Lets Bake!

Do you love to bake? If so, I'm pretty sure this post is for you! I love baking, and have done for as long as I remember. The only issue is, now I live on my own it so difficult to bake often as there isn't always some one to eat it all! Now, I'm not saying that I wouldn't thoroughly enjoy the job of stuffing my face with a batch of freshly baked cakes, but I don't think my body would thank me afterwards; so as a result, I try and limit myself to only whipping up something delicious when I know I'll be seeing family/friends who can help with eating it!

So, since I love baking so much, twinned with the fact that the Great British Bake Off is back on TV here in the UK at the moment (hooray!), I thought I'd share some of my favourite recipe books with you all. Lets get our bake on!

Firstly, lets all just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful the cover of this book is! The mint green colour is just gorgeous, and twinned with the elegant gold and black writing I just loved it from the very moment I held it in my hands (thanks nan)!

It is: Home Baking, Cakes and Bakes by Wendy Hobson.

Inside there are a whole range of scrumptious baking recipes to get stuck in to, including everything from cupcakes and tray bakes, to cheesecakes and bread! I love the sheer volume of recipes that this gorgeous book includes, because it means that there is always something in there to suit your mood! The only downside is that there aren't any photographs of what the finished products should look like, and as someone who loves to have a visual aid when cooking, I do find this quite disappointing. 

This second book has definitely got to be my favourite, and I always gravitate towards it when I fancy whipping up some cupcakes.

It is: Love Bakery, Cupcakes From The Heart by Samantha Blears.

Unlike the previous book, this one specifically focuses on cupcakes, which I am totally fine with! The recipes are all printed alongside delicious looking photographs which just make you want to make them up even more. In terms of the recipes themselves, they are easy to follow with each one being divided up into sections such as equipment, ingredients and separate methods for both the cakes and the frosting. 

In this book, my two favourite varieties of cupcakes to make are these mouthwateringly good chocolate orange ones which always go down a treat with everyone, and the red velvet ones with an incredible cream cheese frosting! They are both to die for!

Of course, no baking post would be complete without one of the Great British Bake Off recipe books!  This one is from 2013 and I just love it. Like the first book mentioned in this post, it contains a wide variety of different bakes both sweet and savoury, which is one of the things that makes it so great. What I particularly love about this book is that it actually contains many of the recipes that were featured in the 2013 series of the programme; so if something particularly took your fancy, this is an easy way to hunt down the recipe. 

The majority of the featured recipes are accompanied by photographs, and the recipes themselves are written in a way that is easy to understand.... making it accessible to pretty much everyone!

This is Mary and Paul's chocolate creation, one of the most delicious looking cakes in the book! I whipped it up for my Sister and her Fiancé's engagement party last year, and while it didn't look quite as incredible as it does in this photograph, it still tasted pretty damn amazing!

Do you have any other baking books to recommend? I'm always on the hunt for something new to make!


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