Whether it's writers with a passion for puddings, professional cooks, mums on a budget, or enthusiastic experimentalists recording every step of their sugar-coated journey, the internet has no shortage of brilliant baking blogs
We're big fans at 4Food and frequently turn to these baking blogs for ideas and advice. So we thought it was high time to share the love and compile a list of our favourites so you can spend more time baking and less time getting cake mix on your keyboard. You're welcome.
Oooooh pretty. This is one good looking blog. If you weren't peckish before visiting Katie Cakes, guaranteed you will be afterwards. Geordie cake-lover Katie has packed her site with simple ideas that will transform your baking, and there's some stunning photography too. The result is full-on food porn. Its Katie's wicked sense of humour and eye for funky new products that's got us inspired. Her cameo cupcakes, glitter jam cookies and shortbread wings for tea cups have turned us green with envy.
For the adventurous
An American Cupcake in London
Tempted by chocolate gravy? Or how about a maple, chocolate chip and candied bacon cookie cup? No? Surely a twisted Creme Egg cupcake will tickle your taste buds then? Kelly, the self-taught cook behind An American Cupcake in London is certainly one of the most experimental and adventurous home bakers on the web. Her fusion of traditional British puds with an American sweet tooth makes for a rich combination. Stop by for original recipes, a cupcake suppliers list and a rather wonderful London Cupcake Tourist Map.
For good advice
Sarah Trivuncic is not a professional cook, nor does she claim to be. But through Maison Cupcake she's been chronicling the triumphs and occasional failures of a beloved hobby from her kitchen in North East London for the past two years. She's amassed a vast array of recipes, product reviews, reports on baking challenges with other bloggers and restaurant reviews, with a focus on child friendly places. We love the great photography and that it's a blog that makes you feel like you’ve popped round for a cup of tea and a chin wag with a friend.
For getting groovy
Delicious, Delicious, Delicious
Kitsch cake heaven courtesy of Mr P, or Peter Hallsworth if you want to be formal, a twenty-something Englishman living in Cardiff. Delicious Delicious Delicious is loaded with retro baked goods with a modern twist and a massive dollop of butter cream. We think his pina colada lamington is inspired as are the chocolate party spoons. Bring out the pineapple and cheese on sticks and the Showaddywaddy cassette and let’s call this a party.
For a sure thing
The Boy Who Bakes
In 2010 Edd Kimber started working as a litigation clerk for a bank. After winning the Great British Bake Off he's now self-employed and working on a book of recipes. But if you can't wait that long, his blog is full of his sweet creations. He’s tried and tested them, mostly on national TV, so you don't have to.
For keeping up appearances
Want to decorate your cakes with something other than chocolate buttons and butter cream? Got the enthusiasm but not the skill required to create edible works of art? This blog gets points for prettiness but the main appeal is how professional cake decorator Natasha Collins is able to take everyday products and recipes and add easy to make decorations with step by step instructions. You'll soon find yourself uttering the words "Oh that, it's just something I knocked-up earlier," as friends gush over your creations.
For getting experimental
The Pink Whisk
Cheshire-based cook Ruth Clemens describes herself as a mummy baker extraordinaire and we're not inclined to argue. Her site is full of her original recipes and it's fair to say she's not one to stick to the rule book. Ruth is an experimentalist at heart, a trait that saw her through to the final of the Great British Bake Off. This is the place to come if you want ideas for something a bit different. Raspberry sherbet marshmallows and shortbread kebabs are on our to-do list.
For being naughty
Black ale doughnuts- hell yeah! What's not to like about a site that's motto is "Sometimes it's good to be bad". We agree. This site from the US is written by part-time culinary student Kelly Jaggers who dreams of opening her own bakery. If the jam-filled banana cupcakes with peanut butter frosting are on the menu, we're booking our flights now.
For the gossip
Let Her Bake Cake
This blog is like a soap opera but with good cakes and biscuits playing the principle roles. No recipe or baking foray is delved into before writer Hilary has set the scene with a personal insight into what's going on in her life as well as her thoughts and feelings on the cakes, puddings, pies and tarts themselves. Think great recipes with lovely chit-chat. Put the kettle on, you may be here some time.
For tips from a professional
Notes from the frontline of cake retailing. Tamami Haga, originally from Japan, runs a chocolate and cake stall every Saturday at London's Broadway Market. Coco&Me is where she shares recipes for her bestsellers as well as chronicling the often rather damp and cold life of a market stall holder. She's had readers from as far away as Canada stop by her stall, so it must be good.
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