Cake Week: My Top 5 Baking Recipe Books

Today is the last day of Cake Week *sad face*, so I thought I would share my favourite baking recipe books with you. 

1. Jo Wheatley: A Passion for Baking
Great British Bake Off winner 2011. This is possibly the best baking recipe book I’ve ever used; every recipe works to the word. The photos are also incredibly sexy, and I sometimes get the book off the shelf just to salivate over the pictures. 

My favourite recipes: 
Chocolate Mud Cake: seriously sexy, moist chocolatey cake.
Raspberry Torte: great with cream or ice cream after a heavy lunch.  

2. The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook 
If you like cupcakes, brownies and cookies buy this book. Oh lordy, some of the recipes are GOOD! 

My favourite recipes:
Vanilla cupcakes: a classic, but it’s an amazing recipe that’s easy to add your own touch too.
Peanut butter cookies: I add chocolate chips to these – they completely sold out at the charity bake sale I held at work a couple of years ago. That’s how tasty they are.

3. Nigella Lawson: How to be a Domestic Goddess
I love Nigella. LOVE. Talk about a girl crush… Anyway, this recipe book is wonderful and incredibly straightforward to use. I would say the only thing it’s lacking is more gratuitous, sexy cake photos, but hey ho!

My favourite recipes:
Lemon-syrup loaf cake: beautifully moist lemon cake. I made it for my in-laws when they came to stay a year or so ago – they loved it! Brownie (or should I say cake?) points for me. 

American breakfast pancakes: Nick makes these for every special occasion – I’m obsessed! Especially good with maple syrup and streaky bacon. 

4. Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas: The Primrose Bakery Book 
I love the cupcake book too, but this has a whole host of different cakes in. The photos are glorious, and the recipes generally accurate. 

My favourite recipes:
Lamingtons: I’m obsessed with lamingtons! Nothing like sponge, jam and coconut covered in custard. Classic school dinner memories. 
Croissants and pain au chocolat: Nick made these for a meeting at work, and I got to sample one (or two) before he took them in. Yummy! Recipe instructions don’t quite fulfil the amount stated. 

5. Cadbury’s Novelty Cookbook
Ok, I’m going to be honest. The reason why I’ve put this one in my top 5 is because I wanted to share some of the photos! I found this book in a second-hand bookshop two years ago, and thought it was pretty amazing… 

My favourite recipes (well, pictures):

The Mushroom Cake
Scottish fingers and Nessie 
Humpty Dumpty

Don’t forget to enter the Make, Do and Push Cake Week Giveaway for a chance to win “Mini Cakes” by Joanna Farrow. All you have to do is let me know your favourite type of cake – easy-peasy! Entries close on Wednesday 3rd April 2013. 

I hope you’ve all enjoyed Cake Week: Happy Easter!

There’s still time to link-up your sexy cake/brownie/biscuit recipe to Cake Week’s linky below. Grab a badge (right hand side) to add to your post, and spread the cake love.


  1. 31st March 2013 / 8:30 pm

    My current favorite cake book is Jane Brockets vintage cakes and the other one that I always turn to is the Bero books!

    • 31st March 2013 / 8:48 pm

      Ooh I haven’t come across any of these… *heads onto Amazon* xx

  2. 1st April 2013 / 9:38 pm

    I have the Cadbury Novelty Cookbook too, it’s fab. My mum used to make us birthday cakes when we were children from this book. I remember having the Mushroom House as my 6th birthday cake! My brother had the spaceship and space rocket. It’s a fantastic book for birthday cake ideas!

    • 2nd April 2013 / 8:45 am

      Amazing!!! It really is a fab book – possibly my best second hand bookshop find! xx

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