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    The Perfect Cake: 150 cakes for Every taste and Occasion

    Purdy, Susan Gold Piece of Cake

    Broadway Books
    Published: April 9, 2002
    ISBN: 0767905377

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    Book Description
    From Publishers Weekly
    Many cakes rise in this superb collection--"Marvelous Mud Cake," "Crazy Mixed-up Chocolate Cake," "Jo's Blitz Torte," even "Parsnip Cake"; sponges, charlottes, ladyfingers, scones. From the simplest to the many-tiered, Purdy ( As Easy As Pie ) enlists over 200 of her "personal favorites," combining lucid advice on basic equipment, ingredients and techniques ("What Happens When a Cake Is Baked") with detailed directions and playful asides on cake history. We learn that the modern custom (or folly) of "girls jumping out of cakes" at stag parties originated in medieval banquets made merry with "live rabbits, frogs, other small animals, and occasionally dwarves . . . encased in pastry crusts," while American frontier corn dodgers were so called "because they were so hard you had to dodge or risk injury if one was thrown at you." Glamorous French (hazelnut white-chocolate marquise) and Viennese (Sachertorte) pastries serve as divas, yet the most appealing may well be the old-fashioned jam cake, buttermilk spice cake, devil's food cake, caramel cake with penuche icing and their cousins. Illustrations not seen by PW. BOMC Cooking and Crafts Club main selection.
    Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    From Library Journal
    Purdy's A Piece of Cake, originally published in 1989, has been long out of print, making this revised, reorganized, and retitled edition very welcome. This is really one of the standards on the topic, filled with delicious recipes from classics like Lord Baltimore Cake to family favorites such as Pineapple Upside-Down Cake to mouthwatering treats like Marvelous Mud Cake. Purdy is a perfectionist, and her recipes are reliable and filled with useful tips and suggestions. An essential purchase for... read more

    Book Description
    Originally published as A Piece of Cake, this baking classic is now back in print, thoroughly revised, and beautifully redesigned.
    Author of The Perfect Pie and renowned baking authority Susan Purdy has spent a lifetime mastering the art of baking perfect cakes-those mysterious delicacies that are not too dry, not too dense, and never stuck to the pan. Revealing her secrets for the complete range of easy to elegant recipes, The Perfect Cake gives every home baker an extra helping of confidence.

    With Purdy at your side sharing her precise troubleshooting tips and clever shortcuts, layer cakes, sheet cakes, sponge cakes, angel-food and chiffon cakes, tortes, and jelly rolls become wonderfully feasible. Helping readers skillfully create everything from a simple pound cake to Old-Fashioned Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, Black-and-White Cheesecake, or Hazelnut Torte, The Perfect Cake features easy decorating pointers that are sure to impress on special occasions. Providing a selection of more than 150 exceptional recipes, this is the book that will keep even the novice from ever resorting to mediocre mixes again.

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