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The Perfect Cake

Full Recipe List


The Perfect Cake is the new authoritative source, featuring essentials like perfectly domed Pound Cake and superlatively chocolaty Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes, but also modern flavor profiles and techniques with a simple but impressive Tahini Banana Snack Cake and a naked-sided multilayer Blackberry-Lemon Mascarpone Cake. Here's a list of every test kitchen-approved recipe you'll find in the book.

Classic Layer Cakes

Fluffy Yellow Layer Cake
Classic White Layer Cake
Old-Fashioned Chocolate Layer Cake
Devil's Food Layer Cake
Genoise Sponge Cake
Red Velvet Layer Cake
Carrot-Honey Layer Cake
Maple Layer Cake
Vegan Yellow Layer Cake
Gluten-Free Chocolate Layer Cake

Cupcakes, Cake Pops, Mug Cakes, & More

Yellow Cupcakes
Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Filling
Carrot Cupcakes
Chocolate Cream Cupcakes
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Boston Cream Cupcakes
Pumpkin Cupcakes
Strawberry Cupcakes
Salted Caramel Cupcakes (preview recipe online)
Chocolate-Beet Cupcakes
Vegan Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
Gluten-Free Confetti Cupcakes
Party Cake Pops (preview recipe online)
Cookies and Cream Cake Pops
Molten Chocolate Microwave Mug Cake
Molten Mocha Microwave Mug Cake
Blackberry-Walnut Buckles
Cherry-Almond Buckles
Raspberry-Pistachio Buckles
Lemon Pudding Cakes
Blueberry Compote
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Fallen Chocolate Cakes
Orange Fallen Chocolate Cakes
Lavender Tea Cakes with Vanilla Bean Glaze
Petit Fours

Crowd-Pleasing Sheet Cakes

Yellow Sheet Cake
White Sheet Cake
Chocolate Sheet Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting
Simple Carrot Sheet Cake
Lemon Buttermilk Sheet Cake
Spice Cake
German Chocolate Sheet Cake
Tres Leches Cake
Pumpkin Sheet Cake
Texas Sheet Cake
Buttermilk-Caramel Cake
Strawberry Poke Cake

Sky-High Cakes

Carrot Layer Cake
Coconut Layer Cake
Lemon Layer Cake
Black Forest Cake
Chocolate Turtle Cake
Smith Island Cake
Strawberry Cream Cake
Rainbow Cake
Apricot-Almond Meringue Cake
Strawberry Stack Cake
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake
Summer Berry Trifle
Blackberry-Mascarpone Lemon Cake (preview recipe online)
Peanut Butter Pretzel Cake
Hazelnut-Chocolate Crepe Cake
Rhubarb Ribbon Cake
Toasted Almond Cake
Blueberry Jam Cake

Elegant Cakes and Tortes

French Apple Cake
Italian Almond Cake
Cornmeal Cake with Apricot-Bay Compote (preview recipe online)
Pomegranate Walnut Cake
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Chocolate-Hazelnut Cake
Chocolate-Raspberry Torte
Gateau Breton
Gateau Breton with Prune Filling
Chocolate-Pecan Torte
Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake
Refined Strawberry Shortcake
Chocolate-Espresso Dacquoise
Chocolate-Caramel Layer Cake
Raspberry Charlotte
Baked Alaska

Great American Cakes

Strawberry Dream Cake
German Chocolate Cake
German Chocolate Cake with Banana, Macadamia, and Coconut Filling
German Chocolate Cake with Coffee, Cashew, and Coconut Filling
Jelly Roll Cake
Hummingbird Cake
Chocolate Blackout Cake
Boston Cream Pie
Blitz Torte
Italian Cream Cake
Wellesley Fudge Cake
Bananas Foster Cake
Peanut Butter and Jam Cake
Minnehaha Cake
Blackberry Jam Cake
Lady Baltimore Cake
Blum's Coffee Crunch
Swiss Hazelnut Cake

Holiday Cakes

Honey Cake
Maple-Pumpkin Stack Cake
Pumpkin Roll
Yule Log
Apricot and Cherry Modern Fruitcake
Eggnog Bundt Cake
Chocolate-Peppermint Cake
Gingerbread Layer Cake
Hot Cocoa Cake
Chocolate Raspberry Hearty Cake
King Cake
Flag Cake
Patriotic Poke Cake
60-Minute Birthday Cake
Confetti Cake

Snack Cakes & Rustic Fruit Cakes

Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Apricot-Almond Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Lemon-Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chips
New York-Style Crumb Cake
Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
Applesauce Snack Cake
Applesauce Snack Cake with Oat-Nut Streusel
Ginger-Cardamom Applesauce Snack Cake
Blueberry Boy Bait
Easy Chocolate Snack Cake
Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Icing
Tahini-Banana Snack Cake (preview recipe online)
Summer Peach Cake
Rustic Plum Cake
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Apple Upside-Down Cake
Apple Upside-Down Cake with Almonds
Apple Upside-Down Cake with Lemon and Thyme
Pear-Walnut Upside-Down Cake
Honey-Rosemary Polenta Cake with Clementines

Pound Cakes, Bundt Cakes & Tube Cakes

Pound Cake
Almond Pound Cake
Ginger Pound Cake
Orange Pound Cake
Lemon Pound Cake
Chocolate Pound Cake
Cream Cheese Pound Cake
7UP Pound Cake
Cranberry-Sour Cream Pound Cake
Lemon Bundt Cake
Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake
Honey-Oat Bundt Cake
Marbled Blueberry Bundt Cake
Saffron-Orange Bundt Cake
Apple Cider Bundt Cake
Tunnel of Fudge Cake
Bold and Spicy Gingerbread Bundt Cake
Olive Oil-Yogurt Bundt Cake
Magic Chocolate Flan Cake
Angel Food Cake
Chiffon Cake
Lemon Chiffon Cake
Mocha-Nut Chiffon Cake
Orange Chiffon Cake

Cheesecakes, Icebox Cakes & Ice Cream Cakes

Foolproof New York Cheesecake
Marble Cheesecake
Lemon Cheesecake
Goat Cheese and Lemon Cheesecake with Hazelnut Crust
Triple Citrus Cheesecake
Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin-Bourbon Cheesecake with Graham-Pecan Crust
Milk Chocolate Cheesecake
Red Velvet Cheesecake
Icebox Cheesecake
Icebox Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Icebox Margarita Cheesecake
Chocolate Eclair Cake
Basic Ice Cream Cake
Basic Ice Cream Cake
Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake
S'mores Ice Cream Cake
Watermelon Ice Cream Cake
Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream Torte (preview recipe online)
Banana Split Cake

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The Definitive Guide to Cakes for Every Occasion The Perfect Cake

Gathering together years of baking knowledge in our first-ever cake book, this comprehensive collection features recipes for any cake you can imagine—from better-than-the-rest yellow cake layers for birthday parties to fanciful creations and elegant holiday desserts.