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Saved by Cake

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  625 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
From one of the best-loved novelists in Britain comes a book for all of us who love to bake (or would love to learn).
After a difficult period in her life, Marian Keyes found solace in baking. The precision of the measurements, the light spring of a well-baked cake, the prettiness of the frosting and decorations: the whole process was soothing. She immersed herself in the
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Michael Joseph (first published January 1st 2012)
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Arielle Walker
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Sweet, simple - and nothing new. It's a shame: I think if Marian's voice had come through more, or this had been a blend between anecdotal stories, short fictions and the actual recipes, it would have been a far better book. As it was I found myself skimming through the bland writing, although the pictures of the finished products were definitely inspiring - I may even make a few of them, which is saying something! (I am a terrible baker.)

All in all, not a bad book as such, just unoriginal and
Sofia Grey
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I know I usually review fiction and this is a cookery book, but I have a weakness for cookery books – a passion, actually – with the emphasis being on delicious baked goods. When I’m stressed, I bake. And so I was intrigued to learn that the bestselling fiction author, Marian Keyes, actually used baking to haul herself out of a deep depression. And be honest. Who could possibly resist a pink-covered cookery book titled Saved By Cake, over 80 ways to bake yourself happy.

When I buy cookery books
This is some of the most entertaining food porn I've ever read, which considering it was written by someone struggling with severe depression is quite an achievement. (Incidentally, I don't eat sweets, so this really is food porn for me.) Keyes took to baking as a way to get her mind off the Unbearable Meaninglessness of It All, so although some of these recipes get quite gourmet and complicated, she's coming at it from the ordinary person perspective, and explains all the little fiddly bits so ...more
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbook
I adored this cookbook. Yes, it's a cookbook and I read it in one sitting as if it were a novel!

Cookbooks are strange little beasts - you usually buy one for a specific reason ~ you need a new idea for how to cook chicken for instance, but you're not normally buying it to read from cover to cover, and honestly, when I checked this book out of the library, I had no clue it was a cookbook. I had just put the authors name into the search engine (she's one of my favourites) as I wanted to see if she
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cakes
This is not a novel. It's a cookbook which (unsurprisingly, given the title) is full of recipes for cake. Marian Keyes has a great 'voice' as a writer and that is evident in this work. The recipes were all stuff that home cooks of various skill levels could make, which is great because although aspirational cook books are nice to look at sometimes I resent all the shelf space that is taken up by beautifully photographed, gorgeously presented, probably wonderful-tasting food that I will never eve ...more
Jun 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012
Beautifully designed book, gorgeous photographs- but unfortunately the recipes just don't work very well. I tried three out; and only one turned out edible- and I'm a very experienced baker.
The cupcakes were thick and gluggy, the caramel frosting could have broken my teeth, the cakes don't rise well and the upside down cake is just uninspired.
And while some of the flavor combinations, like the white chocolate and wasabi, sound fun and creative, the recipes were poorly balanced and you just ende
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Most entertaining cookbook I've ever read! My bet is Marian's changed the way recipes will be written forever, have never before seen a recipe where you laugh out loud while reading the instructions.

The recipes are also mouth-wateringly lovely with a lot of challenges in amongst them for the bakers amongst us.

Highly recommend to everyone that loves to bake, and especially to all fans of Ms Keyes.
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you love Marian Keyes (and who cannot?) you will love this book. She knows her stuff so it is a great guide for beginners, but also has different from the norm recipes, lots of tips, lots of giggles in the introductions, and all in all a JOY. Just also bought Dan Lepard's 'Short and Sweet' also lovely and recommended but with quite a serious tone. If you need a baking book to encourage you, that feels like it's giving you a hug as you peruse it - this is the one for you!
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over a year ago I saw a fellow blogger’s review of Marian Keyes’ Saved by Cake, and I knew I wanted to read it posthaste. After all, the cookbook featured baked goods (my purview!) exclusively, and the author’s voice was straight-up hilarious in the short excerpt. However, I couldn’t find a listing for the US release date, and when I looked into purchasing an international edition, I realized I wouldn’t do well with the metric weights and measurements.

