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Written by Lizzie on November 9, 2011

Baking is the new black. Cupcakes and macarons are everywhere from showbiz events to our TV screens. It’s seems as though wherever you go, you’re never far from a spongy delight to chow down on. If you’re in New York, head over to Magnolia made famous by Carrie and Miranda on Sex & the City. In London you’ve got Hummingbird to take care of your tummy. With specialist bakeries popping up in many a town centre, you never have to look far.

So with cupcakes and fashion going hand in hand (even shoe designer Patrick Cox has teamed up with master baker Eric Landlard and to launch Cox, Cookies & Cakes in London’s Soho) why not give it a whirl yourself? You never know, you could be the next big thing! Even if you’re just baking for your family, or bringing something cute to a friend’s birthday party, show you’re on trend with help from the best buddies around for an aspiring baker.

1. The Hummingbird Bakery: Cake Days

You must have heard of Hummingbird by now! With 4 busy London locations at Notting Hill, South Kensington, Soho and Spitalfields, Hummingbird are taking over the cupcake world with their simple range of cupcakes, layer cakes, brownies and whoopee pies. With “Cake Days” you can follow easy to try recipes for everything from basic Red Velvet, to Earl Grey, to Lemonade cupcakes. With gorgeous photographs this book is as much afternoon read as insruction manual.

2. The Great British Bake Off: How to Bake

The Great British Bake Off has taken our screens by storm this Autumn. Who would have thought there was nothing more soothing than watching amateur bakers lined up behind their Kitchen Aid mixers, or anything more heart wrenching than watching someone’s batter fail to rise? With baking legends Mary Berry & Paul Hollywood keeping a watchful eye while 12 Average Joes sweat into their mixing bowls, Bake Off is TV genius. Covering everything from biscuits to cakes, breads, pastries and pies, the series companion is bound to be a sound investment. You even get expert tips from Mary & Paul themselves!

3. The Boy Who Bakes

Staying on the Bake Off theme, this autumn has seen last year’s winner Edd Kimber release his first book. With “The Boy Who Bakes” open on your counter top, learn the baking prowess that guided Edd to victory. You can practise your skills on delicious recipes like Peaches and Cream Upside Down Cake, Ultimate Chocolate Brownies and Mango Pavlova.

4. Making Cupcakes with Lola

With London locations at Mayfair, Selfridges, Harrods and Topshop Oxford Circus, LOLA is the most fashionable bakery around. In this book there are over 60 recipes for yummy cupcake flavours, from the basics like vanilla and red velvet, to more experimental store favourites like Salted Caramel and Cappuccino Wafer!

5. Bake-a-Boo Bakery Cookbook

While selling her fashion designs on a market stall, Zoe Berkeley was getting rave reviews from her friends and family for the sweet treats she whipped up. Deciding to put those two things together proved to be her best idea yet and Bake-a-Boo was born! Featuring over 80 recipes from the West-Hampstead tea shop, the book includes the Bake-a-Boo trademark High Tea menu and a bevvy of gluten-free and healthy delights along with the classics too! This book contains something for every cake lover out there – regardless of his or her dietary requirements!


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