Shows like the Great British Bake Off prove how much we love cakes and cookies. And there's nothing like a home-baked cake! If you bake your own cakes, you know exactly what goes into them, and can enjoy delicious cakes without additives and other nasties. So why not pick up a cookbook and try out some fabulous recipes …
1. Decadent Gluten Free Vegan Baking
Making vegan cakes is a bit of a challenge. How can you manage without eggs and dairy products? But vegans don't need to go without, as there are lots of books on vegan baking. The bonus with this book is that the recipes are also gluten-free, so if there's someone in your family who needs to follow a gluten-free diet they won't miss out.
2. The Bread Bible
Next time you buy a loaf of bread, look at the ingredients and you might be shocked. Commercially-made bread has very little to do with the genuine article. Start making your own bread, and you'll never want to buy a loaf again. Bread making isn't the mystery people think it is, so grab a book like the Bread Bible and get kneading!
3. Baking Chez Moi
France is famous for its cakes; every village has its patisserie where you can buy delicate, beautiful cakes and pastries. Since most of us aren't lucky enough to have a patisserie close by, we'll have to bake our own cakes using a book like this one. They might not turn out as elegant as the ones made by master bakers, but they're bound to be delicious!
4. Mug Cakes
How often do you get a craving for cakes when the stores are shut? Or just don't have the patience to wait for a cake to bake? We've all been there. The answer to satisfying the desire for a cake right away is to bake one in the microwave. With this book, you can throw together a mug cake in minutes. It's also perfect if you want to have a different cake every day.
5. Intoxicated Cupcakes
Very definitely one for the grownups! A splash of liqueur does make desserts rather special, so why not try it with your cakes as well. It's a great way to use up any left-over drinks after Christmas or a party. These recipes would be fabulous additions to a bachelorette party.
6. The Cupcake Diaries
If, on the other hand, you prefer your cupcakes suitable for any age, here's a book for you. You may be familiar with the writers through the show DC cupcakes, and now they've come up with this cookbook so that you don't have to go all the way to DC! I love the sound of the white chocolate raspberry cupcakes and the banana split cupcakes.
7. Kids Baking
Do you have fond memories of baking with your mom or grandma? I certainly do. Kids love making cakes - and licking the bowl clean! Get a copy of this book and start baking with your own kids; you'll not only produce some lovely cakes, but also create some memories of your own.
Store-bought cakes just aren't as nice as home baked ones, so grab your wooden spoon and bowl and get baking! Cakes and cookies may not be healthy, but you need some pleasures in life. What is your favorite cake?