A generous friend of mine surprised me with a little gift of this cookbook after telling me she used it to bake a classic white cake for her daughter's half birthday. We quickly made the carrot cake which was wonderful. What I like about this book is first, it has every cake you could possibly want but secondly, and more importantly, the proportions are smaller. You're not making a giant cake (obviously) and it's just the right amount. There is no running to the neighbors to unload half of your baked goods because you know your family wont finish them. Uh, yeah I do that all the time... "knock-knock, hot cookies?" Not that I hear them complain but I like to remind myself that sugar and tasty treat are just that, a small treat to enjoy.