Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cake Baking - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Cake Baking. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Zoë Bakes Cakes: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Favorite Layers, Bundts, Loaves, and More [A Baking Book]


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cake Baking - August 2021

The expert baker and bestselling author behind the Magnolia Network original series  Zoë Bakes  explores her favorite dessert—cakes!—with more than 85 recipes to create flavorful and beautiful layers, loafs, Bundts, and more.   “Zoë’s relentless curiosity has made her an artist in the truest sense of the word.”—Joanna Gaines, co-founder of Magnolia   Cake is the ultimate symbol of celebration, used to mark birthdays, weddings, or even just a Tuesday night. In  Zoë Bakes Cakes , bestselling author and expert baker Zoë François demystifies the craft of cakes through more than eighty-five simple and straightforward recipes. Discover treats such as Coconut–Candy Bar Cake, Apple Cake with Honey-Bourbon Glaze, and decadent Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake. With step-by-step photo guides that break down baking fundamentals—like creaming butter and sugar—and Zoë’s expert knowledge to guide you, anyone can make these delightful creations.    Featuring everything from Bundt cakes and loaves to a beautifully layered wedding confection, Zoë shows you how to celebrate any occasion, big or small, with delicious homemade cake.

  • Author: Zoë François
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (March 16, 2021)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-1984857361
  • Dimensions: 8.77 x 1.09 x 9.75 inches

                 

2. Larousse Patisserie and Baking: The ultimate expert guide, with more than 200 recipes and step-by-step techniques and produced as a hardback book in a beautiful slipcase


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cake Baking - August 2021

Larousse Patisserie and Baking is the complete guide from the authoritative French cookery brand Larousse. It covers all aspects of baking - from simple everyday cakes and desserts to special occasion show-stoppers. There are more than 200 recipes included, with everything from a quick-mix yoghurt cake to salted caramel tarts and a spectacular mixed berry millefeuille. Special features on baking for children, lighter recipes and quick bakes, among many others, provide a wealth of ideas. More than 30 extremely detailed step-by-step technique sections ensure your bakes are perfect every time. The book also includes workshops on perfecting different types of pastry, handling chocolate, cooking jam and much more, demonstrated in clear, expert photography. This is everything you need to know about pastry, patisserie and baking from the cookery experts Larousse.

  • Author: Larousse
  • Publisher: Octopus Books (September 3, 2020)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Cookbooks, Food & Wine

                 

3. Cake Decorating for Beginners: A Step-by-Step Guide to Decorating Like a Pro


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cake Baking - August 2021

Learn how to decorate dazzling cakes with this guide for beginners Decorating cakes at home is easy and fun, thanks to Rose Atwater’s step-by-step guide. Rose started her “accidental cake business” in late 2009 with more than 20 practice cakes she made in the 6 months leading up to her brother’s wedding. By the time he tied the knot in 2010, her prototypes turned into a steady stream of real orders. Over the past 11 years, she has gone on to decorate more than 1,500 cakes for her blog, Rose Bakes. She shows you primer recipes and techniques in this comprehensive book! You’ll learn basic recipes and how to choose the right equipment. After you’re comfortable with the basics, you’ll master different techniques to decorate cakes for any occasion, from weddings to baby showers to birthdays. Inside, you’ll learn the fundamentals of cake decorating with: A list of essential equipment and tools, easy and straightforward recipes, introductory techniques, and troubleshooting tips for common problems. Step-by-step instructions to decorate with frosting, piping, fondant, and chocolate. 10 tutorials featuring photos and detailed instructions that will guide you from conception to creation. Get the skills you need to decorate cakes like a pro with Cake Decorating for Beginners .

  • Author: Rose Atwater
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press; Illustrated edition (December 24, 2019)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-1641525893
  • Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches

                 

4. Momofuku Milk Bar: A Cookbook


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cake Baking - August 2021

The highly anticipated complement to the New York Times bestselling Momofuku cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar reveals the recipes for the innovative, addictive cookies, pies, cakes, ice creams, and more from the wildly popular Milk Bar bakery. Momofuku Milk Bar shares the recipes for Christina Tosi’s fantastic desserts—the now-legendary riffs on childhood flavors and down-home classics (all essentially derived from ten mother recipes)—along with the compelling narrative of the unlikely beginnings of this quirky bakery’s success. It all started one day when Momofuku founder David Chang asked Christina to make a dessert for dinner that night. Just like that, the pastry program at Momofuku began. Christina’s playful desserts, including the compost cookie, a chunky chocolate-chip cookie studded with crunchy salty pretzels and coffee grounds; the crack pie, a sugary-buttery confection as craveable as the name implies; the cereal milk ice cream, made from everyone’s favorite part of a nutritious breakfast—the milk at the bottom of a bowl of cereal; and the easy layer cakes that forgo fancy frosting in favor of unfinished edges that hint at the yumminess inside helped the restaurants earn praise from the New York Times and the Michelin Guide and led to the opening of Milk Bar, which now draws fans from around the country and the world. With all the recipes for the bakery’s most beloved desserts—along with ones for savory baked goods that take a page from Chang’s Asian-flavored cuisine, such as Kimchi Croissants with Blue Cheese—and 100 color photographs, Momofuku Milk Bar makes baking irresistible off-beat treats at home both foolproof and fun.

