IN STORE: Anne Byrn, author of A New Take on Cake, in conversation with Mary Hance

Parnassus Books is pleased to welcome Anne Byrn celebrate the release of her new book, A New Take on Cake: 175 Beautiful, Doable Cake Mix Recipes for Bundts, Layers, Slabs, Loaves, Cookies, and More!, in conversation with Mary Hance. Parnassus will also be collecting donations for the Ms. Cheap Penny Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee during this event!

This is a free event which will take place IN STORE on Wednesday, November 17th at 6:30pm Central Time. Because space will be limited, registration is required to attend this event. Please register for free by filling out the form below! (Note: If for any reason you need to cancel your registration, please call the store at 615-953-2243 at least 24 hours before the event so your space can be provided to another guest.) Masks will be required during this event. 

About the Book

The bestselling author of The Cake Mix Doctor updates her beloved approach to creating show-stopping desserts, with 50 modernized classic recipes and 150 brand-new recipes, featuring simple variations for different diets and using today's most popular flavors.

When Anne Byrn's The Cake Mix Doctor first appeared two decades ago, it amassed a cult following by delivering exactly what people wanted and needed: a shortcut for delicious and beautiful cakes that appeared to be from scratch that wouldn't take all the time they didn't have in their busy days. Since then, our lives have only gotten more frantic, and our palates have only gotten more discerning. Now Anne presents A New Take on Cake, which allows you to take just a little time and only a few ingredients to turn a mix into a masterpiece.

Inspired by the shifting landscape of the baking aisle, Anne has updated the way she bakes using not only natural cake mixes but also more olive oil instead of butter to create healthier cakes and cakes with more volume and better texture. Influenced, too, by modern flavor profiles like tahini and blood orange while staying true to the always-loved classics like chocolate and coffee, the recipes here are sure to please adventurous eaters as well as the traditionalists. With variations between simple sheet and loaf cakes, big cake projects, and decadent layer cakes, tortes, and more, even vegan and gluten-free options, these cakes are perfect for today's busy home baker.

About the Author

Anne Byrn is the bestselling author of American Cookie, American Cake, The Cake Mix Doctor, and the Dinner Doctor cookbook series. Formerly a food editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a graduate of the La Varenne École de Cuisine in Paris, Byrn lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.

About Mary Hance

Mary Hance is a Nashville legend. She has four decades of journalism experience in the Nashville area and started her "Ms. Cheap” frugal consumer column 26 years ago. She now writes a weekly "Ms. Cheap" column for Main Street Media publications and appears on Thursdays on "Talk of the Town" on NewsChannel5. Her Ms. Cheap Penny Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is in its 13th year and has raised $1.4 million for the Food Bank. Reach Mary at and follow her on Facebook at

A Special Note on the Ms. Cheap Penny Drive

 Ms. Cheap invites you to join her Penny Drive this holiday season with any donations of coins, checks or virtual donations to help feed our hungry neighbors.  With an estimated one in six adults and one in five children in Middle Tennessee experiencing hunger, and with continued fallout from the pandemic, and food donations down, the drive is more important than ever. Learn more at

You can donate anytime, but Parnassus Book has offered to match donations up to $400 at the Nov. 17 event launching cookbook guru Anne Byrn's new cookbook A New Take on Cake. 

(Parnassus encourages you to bring cash or check for you donations during the event!)

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215
A New Take on Cake: 175 Beautiful, Doable Cake Mix Recipes for Bundts, Layers, Slabs, Loaves, Cookies, and More! A Baking Book By Anne Byrn Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593233597
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarkson Potter - November 16th, 2021