The Cake Bible

by Rose Levy Beranbaum

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Original Publisher
William Morrow and Company
Date of publication

Recommended by

Erin Jeanne McDowell

Cook, food writer and food stylist

I was 16 when I decided I wanted to be a baker. I used to go to my local bookstore to pour over books as I began to learn about baking. I was too broke to buy any (at first), but this book fed me in so many ways, and eventually became one of the very first cookbooks on my shelf. It taught me precision, to have a sharp, careful eye, and how amazing one single dessert can be.

Stella Parks

Pastry chef

My parents gave me this book for my birthday when I was 14 years old, and it represented so many firsts for me! The first time I ever used weight measurements, the first time I'd ever made Swiss buttercream, the first time I ever made a sponge cake, and I was obsessed with all the variations that were included with each recipe.

Melissa McCart

Food writer and restaurant critic

My owner of my favorite NYC bookstore led me to Rose for teaching myself to make any kind of cake. It's a tremendous resource.

Barbara Feldman Morse


This book is a classic for many of us. It became a trusted, well-visited book.

Susi Gott Séguret

Chef, Author, Culinary School Director

A-Z secrets to great cakes

George Geary CCP

Multi-award winning Author, Tour Guide and TV personality

Great cakes for anytime.

Belinda Jeffery

Cookbook author

Yotam Ottolenghi

Chef and author

Karen Barnes

Editor, Delicious magazine

Melissa Clark

Food Columnist, The New York Times

Sonia Cabano

Author, former chef & TV cook/presenter

Jamie Schler

Blogger, Life’s a Feast and Plated Stories