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On the corner of Bleecker and Eleventh Streets in the heart of Greenwich Village sits the Magnolia Bakery. This unassuming shop, where the smells of home-style baking weaken even the strongest will, has attracted a clientele that ranges from kids on their way home from school to celebrity glitterati. Cupcakes swirled with pastel frosting crowd the counter, and cakestands d On the corner of Bleecker and Eleventh Streets in the heart of Greenwich Village sits the Magnolia Bakery. This unassuming shop, where the smells of home-style baking weaken even the strongest will, has attracted a clientele that ranges from kids on their way home from school to celebrity glitterati. Cupcakes swirled with pastel frosting crowd the counter, and cakestands display Lemon Vanilla Bundt Cake, Apple Walnut Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Icing, and Coconut Layer Cake, swathed in fluffy white frosting and covered in drifts of coconut. As Time Out New York says: "The secret to Magnolia's success is simple: Nobody knows how to bake like this anymore." Magnolia's owners Jennifer Appel and Allysa Torey know how, and in The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook they share their most mouth-watering recipes, from sweet breakfast treats like Dried-Cherry Crumb Buns to classic Iced Molasses Cookies, from decadently rich Caramel Pecan Brownies and Raspberry Marzipan Cheesecake to refreshing Lemon Icebox Pie. Their easy-to-follow recipes and invaluable baking hints mean that even the inexperienced baker will be able to frost the perfect layer cake, turn out the flakiest pie crust, and whip up the creamiest cheesecake. Illustrated with eight pages of glorious color photographs, The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook will inspire you to turn on the oven and create sweet memories for your family and friends.


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On the corner of Bleecker and Eleventh Streets in the heart of Greenwich Village sits the Magnolia Bakery. This unassuming shop, where the smells of home-style baking weaken even the strongest will, has attracted a clientele that ranges from kids on their way home from school to celebrity glitterati. Cupcakes swirled with pastel frosting crowd the counter, and cakestands d On the corner of Bleecker and Eleventh Streets in the heart of Greenwich Village sits the Magnolia Bakery. This unassuming shop, where the smells of home-style baking weaken even the strongest will, has attracted a clientele that ranges from kids on their way home from school to celebrity glitterati. Cupcakes swirled with pastel frosting crowd the counter, and cakestands display Lemon Vanilla Bundt Cake, Apple Walnut Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Icing, and Coconut Layer Cake, swathed in fluffy white frosting and covered in drifts of coconut. As Time Out New York says: "The secret to Magnolia's success is simple: Nobody knows how to bake like this anymore." Magnolia's owners Jennifer Appel and Allysa Torey know how, and in The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook they share their most mouth-watering recipes, from sweet breakfast treats like Dried-Cherry Crumb Buns to classic Iced Molasses Cookies, from decadently rich Caramel Pecan Brownies and Raspberry Marzipan Cheesecake to refreshing Lemon Icebox Pie. Their easy-to-follow recipes and invaluable baking hints mean that even the inexperienced baker will be able to frost the perfect layer cake, turn out the flakiest pie crust, and whip up the creamiest cheesecake. Illustrated with eight pages of glorious color photographs, The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook will inspire you to turn on the oven and create sweet memories for your family and friends.

30 review for The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook: Old Fashioned Recipes From New York's Sweetest Bakery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Donna Siebold

    I very much enjoyed baking from this cookbook. I have never had the pleasure of eating an item directly from Magnolia, but I found the recipes I tried to be easy to follow, yielding delicious results. My only caveat would be that a few of the muffin recipes were sweeter than I would prefer. I did not bake any of the frosted cakes, but may well give a few of them a try at some point in the future. I did borrow the book from my public library, but I liked it well enough to put it on my list of des I very much enjoyed baking from this cookbook. I have never had the pleasure of eating an item directly from Magnolia, but I found the recipes I tried to be easy to follow, yielding delicious results. My only caveat would be that a few of the muffin recipes were sweeter than I would prefer. I did not bake any of the frosted cakes, but may well give a few of them a try at some point in the future. I did borrow the book from my public library, but I liked it well enough to put it on my list of desired cookbooks. I have so many I refuse to buy more for myself, but I am not above a strongly worded hint!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa (Books Take You Places)

