Tish Boyle's newest book, The Cake Book, is the kind of book that makes a home baker want to swear off cake mixes forever once she has tried a few of the recipes. As with all of her books, Tish's clear and straightforward recipes guide cooks through the baking process with relative ease - no small feat given the temperamental nature of cake batters. Some recipes are simpler than others, of course, so Tish has provided a helpful rating system so bakers can decide if a recipe will be quick or be more advanced and require a greater time commitment.
The book is broken down into chapters by the type of cake, including foam cakes, pound cakes, fruit cakes, flourless cakes and cheesecakes, as well as sections for basic frostings, fillings and accompaniments to the cakes. There are also excellent tutorials on how to frost and decorate your cakes, for learning the differences and functions of various baking ingredients and troubleshooting the cakes, just in case something should something go wrong - even though it probably won't.
This book is a good choice for bakers of all abilities, as well as people who simply love cake. It is a great choice if you are the one who ends up bringing the cakes to family (and friends') birthday celebrations and other events and wants to add a few nearly-foolproof, but delicious, recipes to the lineup.