  • Author: Christina Tosi
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1st edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-0307720498
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.86 x 10.25 inches

                 

5. Fruit Cake: Recipes for the Curious Baker


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cake Baking - August 2021

Named one of the Best Cookbooks of 2020 by  Food + Wine , David Lebovitz, and Delish.com, and one of the Best Baking Books of 2020 by  Pastry at Home  and  Dallas Morning News “Jason’s love of shaking up tradition is evident. Adding fruits to bolster flavors in familiar baked goods is groundbreaking . . . steering us to experiment, try new combinations of flavors, and expand our baking vocabulary.” —From the foreword by Martha Stewart Jason Schreiber, one of New York City’s most influential and popular food stylists, combines aesthetic flair and flavor in 75 whimsical recipes that celebrate fruit and cake in all their festive and delicious glory. In gorgeous photos and dozens of fresh and flavorful recipes, acclaimed food stylist Jason Schreiber shatters misconceptions about that most maligned of desserts—fruitcake—by imaginatively breaking with convention as he pays homage to the delicious combination of fruit and cake. Forget those dried artificially dyed candied doorstops that everyone regifts and passes on. Fruit Cake is a tasty epicurean tour through dozens of cakes and other pastries that use a variety of fruits, combining them with diverse fillings, as well as liquor, nuts, and more. Interwoven with the recipes are stories, anecdotes and asides that are just as charming and intriguing as the lush, full-color photos that accompany them. Each recipe in Fruit Cake showcases one of thirty-eight fruit, whose natural sweetness and juice make desserts that are perfectly moist and sweet without being overpowering. Indulge your taste buds with his beautiful, fanciful creations, including: Constant Cravings—cakes like Raspberry Tea Cake and Polenta Pound Cake with Spiced Mandarins that will satisfy your cravings at any hour of day Out of Hand—finger-focused treats perfect for pocketing or dressing to impress, such as Mango Coconut Cashew Bites and Blueberry Ginger Studmuffins Showstoppers—cakes for the spotlight that you can humblebrag about “just throwing together,” including Passionfruit Lime Pavlova and Horchata and Roasted Plum Sorbet Cake All Rise—the next best thing to eating sumptuous creations like the Blood Orange Bee Sting Cake or Bourbon Peach Kugelhopf, and other sumptuous creations is smelling the just-risen yeasted dough Soaked—try one slice of these decadent cakes that marinate in booze for days—whether it’s the likes of the Pomegranate Molasses Cake or the Fig, Port, and Chocolate Cake—and you’ll need a designated driver Filled with divine desserts for all seasons, this wonderful cookbook will forever change the way you think about fruit and cake.

  • Author: Jason Schreiber
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (November 10, 2020)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Cookbooks, Food & Wine

                 



6. French Macarons for Beginners: Foolproof Recipes with 60 Flavors to Mix and Match


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cake Baking - August 2021

A comprehensive beginner’s guide to making macarons Learn how you can make the kinds of beautiful and delicious macarons you’d expect to find in a Parisian patisserie in the comfort of your own kitchen. French Macarons for Beginners provides foolproof instructions for mastering these notoriously finicky confections. From whipping up the meringue to properly folding and piping the batter, this macaron guide takes you through the process in detail, step-by-step, to help ensure success―starting with your very first batch. This French pastry cookbook includes: Macaron basics ―Bake up picture-perfect macarons with the assistance of complete, easy-to-follow directions. A range of flavors ―Mix and match 30 shell recipes and 30 filling recipes to satisfy your personal taste. Cookie troubleshooting ―Solve problems like cracked shells, grainy ganache, curdled buttercream, and more. With this macaron cookbook, you’ll learn how easy it is to create incredible, colorful sweets in any flavor you can imagine.

  • Author: Natalie Wong
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press (December 10, 2019)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-1646111398
  • Dimensions: 7.52 x 0.42 x 9.25 inches

                 

7. The Great British Baking Show: Love to Bake


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cake Baking - August 2021

Love to Bake is The Great British Bake Off 's best collection yet - recipes to remind us that baking is the ultimate expression of thanks, togetherness, celebration and love. Pop round to a friend's with tea and sympathy in the form of Chai Crackle Cookies ; have fun making Paul's Rainbow-coloured Bagels with your family; snuggle up and take comfort in Sticky Pear & Cinnamon Buns or a Pandowdy Swamp Pie ; or liven up a charity cake sale with Mini Lemon & Pistachio Battenbergs or Prue's stunning Raspberry & Salted Caramel Eclairs . Impressive occasion cakes and stunning bakes for gatherings are not forgotten - from a novelty frog birthday cake for a children's party, through a towering croquembouche to wow your guests at the end of dinner, to a gorgeous, but easy-to-make wedding cake that's worthy of any once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Throughout the book, judges' recipes from Paul and Prue will hone your skills, while lifelong favourites from the 2020 bakers offer insight into the journeys that brought the contestants to the Bake Off tent and the reasons why they - like you - love to bake .