    Originally reviewed on Books Take You Places Sometimes, I do things besides read and blog, like bake! Though sometimes that baking experience is so delicious and amazingly enough can be rerouted back again to blogging so here we are. A few weeks ago, I checked out The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook from my local library. I don’t know if any of you have ever been to Magnolia Bakery in NYC (or heard about it on Sex and the City), but let me tell you, the treats there are DELICIOUS. The best part (for laz Originally reviewed on Books Take You Places Sometimes, I do things besides read and blog, like bake! Though sometimes that baking experience is so delicious and amazingly enough can be rerouted back again to blogging so here we are. A few weeks ago, I checked out The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook from my local library. I don’t know if any of you have ever been to Magnolia Bakery in NYC (or heard about it on Sex and the City), but let me tell you, the treats there are DELICIOUS. The best part (for lazy moi) is the fact that they are now also located in Grand Central Station! This obviously means that every time I step foot in Grand Central I must buy something (see: cupcakes) and all three days that my aunt and I were in NYC for BEA resulted in A LOT of Magnolia Bakery purchases. I have to be honest and tell you that although I enjoy baking and have made a plethora of breads and cookies from scratch; I have yet to try cakes or frosting! I was so excited and also quite nervous to try these recipes for the first time, but overall I think they were a success, at least, no one became sick and I heard lots of yummy noises! My first attempt was the Devil’s Food Cake (except I made cupcakes) with Mocha Buttercream Frosting and let me tell you, they were delicious! I have now made these for multiple parties – including a luau bridal shower – and everyone raves about them. The frosting is especially a hit for both lovers and non-lovers of coffee (or espresso) and I’ll tell you a secret – I’ve even plastered it on top of a cake made from a box recipe, blasphemous, I KNOW, but it even enhances the most boring cupcake recipe. I checked this book out before purchasing it because some of the reviews made me wary. I am thrilled to say that I will definitely be purchasing this cookbook very soon and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn some secrets of the perfection that is Magnolia Bakery. Yum!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    So far I've only tried a couple of the recipes in this book, but I have a number of more that I want to make. The instructions are clear and well written, and the list of ingredients is usefully pulled out to the side of each page, making it easier to look through and see if you have everything available. The 'Glazed Breakfast Buns' were delicious and although I think they're too sweet for breakfast, they work nicely at other times with a nice cup of tea. My 'Raspberry Crumb Squares' didn't work So far I've only tried a couple of the recipes in this book, but I have a number of more that I want to make. The instructions are clear and well written, and the list of ingredients is usefully pulled out to the side of each page, making it easier to look through and see if you have everything available. The 'Glazed Breakfast Buns' were delicious and although I think they're too sweet for breakfast, they work nicely at other times with a nice cup of tea. My 'Raspberry Crumb Squares' didn't work out as well, but I didn't follow the instructions exactly, so I blame myself. The result was delicious anyway, and I hope it will work out better when I follow what's written. Just made the 'Orange Vanilla Chip Cookies' last night with white chocolate chunks instead of vanilla chips (never heard of these, and definitely can't get them in the UK) - really really yummy, and faintly remind me of Creamsicles as the text says. It's unfortunate that a lot of their cookie and bars seems to require chips in various flavours, as they are really difficult, if nigh on impossible, to get here. I guess I'll have to stock up when I'm next in the States on: vanilla chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, white choc chips and of course chocolate chips.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    i would actually give this 4 1/2 stars all of the recipes looked really delicious and the recipes didn't call for that many ingredients and they were ingredients that were common i could have made many of the recipes because they are ones that are staples in a pantry i wouldn't mind owning this and here is why it did not get 5 stars the cookbook is from 1999 and it was still 20.00$ on amazon i got over the fact that there were not many pictures in fact there were only like 4 pictures but for a b i would actually give this 4 1/2 stars all of the recipes looked really delicious and the recipes didn't call for that many ingredients and they were ingredients that were common i could have made many of the recipes because they are ones that are staples in a pantry i wouldn't mind owning this and here is why it did not get 5 stars the cookbook is from 1999 and it was still 20.00$ on amazon i got over the fact that there were not many pictures in fact there were only like 4 pictures but for a book that old that is not that fat i would not pay 20 bucks

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I give this book 3.5 stars. I've heard so many great things about Magnolia Bakery in New York and having missed the chance to visit, I decided to purchase this book to diy :) When I bake, I usually follow the recipe to the letter but it was a big mistake when I made one of the cakes. I ended up with way too much frosting for my cake and it was much too sweet! Maybe one day I'll give this book another try and modify the ingredients.....

