Piece of Cake! One-Bowl, No-Fuss, From-Scratch Cakes

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Piece of Cake!: One-Bowl, No-Fuss, From-Scratch Cakes is a fantastic new cookbook written by recipe developer Camilla Saulsbury.

If you want easy cake recipes, and who doesn’t these days when we are all busy, you HAVE to look at this cookbook.

Camilla has developed so many absolutely fabulous recipes you won’t know where to begin – all using her one bowl, no creaming method.

These recipes are fantastic and oh so easy you won’t believe it!

Here are a few things you WON’T have to do with Camilla’s recipes in Piece of Cake:

  • You won’t need multiple bowls
  • You won’t need to cream the butter, shortening or oil with the sugar
  • You won’t need to separate the eggs
  • You won’t need to alternately add ingredients while simultaneously mixing
  • You won’t need to use cake flour or any other fancy or unusual flour
  • You won’t need to sift the flour
  • You won’t need to own or use a heavy-duty stand mixer.

 
I don’t know about you but it sounds great to me. And how about the recipes? Here is just a sample of the fantastic recipes in this book:

  • Orange Olive Oil Cake with Blackberry Compote
  • Peach Melba Cake
  • Plum Upside-Down Cake
  • Napa Valley Grape Cake
  • Jam Crumb Cake
  • Polenta Cake with Anise and Honey
  • Lime and Ginger Cake
  • Banana Pecan Snack Cake
  • Walnut Cream Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting
  • Gooey Chess Cake
  • Everyday Apple Cake with Lemon Icing
  • Mocha Chip Bundt
  • Peanut Butter Cup Bundt
  • Coconut, Almond and Chocolate Chip Bundt
  • Boston Cream Pie
  • Chocolate Ganache Stout Cake
  • Mocha Cake with Coffee Buttercream
  • Toffee Almond Cake

We have been given permission to share two of these wonderful recipes from Piece of Cake on the site. Give one of these a try and see what you think -

chocolate bundt cake sticky toffee pudding cake
The Perfect Chocolate
Bundt Cake
Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake



In addition to the fabulous cake recipes, Camilla includes more than 50 recipes for icings, glazes and sauces.
Here is what some people who have purchased this cookbook have to say about Piece of Cake!: One-Bowl, No-Fuss, From-Scratch Cakes:

Mary Elizabeth Rodgers says:

I am excited to be the first to review because this is a wonderful book (I took it to bed with me the first night, could not put it down because the author’s writing is delightful.)

But what about the cakes? I’ve tried three, all from different chapters: I made the raspberry cake first as raspberries are plentiful right now and I had all of the ingredients on hand. Result? Heavenly.

On to the perfect chocolate Bundt… This truly is THE perfect chocolate cake – the best chocolate cake I have ever made, and I have made many homemade chocolate cakes.

I made the poppyseed pound cake yesterday to take to church today… But one bowl, the easiest preparation I’ve ever gone through for a pound cake, and hour and a half later, I had a glorious – GLORIOUS pound cake.

What a fantastic book. I cannot wait to make many more recipes. Oh, and meant to mention: LOVE the spiral, lie-flat binding of the book. Wish there were even more photos, but the photos are lovely. And many tips for perfect cakes, throughout, many of which I had never come across before. Whether you are an experienced baker, or brand new to baking cakes, you will find great pleasure and success with this terrific book.

(I agree about the photos Mary Elizabeth. I always love lots of photos but you don’t get that much in cookbooks today.)

From The Enthusiastic Baker comes this review:

The author is right that one-bowl cakes are the “forgotten gems”.

But this book goes far beyond anything my or anyone else’s grandmother was making years ago. The old-fashioned ones are here, but lots and lots of exciting new flavors, but all created with the one-bowl, super-easy-to-make method. The recipes are terrific-sounding. But what the author does different is that she has expanded a technique that many bakes have never tried or just don’t know about. This makes this book so much more than a just a recipe book about cakes.

I baked the Provençal Olive Oil Cake with Golden Raisins, Rosemary and Walnuts because the photo was so tempting. What an incredible, sophisticated, and very easy cake. Made the blackberry kuchen for guests on Saturday – it was the perfect make-ahead summer dessert. I was accused of being a secret pastry chef. Staying with the berry theme (they are on sale) I made the raspberry-blueberry pound cake. AMAZING! I could not be happier with this book, and I own at least 20 cake cookbooks.

Marin Kennedy from Knoxville, TN writes:

The concept for Piece of Cake is that with a simplified method, you can make quick, easy cakes–as easy as a cake mix – that rival time-intensive, multi-bowl, complicated cakes.

This is a delightful reinvention of a little-know cake-baking method that sets tradition on its ear and produces great cakes with little effort. Using this method, anyone will be able to make incredible cakes with little time and zero fuss.
About Camilla:

Camilla Saulsbury is a freelance recipe developer and food writer. She has written 11 cookbooks so far and has won several of America’s top cooking competitions, including the Food Network’s $25,000 Ultimate Recipe showdown (the cookies episode).

5 stars   I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to make delicious cakes easily. Even if you don’t bake often, this book is so full of gems, that it will be a standby in your cookbook collection forever. Piece of Cake!: One-Bowl, No-Fuss, From-Scratch Cakes a 5 star “must buy”. Thanks Camilla.

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