500 Cakes Hardcover – Mar 2 2009
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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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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.
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.
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.