Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Oh, I love a bit of cake.

Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaake! High in calories? Low in calories? Cake. Oh, I love a bit of cake! (Little Britain reference. I'm not crazy).

This week the team at Auckland Libraries have received some delicious looking cookbooks featuring a few of my favourite things (namely cake). I thought you guys might be interested as cake is delicious and tastes like happiness.

One of my personal favourite cookbook writers Delia Smith has bought out this lovely new book called Delia's Cakes. It looks very British and amazing. I can't wait to make the cherry cake and then eat the whole thing, probably by myself.

From timeless classics like coffee and walnut sponge and old-fashioned cherry cake, to exciting new recipes such as iced hidden strawberry cup cakes and chunky marmalade muffins, Delia brings her touch of baking magic to your kitchen.

The Caker 
I really like the look of this one because Jordan Rondel has really tried to write a cookbook that isn't like very other one on the shelf; it sounds like her company has tried to do that too! Full of beautiful, colourful pictures and beautiful, colourful cakes this book is even a treat to look at. Plus she's a Kiwi so we've got to show her some love! Check out her website here.

Absolutely not your ordinary baking book: 50 outstanding and delicious recipes for cakes, cookies and cupcakes to bake at home, presented by the talented Jordan Rondel aka The Caker. The cakes are specialty treats not usually seen in cake shops. Some are gluten free, dairy free or vegan and Jordan uses as many organic ingredients as possible. The flavours are surprising combinations that will thrill your taste buds. From fig and raspberry cake, brown butter spice cake and earl grey tea cookies, to flourless black forest cupcakes, chai latte cake with condensed milk icing and black pepper, and peanut butter and jelly cake. Includes 15 gorgeous icings and toppings, and top baking tips from The Caker herself.

Last but not least is girl who I had never heard of until today but the cake on the cover of her book Stacie Bakes caught my attention. Apparently Stacie Stewart was on Masterfchef and now she's a judge on a show that involves Simon Cowell. Okay, so I don't know much about her but her book looks scrumptious!

Since reaching the finals in Masterchef in 2010, Stacie Stewart has launched her Beehive Bakery to critical acclaim. Her bakes and cakes have proved enormously popular at festivals and events around the country- and now she has been named judge in the sweet baking category on Simon Cowell's new show, Food.glorious.Food, to be aired in 9 hour-long parts on prime time ITV1. This book includes all of Stacie's most well-loved recipes, from Beehive bars to Cheesecake brownies. She gives a modern twist on traditional bakes, so there's a lemon meringue pie cake, a coconut baked Alaska and a ginger parkin. There are gluten-free recipes too, including Old school bakewell tart and an orange and almond cake. You will find tarts, cakes, biscuits, bars, puddings, breads, sweets and savoury pies. There's something to suit every occasion, with chapters ranging from Hello summer and Mother's Day & vintage tea to The homemade valentine and New year, new you and new baking rules. 

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