projectqueen Posted 24 May 2006 , 2:46am
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I have been reading rave reviews about these recipes for a while now so I just picked this book up at the library.

I don't want to be a party pooper, but the recipes don't sound all that appealing to me. Maybe they taste better than they sound? Is it just me?

Is there a universally loved recipe from this book that I must try?

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tgirl22 Posted 24 May 2006 , 3:02am
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Never seen the book, sorry! But if you find any great recipes, please share!!

4Gifts4Lisa Posted 24 May 2006 , 3:02am
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I wasn't impressed, either.

cakecre8tor Posted 24 May 2006 , 3:09am
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I love the book. Actually I have the Chocolate cake doctor book. Every recipe I have tried has gotten rave reveiws. "My favorite Birthday cake" recipe and "the perfect chocolate cake" have become my staple yellow and chocolate every other recipe I have tried has not let me down. Maybe I am only one though....JMO

TooMuchCake Posted 24 May 2006 , 3:19am
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Everyone here and at the choc shop where I work loves the Mint Chocolate Cream Cheese pound cake from Chocolate for the Cake Mix Doctor. At the choc shop, we make it with a dark chocolate instead of the Andes mints called for in the recipe.

There is also a low fat yellow pound cake recipe in the original book that's a good one if you need a pound cake.


tschamberlain Posted 24 May 2006 , 4:32am
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I've only tried a few but have gotten great reviews from family and friends on them. The basic butter cake is now one of my staples. icon_smile.gif

MommaLlama Posted 24 May 2006 , 4:39am
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MY family loves the fresh orange cake with fresh orange cream cheese frosting thumbs_up.gif. I have both books and love the recipies.


marina34 Posted 24 May 2006 , 6:11am
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I have her three books, and love "Perfect Chocolate Cake", "Ever so moist chocolate cake", "turtle cake", and a few others. Everyone I've made them for seems to love em!

sweettreasures Posted 24 May 2006 , 12:56pm
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I think they need more colored photos... I never bought any of those books yet.

KarenOR Posted 24 May 2006 , 3:19pm

I bought the book recently and it has pages in the front that show colored photos of every single recipe.

TamiAZ Posted 24 May 2006 , 3:22pm

All the recipes I have tried have been excellent!! icon_lol.gif

Mac Posted 24 May 2006 , 3:25pm

Same here, I use them all the time. I have "The Cake Mix Doctor" and "The Chocolate Cake Mix Doctor".

tortica Posted 24 May 2006 , 3:28pm

I bought tihis book and returned it next day when I figured out cakes were not made from scratch... Uselss to me since we have no cake-mixes sold hereicon_smile.gif

BayouGatorFan Posted 24 May 2006 , 3:29pm

The few recipes I have tried have not been all that impressed.

Cakeasyoulikeit Posted 24 May 2006 , 3:33pm

i have both the ones mentioned and have really liked all the recipes I've tried!

patton78 Posted 24 May 2006 , 3:35pm

I love this book! Not only does it have great recipies, especially for chocolate cakes, it has great tips on baking cakes throughout the book.

CakeDesigns Posted 24 May 2006 , 3:36pm

Piña colada cake, cream cheese pound cake, ice cream cake, chocolate-pistachio cake, darn good chocolate cake, Susan's lemon cake, fresh orange cake are excellent. The chocolate almond cake was good but not rated excellent because I don't like the combination of chocolate with almond. I wasn't impressed with the cola cake/frosting and one cooked chocolate frosting recipe I tried (name?). All others have been a hit.

fearlessbaker Posted 24 May 2006 , 3:42pm

Thought it was just me. I gave my book away.

carflea Posted 24 May 2006 , 3:43pm

Personally i think i want to experiment more from scratch.... I'm trying to eliminate the trans fat.... Are there any good from scratch books out there???

CakeDesigns Posted 24 May 2006 , 3:48pm

I forgot to mentioned that I used applesauce instead of oil for the recipes. I bake from scratch all the cakes I sell but I've made the above recipes for family, friends and church gatherings. They always ask me to make these.

bennettsrus Posted 24 May 2006 , 3:51pm

I borrowed the books from the library and I really loved them. I have never made carrot or lemon cakes and both that I made turned out great. I am considering purchasing the two books.

emilykakes Posted 24 May 2006 , 4:02pm

I love this book! I use the basic butter cake, basic buttermilk devil's food and the darn good chocolate cake all the time. If you use cake mixes I think that this book is a great way to jazz up your mix. The basic recipes are great to build on and experiment with. I love to throw in whatever I have in my kitchen and also play with the flavors by changing the vanilla extract to another flavor or adding some lorann oils. I plan to get the chocolate and cupcake book soon.

Vmoore Posted 24 May 2006 , 4:03pm

Almost all of my cakes are from these books. Try Susan's Lemon Cake, Darn Good Chocolate Cake, and the Cherry Chocolate cake. Just made the Darn Good Choc cake last week for a party of 40 and got about 10 requests for the recipe. thumbs_up.gif VERY dense, VERY moist, VERY tasty! HTH!

twindees Posted 24 May 2006 , 5:29pm

every cake I have baked from that book everyone loves.

NEWTODECORATING Posted 24 May 2006 , 5:34pm

The carmel cake/icing and turtle cake are GREAT!

leily Posted 24 May 2006 , 11:24pm
Originally Posted by carflea

Personally i think i want to experiment more from scratch.... I'm trying to eliminate the trans fat.... Are there any good from scratch books out there???

I haven't tried it yet, but i think "The cake Bible" by Rose Levy is suppose to be really good for scratch.

As for the cake mix doctor. I have tried a few and i wasn't impressed, but the people that ate them, loved them. I thought they were dry, but everyone else said they were really moist (guess i am used to my really really moist cakes)

So I would suggest trying a few and seeing how you like them


jennjd Posted 24 May 2006 , 11:28pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the cake doctor books. ALL of them. I was very skeptical at first, but now I swear by those recipes. They give great guidlines for how to safely play around with cake mixes.

m0use Posted 26 May 2006 , 2:35pm

I have several favorite cakes marked, and I have stains on my pages already because I use it so much!

mamakau Posted 29 May 2006 , 2:59am

I absolutely LOVE my Cake Mix Doctor books, it is actually the book that inspired me to start baking in the first place! Not only are there delicious cake recipes (with color pictures of every cake), but there are excellent cheesecake recipes (chocolate mocha swirl cheesecake with a devils food cake mix crust---to die for!), and the cookie recipes are awesome as well. Every dessert I've made from this book have been met with rave reviews. I recently purchased her Cupcakes from the Cake Mix Doctor book, so I'll have recipes I can make for my daughter's preschool. Thanks Anne Byrn!

kathyg Posted 29 May 2006 , 3:12am

I also LOVE these cookbooks. I do one recipe that is always a hit. Everyone orders these during the holidays from me. Its the ever so moist chocolate cake on page 37 (Chocolate cake mix dr) with the white chocolate frosting (pg 424( cake mix dr) I then put chocolate shavings on it. Also, if anyone is interested- the dinner dr is excellent and also the cupcake dr( great for kids and bake sales). I bought the cupcake dr book from QVC.

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