253rd out of 754 books — 706 voters
A Piece of Cake
'This is a large, international, and highly accessible collection of recipes, understandable theory, and practical technique. Susan Purdy's A Piece of Cake Will be just as pleasurable to the armchair cook as it will be useful to the experienced baker... a terrific baking book, thorough, readable, and loving.'Paula Wolfert
Hardcover, 498 pages
Published August 28th 1989 by Atheneum Books
(first published 1989)
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I bought this in college and my oh my have I used it to death. The only cake I cannot replicate with this is my mother-in-law's poppyseed cake. She has since given me the recipe because my husband needs this cake for his birthday. My "famous" lemon blueberry pound cake is a hybrid of two recipes in this book - and it falls open to those two pages.
One of my top go to books for baking, great recipes and that can be easily built upon or adapted for special dietary needs. I have tried literally every recipe in this book and have never been disappointed. Highly recommended!
Apr 25, 2009 Monica Willyard rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone who loves to bake
This is a beautiful yet practical cookbook for anyone who loves to bake. The cakes range from easy to make white cake to elegant and elaborate wedding cakes. Of course, there is plenty of chocolate too. :)
Aug 27, 2008 Barbara rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Absolutely my favorite cookbook (I love to bake). For the Black Forest Cake alone this book is worthwhile, but she has so many great tips and instructions and anecdotes. How to curl chocolate, how to whip cream, how to properly cream the batter. Awesome awesome awesome. My copy is completely dog-eared and underlined. I love it.