Books to inspire a bake off.
Cure your boredom, make your house smell amazing and be rewarded with a homemade treat at the end: what’s not to love about baking? In these uncertain times people are returning in droves to the comforting pastime of whipping up cakes, breads and biscuits. If you can get your hands on some flour and eggs the options are infinite. Preheat the oven, grease your cake tins and dust off your electric mixer, it’s time to bake…
The story goes that monks at the Benedictine monastery in Catania invented this cake – while we’ll never know for sure, they certainly had a reputation as true food connoisseurs.
These little ‘sandwiches’ are a lovely adaptation of the traditional shortcake. They make excellent use of polenta to produce the perfect dessert for summer, when you can take advantage of a glut of strawberries.
A boldly flavoured, jammy, pudding-like cake from Meera Sodha's cookbook East.
A lightly sweet indulgent treat
Fig season is now in full swing. Try this delicious, fibre-packed recipe from DK's Natural Baking.
This gloriously sticky and comforting plum upside-down cake is incredibly easy to make.
Amber Rose's take on an Italian classic, taken from Wild Delicious.
Enjoy this decadent chocolate cupcake recipe from The Kookaburra Creek Café.
This ginger-spiked carrot cake from Nigella Lawson’s At My Table is perfect for teatime or dessert.
From Alyce Alexandra’s Everyday Thermo Cooking, try these decadent chocolate cakes…
Delight friends and family with this Victoria sponge with strawberries and white chocolate cream from Ottolenghi’s Sweet.
Try this sweet delight from What Katie Ate: At the Weekend.
Try your hand at this rather remarkable chocolate cake recipe from Belinda Jeffery.
Try this egg- and butter-free cake recipe from Phillippa's Home Baking.
Try this enduring fan favourite recipe from Ottolenghi: the Cookbook.