Baking for Beginners: Cookbooks to Get You Started!

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The Great British Bake Off always gets a great proportion of the country are glued to their screens to watch two comediennes make baking puns for an hour each week. Oh yeah, and we get to see incredibly talented bakers create dozens of delicious looking cakes, bread’s and pastries – and wish that we had even a fraction of their baking expertise. Which is why we can’t wait for it to hit our screen for another year even though it has moved over to Channel 4. 

The Great British Bake Off combines British charm, our love of homemade food and references to soggy bottoms in a way that no other show is able to – although, as we know, dozens have tried. GBBO has inspired millions of Brits to put on their aprons and rush out to buy cake tins and rolling pins. Now you’ve got hold of all that fancy equipment, it’s time to put it to good use! Unless you’re lucky enough to have inherited the family’s baking bible, now might be the time to treat yourself to a couple of bargain baking cookbooks to get you started…

Tanya Bakes

If you haven’t got much time on your hands when it comes to whizzing up sweet treats then Tanya bakes by Tanya Burr would be the right step for you to make to become the next Mary Berry. In this cookbook, Tanya shares her delicious mouth-watering favourite recipes. Including her simple quick pudding recipes like her salted caramel cheesecake!

Tanya Bakes


Lola’s Forever

We have all been there when Lolas are handing out free sample’s and the smell of fresh baked goods and fresh whipped cream smells too good to say no! You can now create your own unique cupcakes in the comfort of your own home as this cookbook contains 70 yummy recipes containing Lola’s classic flavours such as maple syrup and rose pistachio.


Clean Cakes

If you feel restricted in the kitchen due to allergies or like to live a healthy lifestyle but want to get involved in the baking craze then this is the right beginners guide for you. Clean Cakes allows you to experiment with gluten free alternatives, raw foods to create scrumptious tarts or energy boosting muffins! These recipes are great for experiment new flavours and satisfy your sweet tooth whilst still being healthy.

clean cakes

Tartine Bread
Discover Chad Robertson’s mastery of bread making and become an artisan breadmaker in your own kitchen. This cookbook contains variations of yeasted bread to go with a mixture of sweet or savoury foods.

Tartine Bread


The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook

The Hummingbird Bakery may only have been founded ten years, but its cookbooks have become somewhat legendary. Frequently bestsellers on Amazon, their baking books help us to bring American-style baking into our kitchens. If you’re a fan of cookies, muffins, pumpkin pie or New York cheesecake, this is probably the baking book for you.

Humming bird

Delia’s Cakes

We think it’s fair to say that Delia Smith is a national treasure (as long as we ignore ‘let’s be ‘avin’ you!’), and her cookbooks are practically a kitchen essential. For baking beginners, we’d recommend Delia’s Cakes – it’s been in print continuously since its first run in 1977, so it’s safe to say that it’s stood the test of time. Need another reason to buy this book? 90% of the recipes in the recently published and updated version are gluten free.

Delia cakes


Mary Berry’s Baking Bible

This list wouldn’t be complete without a book that would never have been published if it wasn’t for the Great British Bake Off. There are a few baking books published by the show’s creators, but it is the judge’s books that we’re really keen on. It would be sacrilege not to choose Mary Berry’s Baking Bible as the final entry on our list. Packed with 250 classic recipes, this is a fantastic choice of baking book for absolute beginners and experienced bakers alike.

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