My Favourite Cake Books
My favourite recipe book
I bought this book more than 15 years ago now and it’s still my go to book for baking, whether trying new things or creating the old favourites. The book is also probably the cheapest of any baking book I have ever purchased (£5.99 when I bought it)! My favourite recipes are the Chocolate Cake, you will notice from the well worn page and scribbles that this is a well used recipe! Other favourites are the Carrot Cake and the Ginger Cake (another stained and scribbled page).I can honestly say that every recipe I’ve used has never failed to impress my family and friends.
The recipes in the book range from a basic sponge to a more daring Polenta and Fig Cake. The degrees of difficulty range from beginners to more challenging but if I can do it, so can you! The best thing about the book is that the instructions are easy to follow with pictures to help and they even give extra tips on each cake such as storage instructions.My favourite thing is that it’s also really traditional in some ways as it only refers to baking temperatures as very slow, slow, moderately slow, moderate etc etc. Don’t worry though, they provide a table which gives the degrees required for each one which I always have to refer to when baking anything from the book.
I’ve just taken a quick peek to see if this book is still available and there are sporadic copies on Amazon. As expected, it gets 5 star reviews! Happy baking!
My favourite cake decorating book
My most favourite book for my own cake decorating is Modern Sugar Flowers by the very talented and lovely Jacqueline Butler. If you’re into making beautiful sugar flowers and foliage then this book is a must. You will know if you follow Jacqueline (@petalsweetcakes) on Instagram that her flowers and leaves are simply amazing and so when she brought out her first book in 2017 I was first in the queue.The thing I love most about this book is that it is soooo easy to follow with great instructions and photos to accompany the stages. I sometimes find it really difficult just following written instructions when making new flowers but I find each section easy to follow. Alas, I have only managed the time to make about 5 of the flowers from the book of which there are many but my favourites so far are the Cosmos, the English Garden Rose and the Peony section.
Whilst it’s really important to practice and find your own way of making cake decorations this book certainly gives you the basics for flowers and foliage. Happy making!