A New Take on Cake

Anne Byrn, author of the bestselling book The Cake Mix Doctor (Workman, 1999), has returned to her favorite subject with a new book, A New Take on Cake: 175 Beautiful, Doable Cake Mix Recipes for Bundts, Layers, Slabs, Loaves, Cookies, and More! (Clarkson Potter, 2021). If you’re a baker who loves a good shortcut, this book is for you. Byrn takes a modern look at turning a simple cake mix into a showstopper that won’t reveal its humble origins, and also won’t take you all day to make. Inspired by the shifting landscape of the baking aisle, Byrn also offers guidance on using natural cake mixes, shifting from butter to olive oil, baking vegan, gluten-free, and low-sugar cakes, and baking smaller babycakes, too. She highlights trendy flavor profiles like tahini and blood orange while staying true to beloved classics like chocolate and coffee, culminating in recipes that are sure to please adventurous bakers as well as traditionalists.

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