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I didn't know anything about this author really and just bought the book based on a bit of information I had read online and the previous reviews on here. I can honestly say I love this book and it is one of the best purchases I have made. There is so much variety contained within and each cake I've tried has come out brilliantly. I would be lost without it now.
To be honest though, these are not 5 minute recipes. They can be pretty heavy duty and to some that may be off putting. However, if you persevere, then the extra effort is definitely worth it. The author has a different way of mixing ingredients and after trying her method, I would not look back. The results are so much better. The only thing I would say is that you may have to adapt volumes/double up on the recipe etc, as the standard tin size used is a 9x2 which I for one, don't commonly have a need for. Also tube pans feature quite heavily, which again isn't something I typically bake in.
This book is so comprehensive with very detailed commentary on ingredients, products and methods. I would recommend it to absolutely anyone who is a keen baker.
I had really high expectations for this book after reading so many rave reviews. I have done the lemon cake, and the mirror glaze chocolate ganache and they came out just perfect. I use the glaze in every single bday cake i make and cover it with toasted almonds and red fruits.
this book covers everything that one needs to know about baking cakes. It is a relevant to the enthusiastic amateur as to the professional. I have two other baking books by Levy Beranbaum, and each is indispensable to a baker. I would warmly recommend this as much as the others.