Raincoast Books – Magic Cakes

Magic. It’s something that amazes us all. But did you know that you can create magic within the space of your very own kitchen? I remember the first time I made an impossible pie – it was so cool! But I have a lovely cookbook to tell you about that makes a triple layer pie! Cool, eh?

Magic Cakes by Christelle Huet-Gomez gives you more than 30 recipes to make delightful cakes that divide themselves into three layers – a dense but moist cake base, then a cream filling, and finally a fluffy sponge top! I like that she starts off the cookbook by telling us a few basics – including how it’s possible to get one batter to do this! There are also the ”Five Golden Rules” of making these cakes – after all, it would be a disappointment if you made it wrong and those layers never appeared!

Most of the recipes in this book are sweet ones – there’s the batch of Basic ones that include a vanilla and chocolate version, but also a Salted Butter Caramel Cake! Then there’s the Tutti Frutti ones that are based around fruits. I’m thinking the Lemon and Poppyseed one has to hit my table – I love both those flavours! But the Pineapple and Coconut one comes in at a close second because I love both those as well! I like that the author also includes some unique cakes – like the Raspberry and Matcha Tea Cake and the Pistachio and Morello Cherry Cake! The Classics has quite a few familiar sounding names but then add magic to them! For example, the Magic Gingerbread Cake!? The Magic Cheesecake – must try – cheesecake lovers in this house! I’m sure the Marshmallow Cake would be well received by my children! Ha!

There are also three savory recipes included – I think I’ll be making the Magic Mustard Quiche – it has ham and cheese and puff pastry and sun-dried tomatoes in it! Sounds yummy to me! And it’s always fun to try different recipes like this for main course! If you’re interested in trying this recipe, head over to Cooked.com to find it!

The recipe I tried was the Magic Brownies! We have a lot of chocolate loving people in this house so it was an easy choice. It was quite tasty, though I was surprised at the consistency of the bottom part – it wasn’t as much of a “cake” base as I thought it would be. It was a bit more of a baked custard consistency? The flavour was great though and it seems to me that it disappeared quite rapidly, with ice cream, of course!

I find it so neat that people have discovered these tricks over the years! And then people like Christelle take the concept and apply it to a whole series of recipes! Inspired, I tell you!

I appreciate Raincoast allowing me to taste test recipes of all kinds – it’s kind of fun to have a greater glimpse into the variety out there in the world! If you’d like to check out more recipes by Christelle, she has another cookbook called “Mug Crumbles” that features mini crumbles made in the microwave for speedy desserts! You can also follow her on Instagram for some kitchen inspiration! Interested in purchasing this book? Check out your local bookstore or head over to Amazon or Chapters!

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  1. Laurie P says:

    magical indeed! My sister would love this book, she’s the cake maker in family!

  2. kathy downey says:

    My niece loves to bake this would be a nice book for her!

  3. Delicious recipes! Really gets my sweet tooth going 😉

  4. Cake > pie. At least for now.

  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Sounds like an amazing cook book. I’d love to try to make a 3 layered cake – that would certainly impress guests I’d assume 🙂

  6. I love cake and pie so much! The Morello Cherry Cake you mentioned sounds incredible!

  7. HEIDI C. says:

    I am not a big fan of cake… except for cakes that have moist centres! These cakes look so yummy to me.

  8. Sounds like a great book to bring out the cake baker in me.

  9. The book would be a great addition for any baker.

  10. kathy downey says:

    My daughter would love this book!

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