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I love the bundt baking tins but needed recipes to ensure enough mixture for the tins. Unfortunately this book was not really what I was looking for. I was not keen on the individual recipes and so, for me, it was definitely not worth the purchase price.
Very disappointed in this book for it to be a black owned business and for the photographs and illustrations not reflect that at all it’s just downright disgraceful And just from a glance of the recipes and me being a well seasoned down home southern Baker Those recipes don’t look too promising The recipes are not calling for enough fat and one thing I know with making homemade cakes you cannot skimp on the fat!!!
I was expecting more from an "award winning" bundt bakery cookbook. I would have liked a few more advanced, specialty recipes, but I guess the author wants to keep her best, most unique recipes to herself since it is her business, but I thought the title of the book was a little misleading. I was expected at least a couple "award winning" recipes to be included. The recipes I have tried are bland.
In addition, the book is small, and doesn't stay open at all. I kept having to turn the book upside down to keep it open to my page while I did something. I was constantly having to pick it up, turn it over, and look at the pages. Pages are soiled, the binding is broken. Really cheaply made.
Also, most pages include a hand drawn illustration of a very well endowed woman with most of her chest showing. My husband walked by, saw it and asked, "WHAT are you reading?" When I told him it was the cookbook, he said that was very strange pictures for a cookbook and I had to agree.
I've made the basic vanilla recipe and found it very boring. So after that, I tried the rum-eggnog adding more spices, using spiced eggnog and made the rum glaze on half and eggnog buttercream on the other half and people thought that was better. However, both cakes came out really dry. Other cakes come out raw on the top while being over done in the bottom of the pan. I followed all instructions in the book, bought an oven thermometer and tried different bundt pans without success. I haven't had this issue with any recipe from any other cookbook or online source.
I've had this book for almost a year now. I've made the vanilla bundt, champagne bundt, egg nog-rum bundt, baileys bundt blue berry smash and a chocolate bundt. Overall, I found all the recipes bland and boring. I've made notes on all the recipes I've tried to add rum or bourbon or nutmeg, something to give them flavor. My favorite is the champagne cake (it tastes like a sugar cookie), with rum AND bourbon added to the glaze and batter and chocolate chips. I can only make mini bundts if I want them evenly cooked. The book have fallen apart after making maybe a dozen cakes. I hadn't used it for months when I tried the blueberry smash for the 3rd time. What a mushy, soggy embarassing mess! I'll probably make the champagne cake mini bundts again now that I completely changed the recipe so its flavourful but otherwise I'm sticking to online recipes.
Very poor editing of this cookbook. Recipe tried was missing an important ingredient and the amount of salt was tripled with a typo. Expensive baking mistake and I am an experienced baker. Would be a nightmare for a novice.