A while back, I was sent an especially fun cookbook to review – Complete Cake Mix Magic: 300 Easy Desserts Good as Homemade. This cookbook, written by Jill Snider, has a lot of things going for it, including the fact that it involves one of my favorite things in the world…. cake!
Something else it has going for it is variety. Unlike what you might expect, the recipes in Complete Cake Mix Magic aren’t just traditional cake recipes. As you can tell from the list of some of the recipes, below, there’s a little bit of everything in this colorful cookbook.
Some of the Recipes Included in Complete Cake Mix Magic:
- Banana Cake
- Triple Raspberry Treat
- Peach Cobbler
- Fruit-Topped Mini Cheesecakes
- Sour Cream Coffee Cake
- Strawberry Bavarian Mold
- Lemon Streusel Cake
- Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Apple Cranberry Crisp
- Very Creamy Butter Frosting
- Jiffy Snow Frosting
- Death by Chocolate
- Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cookies
- Hazelnut Biscotti
- Cereal Crisps
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Squares
- Strawberry Lime Cream Squares
- Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting
- Chocolate Pecan Bars
- Cream Cheese Brownies
- Very Peanut Buttery Frosting
- Peanut Butter Glaze
There are even recipes for extra special cakes and treats for extra special occasions:
- Frosty the Snowman Cake
- Choo-Choo Train Birthday Cake
- Pumpkin Pie Squares
- Gingerbread People
- Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes
- Ice Cream Cookies
There are over 300 recipes included and I’m pretty sure that, like me, you’re going to love them all.
Special Word About Gluten Free Cooking
Since I have to eat gluten free (health reasons – my body made the decision, not my brain) – I cannot, obviously, use the traditional ingredients or recommended cake mixes for these recipes. However, I have found that Gluten Free Cake Mixes produce outstanding results. I also simply trade out recipes that call for all purpose flour with gluten free all purpose flour.
Honestly, there are so many wonderful gluten free cake mixes and flours on the market, it’s a great time to have to eat gluten free! Easy “trade outs” mean that we can use the same cookbooks everyone else does, we simply have to stay on top of the calculations. For example, a lot (not all, thank goodness) of gluten free cake mixes make HALF the cake traditional mixes make. I have no idea why they choose to do this, I’d rather have a whole cake even if it means paying more. It’d beat buying two mixes at once.
Simple Truth (a Kroger brand) and Pillsbury are two that now have gluten free cake mixes that produce the same size cake “everyone else” gets to eat. Yay! Progress!
From the Back Cover: Discover how to transform a basic cake mix into a great cake or mouthwatering dessert simply by adding tasty and readily available ingredients. The more than 300 recipes in this book provide results that taste homemade in less than half the time it would take to bake from scratch. Simple recipes, basic ingredients, and no experience required – you’ll find all the elements necessary for outstanding results.
About the Author: Jill Snider has decades of baking experience, including 25 years as the Test Kitchen Manager for a major flour maker. She is well-respected food stylist and recipe developer. She is also the author of the bestselling Cake Mix Magic, Cake Mix Magic 2, and Bake Something Great!
Complete Cake Mix Magic is a great cookbook, whether you’ll need to make adjustments for gluten free baking or not. The recipes are easy and fun to make, the ingredients couldn’t be easier to find if they were on your own counter, and the creativity is a perfect 10 out of 10.
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