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  • Feb 22, 2010
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This is a charming designed book full of wonderful recipes! There are plenty of of cakes for every occasion -- from quick, simple, casual to elegant, elaborate, and stunning. You'll find cakes that can be made in an hour, to many more that require a tad more effort. The chapters include: quick start cakes, one layer cakes, multilayer cakes, party cakes. There are sections on both guides to tools & tricks and guides to mail order sources.

The recipes are are clear and easy to follow. I am particularly intrigued by the Salted Caramel & Pecan cake, Chocolate- Apricot Pudding cake, S'mores cake..... oh my and that doesn't even cover the ice cream cakes.I felt the ingredients required for each recipe were reasonable.

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review by . March 04, 2010
This is probably my favorite desert recipe book so far. I love chocolate and this book really delivers some great recipes. Some very high calorie recipes but great nonetheless. Of the 50 chocolate cake recipes, over 40 of them look very good. I found several of them to have rather strange combinations but that's not the case with the vast majority of recipes in this book. There are just so many delicious looking recipes like the s'mores cake that has 1 lb of candy bars, graham cracker crumbs and …
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There's no such thing as too much of a good thing, as this drool-inducing, photo-heavy cookbook proves. Former pastry chef Klivans (Potpies;Big Fat Cookies) turns her attention to the most decadent of desserts, the chocolate cake, finding 50 different approaches. Klivans orients her readers with a narrative about chocolate production, tips for choosing and using chocolate, and basic tips about ingredient and technique in baking, such as beating egg whites. The remainder of the book is organized by cake type (quick and easy; layer cakes; party cakes), and the recipes run the gamut from a basic chocolate-chip loaf to her chocolate yule log and chocolate-apricot pudding cake with chocolate toffee sauce. Some, like her pavlova with chocolate-covered strawberries, and her trifle-like deep-dish white chocolate peaches and cream cake are not technically cakes, but who's counting? Klivans is nothing if not inventive—a basic devil's food recipe serves as a staple for seven other variants. With deft instructions and highly detailed, clearly written recipes, she guides even the least confident baker to a cocoa-dusted kitchen and full-on chocolate ecstasy. Photos.(Apr.)
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A quartet of quick-start recipes --
Chocolate cakes for a quick chocolate fix --
Big one-layer chocolate cakes --
Chocolate layer cakes --
Party chocolate ...
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ISBN-10: 0811868729
ISBN-13: 978-0811868723
Author: Elinor Klivans
Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine
Publisher: Chronicle Books
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