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Wholesome and indulgent - these are recipes you'll want to make again and again.

Discover the recipes behind the bakery that made Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding cake.
The Violet Bakery is a cake shop and café in Hackney, east London. The baking is done with simple ingredients including wholegrain flours, less refined sugars and the natural sweetness and muted colours of seasonal fruits. Everything is made in an open kitchen for people to see. Famed for its exquisite baked goods, Violet has become a destination.

Owner Claire Ptak uses her Californian sensibility to devise recipes that are both nourishing and indulgent. With real thought about taste and using the purest ingredients, she has created the most flavoursome iterations of classic cakes, as well as new treats for modern palates.
Over 100 recipes include Cinnamon Buns, Mozzarella, Rosemary and New Potato Tarts, Butterscotch Blondies and Loganberry-vanilla Birthday Cake.
This book is about making baking worth it: simple to cook and satisfying to eat.


Timeless elegance with a modern approach to flavours ... This book is a timeless classic in the offing

Dale Berning Sawa, Guardian

A wonderful baking bible for the modern home cook – an instant classic!

Irish Independent

Claire is one of my all-time favourite cake-makers, and all her baking is seasonal, beautiful, achievable, real and of course, totally delicious

Jamie Oliver

This is a lip-smacking collection of classic cakes and new interpretations for the discerning modern home baker


With a recent trend towards healthy baking, Ptak’s book gets the balance right. She uses wholegrains and the natural sweetness of fruit in her recipes, but there’s also just the right amount of decadence

Sunday Business Post

There is a little something for anyone with a sweet tooth

Violet Henderson, Vogue

An inspirational new baking book

Nigel Slater

[Ptak’s] recipes are thoroughly modern and celebrate simplicity, seasonality and great taste… This book deserved to have its pages smudged with butter and dusted with flour

Roopa Gulati, 5 stars, Time Out

A treasure trove of recipes

Waitrose Kitchen

With sweets that are both nutritious and indulgent, the cookbook infused with California cool is sure to be a crowd pleaser

Reenat Sinay, Evening Standard

Wholesome to cook and satisfying to eat, with cakes that both taste great and feel good – this is a cookbook for today's baker

Mummy Pages

Full of imaginative flavor combinations


Our new favourite baking tome

Hello! Fashion Monthly

You could call it cakes for hipsters, except that it’s so uncompromising in ingredients, so lavish with the good stuff and so keen on making the taste worth the calories, it stands out from the rest

Melanie McDonagh, Evening Standard

British baking with an American twist

Holly Cole, Fine Dining Lovers

Wholesome and indulgent – these are recipes you’ll want to make again and again

So Darling

The book presents the food with beguiling honesty, in beautiful photos by Kristin Perers, and the recipes turn out true to the pictures.

Cliodhna Prendergast, Sunday Times

A work of beauty. These gorgeous recipes are lovely and nourishing – you’ll want to stay home baking all day

April Bloomfield

Sumptuous, mouthwatering… Her book is well worth a look


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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    March 15, 2015

    Square Peg

    272 pages

    RRP $55.00

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  • EBook


    March 12, 2015

    Vintage Digital

    272 pages

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