So I put it on my wishlist and waited. And
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uplifting
If you've got this book in your hands then I'd like to make this recommendation: Go to Marian's website and watch some of the amusing baking demonstrations. That way you'll have Marian's delightful irish voice in you head when you follow her witty baking instructions.

Apart from the humour I'd also recommend this book for its wide variety of recipes. It is not an all encompassing baking manual, although it does include lots of useful tips and instructions aimed at beginners. If you haven't been
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks, memoirs
Marian Keyes's SAVED BY CAKE is one of those cookbooks that's so delightfully written and so beautiful as a physical object filled with lush photography, it almost doesn't even matter whether the recipes actually work! I don't know yet whether they do work, because I haven't had a chance to try them. But I spent my free time today devouring the whole book with pure pleasure. I already know (after reading a library copy) that I want to buy myself a copy to keep - not just to try out all the yummy ...more
Kat A
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I was a mite disappointed that this was a straight up recipe book, but only in as much as I miss Marian Keyes' books so much, not that I don't wish her the very best on her journey to get well. The recipes look gorgeous, and I'm very glad that she has found something that helps so much. The intro was very well written, and it made me pine for more. Even better than some of the short stories I've read in multi author compilations! An introduction or a short story is much less demanding than a nov ...more
Kate Kerrigan
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can't even begin to describe how much I love this book. I love cake - of course - and I am - I have to confess - a good baker - which means that I hate most formal recipe book because they make the whole thing seen so convoluted and complicated. Keyes not only introduced me to recipes that I actually wanted to make, but her witty, friendly style guided me through them in a way that made even the most complicated thing - macaroons - like I would NEVER have attempted them before this book - seem ...more
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookery-books
Marian does it again !!. Another great book by Marian Keyes this time cooking.. Not her usual genre but great all the same. At the beginning of the book marian talks a little about her struggle with depression and how cooking amongst other things helped her manage that. The book is easy to follow and the way Marian writes the recipes is with her normal quirkiness and it will not fail to put a smile on your face.The pictures are great inside and the cover picture is adorable. This book would be a ...more
Apr 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I loved the forward and find it oddly disconcerting that I prefer cookbooks with story rather than just a whole jumble of recipes. I don't know how she stayed so slim whilst baking all those delicious treats. Although I didn't bake any of the recipes myself (as it was a library book it had to go back before I had an opening in my baking schedule) there were quite a few I already had recipes for that I agreed wholeheartedly with the authors views of these dishes, ie espresso and walnut cake etc.. ...more
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Ha! Finally bought this book. And I LOVE IT. Point.
And I'm going to make EACH cake, each muffin, one by one. Point.
I have already a better mood, just looking at the pictures made me feel better:) And I need a lot of positive things in my life now.
Thank you, Marian:))))
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lean una reseña del libro en mi blog
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: en-inglés
Para ver una reseña, entren en el blog

Es que no me gusta repetirme, pero diré que es un libro de recetas peculiarmente divertido.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
How do you review a cookbook if you haven't made all the dishes!!??
The styling and photography in Saved by Cake gets 4 stars
The chatty and humorous introduction to the book and the individual recipes I also thought were great.

So far Iv'e baked 4 things from the book:
The scones were fantastic
B grade cupcake- very good
Strawberry cupcakes-good but would be better with a different berry
Snickers Cheesecake Loaf- Went down well with my friends, I don't personally like the cheesecake/choc flavour combo
Great premise, could have used more of the author's stories as she proceeded to share recipes; even tho the cakes offered were not my favorites, I could have been sucked into making something based on how happy it made her!
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baking-books
This was so much fun to read! I never read baking books from beginning to end, but this was an exception. Loved it! Recipes are great!
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Straight away the intriguing title starts to draw you in. How can you be saved by cake? A lovely thought but how…?

