The Cake Mix Doctor

By Anne Byrn

The Cake combine Doctor is in! And the prescription is easy: via doctoring up packaged cake combine with simply the appropriate extras--a contact of candy butter right here, cocoa powder there, or poppy seeds, vanilla yogurt, sherry, eggs, and grated lemon zest for the Charleston Poppy Seed Cake--even the least skilled baker can end up luscious signature cakes, time after time. The evidence is within the style, and the flavor by no means stops--from Toasted Coconut bitter Cream Cake to Devilishly strong Chocolate Cake; from a to-die-for Caramel Cake and a vacation yuletide Log to cheesecakes, espresso muffins, sheet truffles, pound brownies, bars, truffles, and people all-important frostings, listed below are a hundred seventy five quickly, foolproof recipes that may rework the paintings of domestic baking in America.

Who may think those brownies got here out of a field? wet, soft, wealthy, deep, and complexly flavored, with out a trace of artificiality, every one cake get up and provides. yet with none of the fuss of baking from scratch. Anne Byrn, an award-wining meals author and self-described purist, creates recipes that hire a cake mix's strengths---convenience, ease-of-use, dependability, and virtually imperviousness to overbeating, underbeating, overbaking, and underbaking.

In addition to the recipes are the Cake combine Doctor's Q&A's, wide "Doctor Says" assistance, lists--15 attractive Birthday brownies, 15 truffles that might profit at a Bake Sale--and extra, all illustrated in a full-color photographic insert.

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