Since I can’t bake at the moment – and it is driving me slightly batty since baking is my hobby – I have been looking through my cookbooks for all the things I want to bake when I have my kitchen back. One of my favorite cookbooks for cake is The Perfect Cake from America’s Test Kitchen.
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About The Perfect Cake
Cakes are the all-occasion dessert–the center of attention at birthdays, holiday celebrations, and dinner parties, and the most welcome brunch, after-school, or teatime snack. America’s Test Kitchen’s first all-cake book is the definitive guide to any cake you crave from Classic Pound Cake to enjoy anytime to a stunning and impressive Blueberry Jam Cake with brilliant jam stripes and ombré frosting.
In addition to foolproof recipes are features that make towering 24-layer Hazelnut- Chocolate Crêpe Cake as approachable as Applesauce Snack Cake. Sidebars include step-by-step photography for cakes with more advanced techniques like piping the ribbons of frosting that help give beautiful Rhubarb Ribbon Cake its name.
Our years of test kitchen knowledge on the art and science of baking cakes provide all the tips and tricks you need for executing perfect cakes every time.
About America’s Test Kitchen:
America’s Test Kitchen is well-known for its top-rated television shows with more than 4 million weekly public television viewers, bestselling cookbooks, magazines, websites, and cooking school.
The highly reputable and recognizable brands of America’s Test Kitchen, Cook’s Illustrated, and Cook’s Country are the work of over 60 passionate chefs based in Boston, Massachusetts, who put ingredients, cookware, equipment, and recipes through objective, rigorous testing to identify the very best.
Discover, learn, and expand your cooking repertoire with Julia Collin Davison, Bridget Lancaster, Jack Bishop, Dan Souza, Lisa McManus, Tucker Shaw, Bryan Roof, and our fabulous team of test cooks!
Why I Love it:
Well, for one thing it’s full of delicious cake recipes. I have adapted many of them here on the blog. You see, while I do have many, many, many cookbooks I rarely follow the recipes in them. I generally read a boatload of them before I embark upon my baking or cooking and then I go forth.
What I create generally has something to do with where I started but a lot of times you would be hard pressed to figure out what. In some cases I only change one or two small things. In others it’s whaaaaaa?
Baking is a bit more challenging as it is more science than art where cooking is more art than science. But I miss both greatly right now since I am really doing neither.
But this is truly my go/to cookbook when it comes to cakes. I also have The Perfect Cookie and The Perfect Pie. I feel equally strongly about them when it comes to well, cookies and pies. Except for pie crust. I have my own pie crust recipe.
But then…don’t we all?