Who doesn’t like a piece of cake? Cake is a form of sweet dessert that is typically baked. In its oldest forms, cakes were modifications of breads but now cover a wide range of preparations that can be simple or elaborate and share features with other desserts such as pastries, meringues, custards and pies. Here’s some of our top recipe books for cake making.
(prices correct as of 14th March 2016)
Mary Berry’s Baking Bible
This definitive collection from the undisputed queen of cakes brings together all of Mary Berry’s most mouth-watering baking recipes in a beautifully packaged edition. Filled with 250 foolproof recipes, from the classic Victoria Sponge, Very Best Chocolate Cake and Hazelnut Meringue Cake to tempting muffins, scones and bread and butter pudding, this is the most comprehensive baking cookbook you’ll ever need.
Mary’s easy-to-follow instructions and handy tips make it ideal for kitchen novices and more experienced cooks alike, and full-colour photographs and beautiful illustrations will guide you smoothly to baking success. Drawing on her years of experience to create recipes for cakes, breads and desserts, Mary Berry’s Baking Bible will prove to be a timeless classic.
Great British Bake Off: Everyday: Over 100 Foolproof Bakes
This book is for the baker who wants to whip up a cake for an office party, traybake for a kid’s birthday or pudding to follow a simple supper. Using straightforward, easy-to-follow techniques, there are foolproof recipes for cakes, traybakes, bread, biscuits, tarts, pies, puddings and desserts.
If you are a confident baker or ready to move onto the next stage, each chapter also showcases the best recipes from the series – Mary and Paul’s Signature Bakes, Technical Challenges and Showstoppers.
The Hummingbird Bakery Home Sweet Home
Pecan and Toffee Thumbprint Cookies, Custard Cream Cupcakes, and Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes for afternoon tea; Pineapple Upside-down Cake, Blackbottom Pie, Raspberry and Jelly Roll and for dessert; Blueberry Buns, S’more Brownies or Pinwheels for a delicious pick-me-up; Red Velvet Roulade, Maple and Walnut Streusel Cake, and Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Meringue for something a bit special.
From easy-peasy Olive Loaf to gorgeous Lemon Layer Cake, the baker’s original cakes and bakes will appeal to novice bakers and confident pie-makers alike – and offer memorable moments for friends, family or simply to enjoy at home.
This stunning new cookbook, including step-by-step photos and every foolproof recipe with its own image, offers some of the bakers’ all-time favourite home baking recipes and brand new, inspirational ideas.
Mary Berry’s Ultimate Cake Book (Second Edition): Over 200 Classic Recipes
With over 200 classic cake recipes, Mary Berry’s Ultimate Cake Book includes recipes for every cake, biscuit and bun you ever wanted to bake and many more. From the traditional Victoria Sandwich Cake, Tarte Tatin or Millionaires Shortbread to the indulgent Very Best Chocolate Roulade, Swiss Wild Strawberry and Walnut Cake or Sharp Lemon Cheesecake, there is sure to be a cake or bake here to suit everyone.
Ideal for cake-baking novices as well as more experienced cooks, Mary explains the basic methods of baking and gives advice on ingredients and equipment. Mary’s easy recipes are interspersed with baking tips and solutions for the most common problems, making it possible for everyone to bake their favourite cake, whatever the occasion.
Clean Cakes: Delicious pâtisserie made with whole, natural and nourishing ingredients and free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar
Clean Cakes is the ultimate cookbook for anyone who enjoys baking as well as experimenting with new and alternative ingredients. It provides a wealth of ideas for cooking everything from spectacular cakes, energy-boosting muffins and wholesome loaves to stunning raw desserts and scrumptious tarts and pies, with distinctive flavour combinations and original twists on established classics. It will prove invaluable for anyone who for health or lifestyle reasons wants to eliminate gluten, dairy or refined sugar from their diet but who still wants to satisfy their sweet tooth and create their own nutritious guilt-free masterpieces.
Mug Cakes: 40 speedy cakes to make in a microwave
A delicious cake you make in a mug, in a microwave, in less than 10 minutes? Yes, it may sound crazy but it actually works and this latest baking craze is quickly catching on, spreading across blogs and Instagram and Pinterest with photographic proof of baking brilliance. Fancy giving it a try? Here is the definitive mug-cake cookbook that will guarantee you success every time with 40 fantastic, foolproof recipes. Covering everything from everyday classics (carrot, chocolate, vanilla), through more special occasion fare (birthday bonanza, red velvet valentine, black forest gateau) to treats and puds (choc fudge, knickerbocker glory), happy hour (pina colada, Irish cream) and of course not forgetting low-fat, dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free cakes to stop you from getting completely carried away…So when you want after-school snacks, easy desserts, unique party nibbles or to treat yourself with a quick cup of tea, make up a mug cake.
Sweet by James Martin
Bestselling TV chef James Martin returns with a contemporary desserts book, packed with sweet treats. James Martin’s Sweet will delight anyone with a passion for the sweet things in life. Martin’s hugely popular Desserts (2007) established this much-loved TV chef as the authority on puddings, patisserie and home-baking.
This latest collection delivers over 70 fabulous recipes, from simple classics such as French lemon cake, Chocolate tart and Baked apple charlotte to luscious, cream-filled desserts such as Walnut macaroon layer gateau with coffee cream, and sophisticated showstoppers like Raspberry and rose bavarois. Multi-layered recipes such as Mango mousse with coconut foam, Mango sponge, Toasted coconut and Sweet brioche croutons can be deconstructed so that the heart of the dish remains accessible to even the most cautious cook.
LOLA’S Forever: Recipes for cupcakes, cakes and slices
LOLA’s is a unique bakery dedicated to achieving one simple goal. Every day, they handcraft the most delicious cupcakes, slices and celebration cakes you have ever tasted. Using only the finest ingredients, LOLA’s bakers mix, bake and decorate every single cake by hand, giving their customers a fresh, fun, delicious and truly wholesome experience. And now you can try their wonderful handcrafted bakes at home. There are more than 70 mouth-watering recipes for everything from the LOLA classic flavours to deliciously original ideas like Cosmopolitan, Chocolate Chilli, Maple Syrup and Rose Pistachio. Also included are recipes for scrumptious bars and slices – try a Salted Caramel Brownie or an Apricot and Pistachio Flapjack – or delicious larger bakes, such as the sophisticated Chocolate and Mandarin Cake, Earl Grey Tea Fruit Loaf and Chocolate Fudge Cake.