The book touches briefly on some troubling personal problems that the author has experienced during her battle against depression, yet fortunately baking was a particular outlet to help her get through the day. Each day onwards and a little bit stronger and this all came through by a chance discovery after the author, a self-described novice, had decided to make a cake for a friend.
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wait, five stars? Am I mad?

I don't care. I like it that much.

The author of this book suffered from devastating depression. Baking helped her through the episodes and she compiled her favourite recipes in a cookbook, and the Irish royalties of it were donated to charity. This isn't what my review is about, but I figured I might as well get it out of the way now.

When I was a kid/teenager, I loved to bake. No joke, it was literally one of the things I loved to do most. I pestered my mother to teach
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay I stumbled across this purely by accident.

I've read her fiction and it's okay - not my favourites but a step above most "chick lit" out there.

But I've been trying to teach myself to cook - as I'm going absolutely mad at home with a baby, and this really hit me at a bad time and the perfect time.

I love Keyes' humour and honesty - it's the first cookbook I've come across where the author admits to silly mistakes they've made (accidentally buying chive and herb Philly spread), most recipes ha
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Saved by Cake is how Marian Keyes pulled herself from depression to somewhere a bit better. She's the first to admit that she isn't "cured" per say but in a better place than she was before she discovered that baking was a way of concentrating her mind and making her focus on what was in front of her and it helped. She also says that before baking she had tried other things that didn't work, but that this was what worked for her and that that's what you should do for yourself if you find yoursel ...more
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is awesome! I read it cover to cover and loved it, and as much as I love reading cookbooks I have never done that before.

For some background, she got into baking as a way to deal with stress and depression and anxiety and I can totally relate. Baking is a great stress reliever for me. I spend the whole day before Christmas making cookies as a way to unwind after all the holiday hassles and it's become a tradition but people don't know it's really my self-administered therapy.

Marian Ke
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Keyes brings her lovely, slightly dark, humor to this cookbook with lovely anecdotes and personal asides. As she explains in the intro, the creation of this book came along when she was suffering from depression. She proved that one remedy doesn't fit everyone and found her salvation in baking. I won't spoil her lovely revelation, but I wish I were lucky enough to be her neighbor when she goes on a baking binge.

She has a variety of recipes and stresses having fun, making things pretty and embra
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The hilarious descriptions of how she scoured and reached at the recipes, the very understandable and yet funny (when it doesn't happen to me) disasters in baking, and the explanations as to why you do what you do all worked for me in a big way. It's so much more than just a recipe book really. So many little little stories. And what a beautiful and courageous idea to document how baking helped you overcome depression in the hope that it may help others as well. I've only tried the Honey Cake ti ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

En este libro Marian Keyes, una autora que seguramente muchos conoceréis por sus obras de chick-lit (mis favoritos son las de las hermanas Walsh, buscadlas!) nos trae sus recetas favoritas, ya que fue un gran paso para poder recuperarse de la depresión, y al ver que no se le quita con nada, decidió probar un nuevo hobbie: la repostería, sigue teniendo días malos, pero al menos MArian consigue trasmitir que poco a poco va logrando salir del túnel.
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
The funniest, warmest, most beautifully photographed "cookbooks" I've read in a long time! Keyes is a bestseller but this is my first exposure to her.

This Bake Bible tells the story of Keyes who finds herself bogged down in a deep depression. Simply by accident she stumbles into treating herself by immersion in flour, chocolate and sanding sugar. I've been there where Keyes has been....thankfully I didn't enjoy cooking then or I'd weigh 2 tons!

Her beautiful journey sprinkled with hilarious wit a
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Marian Keyes (born 10 September 1963) is an Irish novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for her work in women's literature. She is an Irish Book Awards winner. Over 22 million copies of her novels have been sold worldwide and her books have been translated into 32 languages. She became known worldwide for Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, and This Charming Man, with themes includ ...more
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