Piece of Cake Cookbook

Piece of Cake Cookbook offers cooks 380 recipes by type including tortes, charlottes, foam cakes, coffee cakes, kuchen, and more. There are even some recipes for tailoring boxed cake mix dishes, in addition to those from scratch recipes. 

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Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 498 pages 

Copyright: 1989 

Publisher: Atheneum New York 

Author: Susan G. Purdy 

ISBN: 9780689117664

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Description: For the new cake baker and experienced professional alike, A Piece of Cake demystifies the cake-baking process with carefully tested step- by-step instructions; it also provides a rich and enticing array of recipes and baking ideas. Susan G. Purdy begins with a fascinating look at the history of cakes and follows with valuable chapters on baking equipment and ingredients. 

She also gives advice on measuring, preparation, and testing, and provides handy charts on such things as volume and weight conversions and ingredients substitutions. 

The over 380 recipes are organized by type, from butter (or shortening) cakes, to sponge and foam cakes. They range from the simple and quick-to-prepare to the complex and time-intensive and include traditional favorites as well as new, unusual, and healthful versions of classic cakes. There are complete chapters on tortes and charlottes and one on elegant and special cakes for dramatic entertaining. You will also find a mouth-watering selection of quick coffeecakes, fresh-fruit cakes and kuchen, and ice-cream cakes. 

Lastly, the author gives the final word on cake mixes and provides numerous suggestions to busy bakers for personalizing boxed cakes. However, she also offers several "from scratch" recipes that have proved as quick as mix in stopwatch time tests -- from the mixing bowl to the oven in less than five minutes! 

Whether you are making a child's birthday cake or a formal wedding cake, A Piece of Cake contains everything you will need to know, including diagrams for tiered and shaped cakes, instructions for cake decoration and special effects, over one hundred recipes for icings, fillings, sauces, and syrups, directions for transporting and mailing cakes, and a list of suppliers for ingredients and equipment, all illustrated with over 150 line drawings. 

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Condition: Dust jacket has minor shelf wear. Opening page has long crease. Further good condition. 

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