. The photography is very good, with each recipe having at least one photograph. If I could give this book more than five stars I would, because it really is a cut above your usual recipe books and is well worth buying.

The contents page looks like this:

Foreword 6
Introduction 8
Basic Techniques 10
Sponges & Layer Cakes 14
Loaves & Pound Cakes 60
Fruit, Nut & Seed Cakes 92
Tray Bakes 122
Cheesecakes 140
Small Cakes 150
Leavened Cakes 194
Pastries 216
Tarts 242
Celebration Cakes 260
Baking Basics 296
Essential Equipment 300
Index 301
Acknowledgements 304

The full list of recipes:

Victoria Sponge
Citrus Chiffon Cake
Raspberry Angel Cake
Vanilla and Blood Orange Cake
Tres Leche Cake
Caribbean Coconut Cake with Rum
Genoise with Raspberries and Cream
Japanese Strawberry Shortcake
Bolo de Fuba
Bee Sting Cake
Red Velvet Cake
Hummingbird Cake
Boston Cream Pie
Donovan Cooke's Filipino Cassava Cake (Guest Chef)
Pineapple Stack Cakes
Danish Layer Cake
Coconut Layer Cake
Cassata alla Siciliana
Devil's Food Cake
Willie Harcourt-Cooze's Cloud Forest Chocolate Cake (Guest Chef)
Dobos Cake
Pastel de Chocolate Mexicano
Thierry Busset's Ten Layer Coffee Chocolate Cake (Guest Chef)
Chocolate Layer Cake
Black Forest Gāteaux
Flourless Chocolate Torte
Sacher Torte
Paul A. Young's Torta Gianduja (Guest Chef)

Marble Bundt Cake
Espresso Marble Cake
American Sour Cream Cake
Banana Loaf
Mark Hix's Oyster Ale Cake (Guest Chef)
Pandan Kaya
Ginger Cake
Pain d'Epices
Lemon Drizzle
Sobaos Pasiegos
Green Tea Pound Cake
Greek Coconut Cake
Lucas Glanville's Sticky Date Cake with Caramel Sea Salt Sauce (Guest Chef)
Pistachio and Lemon Cake
Plum Madeira
Jewish Honey Cake
Olive Oil Cake with Fresh Peaches
Turkish Lemon Cake
Turkish Yogurt Cake
Almond Honey Spice Cake
Rhubarb Crumble Cake
Sugee Cake
Chocolate Rye Cake with Caramelised Bananas

Dundee Cake
Carrot and Walnut Cake
Caribbean Black Cake
Greek Fig Cake
Apple and Cinnamon Damper
Vinegar Cake
Bara Brith
Danish Apple Cake
'Jewish' Apple Cake
Richard Corrigan's More Stout Than Treacle Cake (Guest Chef)
Mango Cake
Mandarin, Polenta and Macadamia Cake
Caraway Seed Cake
Bolo Polana
Nancy Silverton's Olive Oil Cake (Guest Chef)
Scandinavian Cardamom Coffee Cake
Coffee and Walnut Cake
Turkish Tahini Cake
Rachel Allen's Lime Yogurt Cake with Rosewater and Pistachio (Guest Chef)
Lime and Poppy Seed Syrup Cake
Baked Chocolate and Nut Cake
Hazelnut Dacquoise

Chocolate and Polenta Cake
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Millionaire's Shortbread
Fridge Cake
Panforte di Siena
Sheet Cake
Swiss Roll
Apple Streusel
Kueh Lapis

Vanilla Cheesecake
New York Cheesecake
Chocolate Cheesecake
Banana Cheesecake

Blueberry Financiers
Chocolate and Rum Canneles
Banbury Cakes
Eccles Cakes
Fat Rascals
Rock Cakes
Welsh Cakes
Singing Hinnies
Scotch Pancakes
Russian Tea Cakes
Pineapple Coconut Cakes with Pineapple Syrup
Cupcakes (Vanilla, Double Chocolate, Raspberry, Raspberry and Coconut)
Whoopie Pies
Shannon Bennett's Lamingtons (Guest Chef)
Fondant Fancies

Chelsea Buns
Iced Buns
Bath Buns
Kouign Amann
Cinnamon Bear Claws
Hot Cross Buns
Rum Baba
Easter Bun Ring
Lardy Cake
Chocolate Kugelhopf

Macanese Egg Tarts
Blueberry Maids of Honour
The Classic Turnover
Kaab el Ghazal
Feng Li Su
Apple Strudel
Danish Pastries

Tarte Tatin
Marco Pierre White's Harvey's Lemon Tart (Guest Chef)
Bakewell Tart
Tarte aux Pommes
Oliver Peyton's Strawberry and Marjoram Cream Tart (Guest Chef)
Pithiviers with Prunes
Almond Tart with Honey
Gāteau Basque
Far Breton
Linzer Torte

Chocolate Cinnamon Babka
Simnel Cake
Runeberg Cakes
Black Bun
Būche de Noėl
English Christmas Cake
Tarta de Santiago
Maple Syrup and Pecan Layer Cake
Galette des Rois
Passover Nut Cake
Christopher Farrugia's Maltese Prinjolata (Guest Chef)
Gingerbread House
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Initial post: 15 Jun 2014 02:55:34 BDT
Joan says:
Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a
wonderful review, it is very informative.

Posted on 23 Feb 2016 00:38:16 GMT
Anna says:
Thanks. Very helpful to have a complete list of recipes.
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