Maida Heatter's Cakes

I received for this book review, a cookbook that was first printed in 1997, but now It's been revamped and updated in paperback and is called Maida Heatter's Cakes. This is a collection of her favorites out of 175 published cake recipes. That's quite an accomplishment for a writer to have that many award winning cake recipes. Over the years her books have been divided up into 9 books full of baking tips and secrets. This book is detailed in text only and has no pictures so you will need to make these specialty cakes yourself to see their true beauty. I could bake a cake every week with this book since the instructions are so clearly mapped out for you. Just reading about the cakes will have you starving for a piece of cake.

Some of the 100's inside: Gingerbreads, Tassies, California Carrot Cake, Muffins, Cupcakes, Frostings, Loaf Cakes, Ice Creams, Yeast Cakes, Preserves, and many more categories of baked goodies abound in this book you will treasure it.

Maida Heatter's Cakes have already received the James Beard Foundation Cookbook Hall Of Fame Award. Those are not easy to get so she should be very proud. That alone should tell you that you need to read this cookbook of cake collections. She starts out telling you how she started writing cookbooks, which I found to be very interesting. I won't spoil it for you here.

I gave her Vanilla Pastry Cream a try and it was marvelous. It's rich, thick and delicious. I generally make buttercream myself with just butter and powdered sugar but she added eggs and a bit of flour to the mixture and it makes all of the difference in the world. The consistency of that pastry cream will have you wanting to put it on every single thing you can find. She also uses more vanilla extract than I ever have so that must be part of the secret to a fluffy frosting that tastes sinful.

The first cake I've made was an Oatmeal Cake. My mom always made an Oatmeal Cake but I never had the recipe so I am so happy to have found this one! It tastes exactly like the cakes I remember as a child. Sweet and light it's a very airy cake sort of the texture of an angel food.

It's made with oats so it's basically a good for you healthier cake to try. I'll be making this one every couple of months for snacking. The crumbly crunchy topping is so easy to make and takes this cake way over the top of the great taste radar. Or how about this one, Pecan Peanut Butter Banana Bread?

The name might be long but the taste is great and it's actually another good for you cake because all of the ingredients are diabetic friendly. I love it when a cake tastes great but can still be eaten by everyone at the table. I give book two big thumbs up because it has dozens of classics included, retro desserts, sauces, ice creams and so much more.

The only reason this cookbook is getting a 4 instead of a 5 from me, is the lack of pictures. I really love to see photos of desserts whenever possible.

Book Blurb for Maida Heatter's Cakes

Cakes are experiencing a renaissance, and the revival wouldn't be complete without Maida Heatter's Cakes, available for the first time in paperback. First published in 1997, Maida Heatter's Cakes is a "best of" compilation of 175 of Maida's classic, most beloved cake recipes originally published in her nine baking books. From an ever-so-lighter take on her legendary Queen Mother's Cake, Maida's self-proclaimed favorite, to cakes, sticky buns, homemade doughnuts, cheesecakes, muffins, ice creams, and sauces, Maida Heatter's Cakes offers foolproof recipes for novice and experienced bakers alike presented alongside charming two-color, line-drawn illustrated interiors.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2011 4.00