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The Cake Mix Doctor
The Cake Mix Doctor
Author: Anne Byrn
The Cake Mix Doctor is in! And the prescription is simple: By doctoring up packaged cake mix with just the right extras--a touch of sweet butter here, cocoa powder there, or poppy seeds, vanilla yogurt, sherry, eggs, and grated lemon zest for the Charleston Poppy Seed Cake--even the least experienced baker can turn out luscious signature dessert...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780761117193
ISBN-10: 0761117199
Publication Date: 11/1999
Pages: 464
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 69 ratings
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed The Cake Mix Doctor on
Helpful Score: 5
This cookbook yields some amazing cakes, including a fabulous caramel cake, a wonderful red velvet (though don't use as much food coloring as called for), and a coconut layer cake that is to die for. Best of all, the recipes are easy (though sometimes the frostings can take a little effort). Be prepared (and unafraid) to make notes and modifications to customize recipes to suit your tastes. All of my family's birthday cakes come from this book now.
Suzyjal avatar reviewed The Cake Mix Doctor on + 21 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This is a very handy one to have around. It's so easy to make an ordinary box mix into something extra special, just by adding a few extra ingredients. Whenever we have a birthday or an event around here, it's the first place I turn. The author is also full of hints and tips on baking in general, which I have found very useful. Also, each recipe has a little tid bit or back story that goes with it, which I love.
Don't be expecting a lushly illustrated book though, it has black and white photos throughout, and a few color pages which illustrate each cake in the beginning of the book. Not appealing photos; they look like badly lit mugshots. Don't let this stop you though, it's a handy book to own.
KoryO avatar reviewed The Cake Mix Doctor on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I have to admit, I have passed off cakes from this book as being from scratch. No one was the wiser, and that includes people who loudly proclaimed that they couldn't stand cake mix cakes and could spot them from a mile away. ;)

The banana cake with caramel frosting is nothing short of amazing, and the chocolate covered cherry one is phenomenal. (I adjusted the cooking times slightly to make them 13x9 cakes, and they all turned out wonderfully.) She also has a website where she lists some of her newer creations, FYI. But the ones in this book are really all you need.
patmat avatar reviewed The Cake Mix Doctor on + 175 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Excellent baking resource. The recipes are easy to follow and the ones I have used have produced wonderful cakes. My family thinks we should test every recipe "just to be sure" that all the recipes do work! :)
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Helpful Score: 2
Wonderful ideas on "doctoring" up ordinary cake mixes.
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reviewed The Cake Mix Doctor on + 11 more book reviews
If you don't have the time to make things from scratch, this is the best cake book ever. I have tried many of the recipes, but by far: the rum cake recipe is the best.
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love these recipes !! makes me want to bake and I am not a baker!


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