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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing., 14 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: Tea with Bea: Recipes from Bea's of Bloomsbury (Hardcover)
I bought this book based on the reviews on this site, also because of the magnificent cake picture on the cover. I was a bit disappointed when I flipped through the pages, as most recipes are quite ordinary, not that interesting. I thought I would be alright with that as long as Triple Chocolate Cake recipe is good. Unfortunately it is a terrible recipe, very confusing! First step is to bake a chocolate buttermilk cake. Baked it without any problem although I think it would have been lighter with less chocolate in it. Actual confusing part is the rest of the recipe. In the picture there is one white, one dark filling, however in the recipe it is talking about making two chocolatey fillings! Name of these fillings keep changing between this recipe and in the referred pages! I am an experienced baker and academically advance enough to be able to process a recipe, I read the recipe several times over the past few days, still couldn't figure out what does she mean. If both of these recipes contain so much chocolate as mentioned in the recipe where does this white filling come from? It shouldn't be this complicated. I came back to this page in Amazon to see if there is any reference to a similar problem, perhaps a solution. When I read the reviews again, it strike me, most written by her friends or acquintances. Many of these people actually mention that they have been to her shops several times and know her personally. I am feeling a bit cheated now because of all these misleading reviews written by writer's pals! Very disappointed.
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Initial post: 17 Feb 2012 02:44:58 GMT
That's very unfair, I've never been to her shop and I don't even know her yet I loved the book. Yes the recipes are somewhat complicated to follow if you're used to flour, eggs, milk: beat; but me and my girlfriends managed and we're teens so I'm sure if you put your head to it and focused you could do it too. Good luck. :)

Posted on 19 Feb 2012 11:39:50 GMT
Greetings! Thanks for buying the book! I'm sorry to hear about your confusion with the cake--to clarify: the lighter coloured filling in the triple chocolate cake, is Chocolate Buttercream, which will be lighter in colour than Chocolate Fudge Icing. So the Chocolate Cake, plus the Chocolate Buttercream, plus the Chocolate Fudge Icing, is what makes it a Triple Chocolate Cake.

The book is laid out into the basics--from the sponges, to the fillings, and then to the special cakes, by which you use the recipes from the sponges and fillings chapters to assemble a specially designed cake.

Unfortunately I wish my friends would write reviews on Amazon for me! :) I do hope that you will try other recipes, and that you finish the triple chocolate cake, as it is quite tasty! Sincerely, Bea

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2012 00:21:30 BDT
Lisas nanny says:
Having just received my copy of the book, I was wondering what size tin/s people are using when making the triple chocolate cake. The suggested cake used is the chocolate buttermilk cake, which makes 1 x 25cm cake or 2 x 18cm cakes, yet the pictured triple choc cake has 3 layers. It seems to me if a 25cm tin was used, the 3 layers would be much thinner than the 'deep' layers pictured. Also the suggested fudge icing is only sufficient to fill and cover a 20cm cake. This cake is for a birthday surprise and I can't afford to re-make, so any advice would be much appreciated.

Posted on 16 Jan 2013 15:05:31 GMT
Anna says:
I agree. I've been to her shop and really enjoyed the cakes there (as a customer not a friend). So I was really keen to try this book but found the recipes difficult to follow. And my results were pretty inedible which hasn't happened to me before. I know some cooks who change their recipes slightly before sharing them (so that their own version is always the best) - I did wonder if that was the case here?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 00:05:38 GMT
Lisas nanny says:
Hi Anna, Ive never been to any of the shops so I can't compare anything. I did call one of the shops though for advice. I was lucky to be able to talk to one of the chefs, who told me that the triple chocolate cake pictured in the book was made using a deep 18cm cake cut into 3 layers, and advised a 1.5 quantity for my 3 x 20cm tins.
I'm sure if you give one of the shops a call they would help with any queries you may have.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2013 15:49:25 GMT
Anna says:
Well, I can work out tin sizes and proportions without needing help. My problem is that the quantities specified in the recipe didn't seem to work for me. I've never experienced this before with a cookery book so was quite surprised.
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