  • Author: Paul Hollywood
  • Publisher: Quercus (December 22, 2020)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-0751583052
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.05 x 10.05 inches

                 

8. How to Bake


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cake Baking - August 2021

From the star of Netflix's Great British Baking Show , a delicious, easy to follow cookbook for every home chef who wants to avoid soggy pie bottoms or win star baker. Paul Hollywood was the son of a baker long before he became a household name as a judge on The Great British Baking Show . Raised to make perfect breads, scones, and sponges, he advanced from his father's kitchen to become head baker at hotels around the world. As he worked, Hollywood became passionate about busting the myths that surround baking, sharing his finely honed skills, and showing that with the right guidance, anybody can achieve success time after time. Now, in How to Bake , Hollywood introduces readers to his tried and true techniques. He has filled this book with easy-to-follow, clearly explained, utterly delicious recipes for an abundance of breads, pastries, cakes and biscuits from ciabatta to focaccia and fresh croissants to a classic Victoria sponge. As they say on Great British Baking Show : "Ready, Set, BAKE!"

  • Author: Paul Hollywood
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1st edition (February 19, 2013)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-1408819494
  • Dimensions: 7.72 x 1.04 x 10.04 inches

                 

9. Snacking Cakes: Simple Treats for Anytime Cravings: A Baking Book


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cake Baking - August 2021

Find sweet satisfaction with 50 easy, everyday cake recipes made with simple ingredients, one bowl, and no fuss. IACP AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Bon Appétit • The New York Times Book Review • Epicurious • Town & Country “ Snacking Cakes hits the sweet spot. . . . Cake for breakfast? Yes, please!”— Martha Stewart Living In Snacking Cakes , the indulgent, treat-yourself concept of cake becomes an anytime, easy-to-make treat. Expert baker Yossy Arefi’s collection of no-fuss recipes is perfect for anyone who craves near-instant cake satisfaction. With little time and effort, these single-layered cakes are made using only one bowl (no electric mixers needed) and utilize ingredients likely sitting in your cupboard. They’re baked in the basic pans you already own and shine with only the most modest adornments: a dusting of powdered sugar, a drizzle of glaze, a dollop of whipped cream. From Nectarine and Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake and Gingery Sweet Potato Cake to Salty Caramel Peanut Butter Cake and Milk Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cake, these humble, comforting treats couldn’t be simpler to create. Yossy’s rustic, elegant style combines accessible, diverse flavors in intriguing ways that make them easy for kids to join in on the baking, but special enough to serve company or bring to potlucks. Whether enjoyed in a quiet moment alone with a cup of morning coffee or with friends hungrily gathered around the pan, these ever-pleasing, undemanding cakes will become part of your daily ritual.

  • Author: Yossy Arefi
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (October 27, 2020)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-0593139660
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches

                 

10. How to Cook That: Crazy Sweet Creations (Dessert Cookbook)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Cake Baking - August 2021

How to Cook That Dessert Cookbook: Pastries, Cakes and Sweet Creations “How to Cook That is the most popular Australian cooking channel in all the world, and it’s not hard to see why.” ― PopSugar Amazon Best Cookbook for Month of June 2021 and Editor's pick Best Books of 2021 So Far #1 Best Seller in Chocolate Baking, Confectionary Desserts, Pastry Baking, Garnishing Meals, Holiday Cooking, Main Courses & Side Dishes, Cookies, and Cooking by Ingredient Offering a fun-filled step-by-step dessert cookbook, Ann Reardon teaches you how to create delicious and impressive pastries, cakes and sweet creations. Join food scientist Ann Reardon, host of the award-winning YouTube series How to Cook That , as she explores  Crazy Sweet Creations .  An accomplished pastry chef, Reardon draws millions of baking fans together each week, eager to learn the secrets of her extravagant cakes, chocolates, and eye-popping desserts. Her warmth and sense of fun in the kitchen shines through on every page as she reveals the science behind recreating your own culinary masterpieces. For home cooks and fans who love their desserts, cakes, and ice creams to look amazing and taste even better.  Take your culinary creations to influencer status, you’ll also: Learn to make treats that get the whole family cooking Create baked goods that tap into beloved pop culture trends Impress guests with beautiful desserts Readers of dessert cookbooks like  Mary Berry’s Baking Bible  by Mary Berry,  Cake Confidence  by Mandy Merriman, or  Pastry Love  by Joanne Chang will love  How to Cook That: Crazy Sweet Creations .

  • Author: Ann Reardon
  • Publisher: Mango (June 15, 2021)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-1642505788
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.7 x 10.1 inches