With The Great British Bake Off final upon us, Marie Claire gives you a round-up of the best new baking books you need to have in your kitchen cupboard.
Whether cooking to impress or mastering a classic Victoria Sponge, you need look no further…
Crumb by Ruby Tandoh
Best for: Indulgent treats
For 21-year-old Ruby Tandoh, practicing her bakes at university certainly paid off – she became a finalist on last year’s Great British Bake Off. If you suffer from a sweet tooth and devour rich desserts, then Tandoh’s recipes from her new book Crumb (her first) hits the spot. We love the warm ginger pudding and spotted dick, smothered in silky custard. Must. Have. Now.
Available: 25 September 2014 (Random House, £20)
What to Bake & How to To Bake It by Jane Horby
Best for: Baking tips for first-timers
Love Bake Off, but can’t bake? This book is for you. Beginners will find all their questions answered in this baking bible, which offers fool-proof, step-by-step instructions to recipes which include peanut butter cookies, brownies and a classic cheesecake.
Available: 29 September (Phaidon, £19.95)
Decorated By April Carter
Best for: Impressing someone
Don’t want to arrive empty handed at your mate’s birthday party? Instead of heading to your nearest Waitrose, get creative with one of April Carter’s show-stopper cake creations from her new book. No novelty cakes here – Decorated offers simple and elegant touches to add to your Choux bun tower with rainbow icing (if it didn’t sound amazing already) such as fresh flowers.
Available: October 2014 (Hardie Grant, £20)
Top With Cinnamon by Izy Hossack
Best for: healthy, gluten-free baking
Top with Cinnamon shows you how to bake guilt-free treats like coconut berry pancakes and a healthy take on double chocolate chip muffins. This book offers lots of delicious recipes for those who also are vegan and/or gluten free, without going completely down the GOOP route à la Gwyneth Paltrow.
Available: September 2014 (Hardie Grant, £20.00)
Primrose Bakery Christmas by Martha Swift
Best for: Christmas foodie inspiration
Martha Swift, owner of Primrose Bakery, is bringing out the perfect book to get us in the mood for the festive season, from warming eggnog cupcakes to Christmas pudding cake. Who says a yule log is just for December?
Available: October 2014 (Random House, £20)