Sometimes a cookbook comes along that is so fantastic, you want to tell everyone you know. Desserts from the Loveless Cafe is just one of those books! I just received the book today, but have already made the Muddy Fudge Pie and Coconut Chews, both are outstanding. My family is from Tennessee and I grew up with Chocolate Pie that could never quite be replicated since no one bothered with a recipe, but the Muddy Fudge Pie is as close as it has ever come. Many of the recipes in this book are classic Southern desserts, such as Red Velvet Cake, Hummingbird Cake, and Coconut Cake. But many of the recipes are old favorites with new twists, such as Pastel Angel Food Cake (colored pastel with natural blackberry or cherry juice), and Banana Split Cheesecake. There are cakes I have never heard of also, such as the cafe's Lemon Tunnel-of-Love Tea Cake, a lemon bundt cake made with a swirl of cream cheese in the middle.
I hate to admit that I judge books by their cover, but I love cookbooks with beautiful photos of recipes, and this cookbook does not disappoint. The majority of recipes have a photo accompanying it, and the layout of the book is gorgeous. It is broken down into sections by: Blue Ribbon Pies, Country Cakes, Crisps/Cobblers/Shortcakes, Coffee/Tea/Cheesecakes, Cookies/Bar/Cupcakes, and Puddings. Many of these recipes are short and concise, easy enough for beginning bakers.This book has something for everyone, from classic pies to cookie bars and Tipsy Cake. There is also a small section with multiple photographs displaying the steps to create a lattice pie crust. As far as I can tell, you don't need any fancy pans or equipment, though several of the recipes call for the ingredients to be mixed in a food processor. This is a fantastic book for anyone looking for recipes of classic, southern desserts with minimal fuss!