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Magnolia Bakery is one of my favorite places to get a cupcake. I especially enjoy their Rocking Red Velvet cupcakes during the holiday season. I borrowed this book from the library and tried their vanilla cupcake recipe and buttercream frosting. The recipe was easy to follow and the result was positive. I have yet to try any other recipe but I look forward to doing so.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dona

    Don't read this if you're hungry! You'll find yourself running to the store for ingredients. A very nice collection of delicious recipes to have in your recipe box. Nothing extreme, too fancy or time consuming. Directions are clearly written. There were only a few photos, which is not a huge deal, but I like seeing an image for each recipe.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susanne

    Everything I have made from this book has been amazingly good and relatively straightforward. Their buttercream is now one of my buttercreams. The buttermilk chocolate cake recipe is excellent. (The review is basically the same as the other Magnolia book because they repeat some key recipes. You don't really need both but I'm not sad I have them.)

  9. 4 out of 5

    ElizWayman

    I want to like this cookbook more than I do. I've only made a few of the recipes, but I was less than blown away by the result of each. The directions are simple and direct, but so far no "must bakes" have resulted. I'm going to keep testing more of the recipes before I pass final judgement. One high point has been the icing recipes - the most delicious buttercream frosting I've made.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Fantastic collection! The Magnolia Bakery has quite a reputation, and this cookbook doesn't disappoint. I will admit to not having tried any of the recipes yet, but I have read the cookbook cover to cover and the ideas sound wonderful. Nothing in particular stands out as an absolute must make, but but I have high hopes for the cupcakes!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    This summer I had the good fortune to go to the Magnolia Bakery. I understand what the fuss is about. Their cupcakes are heavenly. This cookbook looks promising. If it can deliver, I'll change my rating to 5 stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Merrideth

    Best cupcakes EVER!!! And now you too can make them in your own kitchen! Woohoo. In all honesty I have made a couple things that weren't my very favorite, BUT the cupcake, icing and banana bread recipes are worth every bit of the 5 stars I gave.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    Just okay - I don't like the inclusion of recipes with "cans of ____ pie filling" etc. - why not just use the fresh fruit? Some good recipes in here though - good, standard ones to have handy. I like my coconut cake better, but that's understandable!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elisha (lishie)

    The only reason for 4, not 5 stars is lack of pictures! There are just a few. I love Magnolia Bakery. It is a treat to take a long walk into the west Village and get a cupcake on a nice day. So happy to finally have the cookbook. Now I need the 2nd one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan Howson

    I sort of think Magnolia is overrated. I can't deal with the amount of sugar in every recipe, I think it takes away from the taste However, I do like having a few of these kinds of cookbooks around. Buttery, creamy, no excuses.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Big Apple Tiny Kitchen

    This is the new project, I am making one recipe a week.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beka

    Basic and a little boring.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Cupcakes. I dream of these buttery cakes.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    more tasty looking treats to make.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    I was pretty disappointed that the recipe for their famous banana pudding is not included, but I'm excited to try some of the other recipes.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Great cupcakes

  22. 4 out of 5

    Patti

    the cakes and cupcakes are so yummy from here. i love the detail to the instructions so i can't screw it up. every step has a reason!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susie

    More pictures please.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Yi

    At a glance, these seem like simple, easy-to-make recipes. Tried the Walnut Squares with a little bit of tweaking (to use up some dates) and it turned out great.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    The book I pull down first for any sweet baking project

  26. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    No words. Bake. Enjoy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    Recipes all looked DELICIOUS!! But lots of butter in everything!!!! I have not made any of the recipes, but made some copies to try later.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nora

    It looks like an old-fashioned cookbook & has recipes that Grandma might have made. Not many photos or info--just recipes.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    By far -- the BEST baking cookbook EVER!!!! Try the devils food cake.... The chocolate buttercream is so rich, you don't even need to add the sugar (but, you do, of course).

  30. 4 out of 5

    Liga

    send me VANILLA EXTRACT, friends. riga offers only vanila sugar...

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