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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sellers Publishing, Inc. (March 2 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416205349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416205340
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #467,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susannah Blake is the author of 500 Appetizers and 500 Soups, as well as six previous books on baking. She has many years experience in cookbook publishing, commissioning, art-directing, and editing illustrated food titles.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great start for cake basics March 13 2010
By Lehigh History Student - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The 500 Cakes provides 125 recipes for a variety of cakes from everyday use to special occasions. Each of the 125 recipes has four minor variations that tweak the item into a different version by adding a new flavor profile. Overall it is an average cookbook but for those who are skilled in baking like my wife it provides base recipes that can then be used to make their own variations while using this as a widespread springboard and because the recipes are chosen for easy variations they lend themselves to creating your own as well. We have only found a few recipes to be a little vague on the directions but overall have not had too many problems with this book. Overall well recommended for those that are looking for a lot of cake recipes that can be built on.

As to the other reviewers comments we have not found the recipes to come out dry although we have not yet done the section of the cookbook they were on. The cheesecakes work very well and the frosting recipes are a particular good find in this book. As always with the 500 series it is important to note that they do not take into account things like altitude or humidity variations but if you are familiar with how that changes the cooking in your area this is a great book to have.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Untested Recipes April 15 2009
By Book Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I hate to make a negetive review, but I have tried two recipes so far and both were failures. First, I tried the Chocolate Sponge Cake. To me, a sponge cake should be moist. This was extremely dry and the only reason my family ate it was because I put jelly between the layers and frosted it. They didn't want the leftovers. Next I tried the Old Fashioned Ginger Cake. It calls for one 9 inch cake pan, but the batter literally flowed over into my oven when I baked it. I have not yet tried to taste it as the burnt smell make my kitchen reek and spoiled my appetite. There is no way that these recipes were tested before the printing of this book.

I just looked at reviews for other books in this series and it seems that they all have the same problem. I think the author should test the recipes and reprint the book with updates.

Also strange in this book, most the recipes call for self rising flour, which the average person doesn't use. All-purpose can be adapted, but does the average baker know this?

The only good thing I can say is that the concept and variations are intersting. I may try them with other cake reicpes that are edible. I may try the cheesecake recipes, and if I get a good one, I will add to the review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Packing in a huge variety of recipes May 11 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
From quick and easy refrigerator cakes to gluten-free cakes and pound cakes, 500 CAKES is packed with quick, easy cake recipes paired with color photos on facing pages. It's an outstanding collection certain to prove a winning pick for libraries and personal collections alike, packing in a huge variety of recipes.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great ideas--recipes may not deliver! April 21 2009
By T. Primis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When I initially bought and read this book, I LOVED the variety of cakes and ideas for modifications. Several jumped out as "must tries". I have since tried the chocolate gateau (think black forest) twice and the boston cream "pie" and all three cakes came out REALLY DRY. I even cut back the cooking time on the second blackforest cake by 10 minute (10 MINUTES) and the cake was fully cooked and still dry. Imagine how over cooked it was when cooked per directions!

Both cakes were under the Gateau category, so perhaps that's where the problem lies. I'm not sure. Still, the recipes have been disappointing so far.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Missing information May 14 2011
By V. Bender - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book would be 0 stars if it could be, but it did have nice photographs of the cakes. The first one I tried to make did not include directions for the temperature at which to bake the cake. Returned it immediately. You'd think an editor would notice that a recipe is incomplete. The ideas in the book are nice, but if you can't actually make them due to omissions, the ideas aren't helpful at all.

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