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April 26, 2014

Book Review - Delia's Cakes

This is a completely revised edition of Delia Smith's Book of Cakes first published in 1977. Since then, she has gone on to be a household name in Britain and quite well known in Australia, so presumably does not need a surname anymore. The recipes have all been revised, simplified and updated for 2013 and she includes useful general tips on methods and equipment. More than 90% have options for gluten-free baking and some recipes are egg-free. She now advocates using soft butter spreads which almost completely do away with the step of creaming the butter and sugar, just put them all in together and whisk! As well as all kinds of cakes, there are also recipes for delicious sounding biscuits and muffins. The Iced Lemon Curd Layer Cake and the Hidden Strawberry Cupcakes caught my eye and the light sponge of the Orange and Passionfruit Cake would suit this warmer weather. Wendy

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