Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Baking by the Books: The Cake Mix Doctor's 25 Best Birthday Cakes by Anne Byrn

I read a lot of cozy mysteries that include yummy recipes for cookies and other baked items and I love to try the recipes (but I can't reprint them for obvious copyright reasons so you'll have to pick up the book if you want to try them!) so I've decided to share my results in a new post series called Baking by the Books. I'd love your feedback!

Peanut Butter Cake
from The Cake Mix Doctor's 25 Best Birthday Cakes by Anne Byrn

Okay, this isn't from a cozy, but I wanted to share it anyway since they smelled so yummy!  These cupcakes smell exactly like the peanut butter centers in Reese's peanut butter cups but are light and fluffy and delicious.  

You know me, I'm not a mix person at all (chemicals and other foulness) but I got this book from Lendle for my Kindle app on my iPad and figured what the heck.  So, I stocked up on my cake mixes and went to work.  I'm actually quite pleased with the results!  Sure, they're no Martha, but they're a good second.

As a side note, this recipe made 32 cupcakes.   Yeah, I know it was supposed to be a cake, but cupcakes are infinitely cuter and you can't beat the whole single serving thing.

Everyone needs one great, foolproof recipe for a birthday cake—here, from the Cake Mix Doctor, America’s bestselling baking author whose books have sold millions of copies, are 25 of them, plus the perfect frostings and icings.

You won’t believe these cakes came out of a box. By enhancing packaged cake mix with just the right additions—whole milk, a dollop of lemon yogurt, a touch of cinnamon or a teaspoon of cocoa powder—Anne Byrn turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. And it’s so easy. From The Best Red Velvet Cake to a Peanut Butter Cake with Fluffy Chocolate Frosting, Tres Leches Cake Piled High with Strawberries to Anne’s own My Favorite Birthday Cake, there’s a cake here for every taste. Even a Gluten-Free Yellow Birthday Cake, and five recipes for irresistible birthday cupcakes, including Ice Cream Cone Cakes for a memorable children’s party.


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