I love cookery books, especially anything to do with baking and cake decorating, so much so that I had to have two extra shelves put up in the kitchen to house them all! So I was very excited when I asked if I’d like to review a copy of Home Bake by Eric Lanlard. I’m sure the all the other books can all budge up a little to accommodate this gorgeous addition!

The front cover attracted me straight away and the photography throughout the book paints a mouthwatering picture. The thing that struck me the most, and which really appeals to me, is that these are the sort of cakes you can easily bake at home, even if you are a novice, and the photos reflect this. They’re not highly polished works of art that intimidate you from the start, but have that home baked look and I am pretty certain that your baking will turn out just like the picture.

The book is divided into chapters which cover all sorts of baked goodies from big cakes to pastries, cupcakes to tray bakes and much more. There is also a lovely festive baking section with tips on how to decorate your Christmas cake and a yummy looking yule log – perfect for this time of year. The recipes are well written and include lots of handy hints and tips to help you on your way.

Having done so much baking recently, I haven’t tried out any of the recipes yet but I have already started to make a list of the ones I’m itching to try first. This includes the super moist-looking Christmas cake, lemon meringue cupcakes, marshmallow strings and key lime pie cheesecake. But top of my list has to be the sticky toffee puddings in golden syrup tins. I love anything a bit quirky and this really caught my imagination. So if you buy your golden syrup in tins, save them for me so I can try this!

This book will make a fantastic addition to anyone’s baking book collection and would be a perfect Christmas present for the budding baker.

This is a review post – I was given a free copy of the book to review.