10 Brilliant Baking Books for all the Family

Gooey brownies... chocolatey cheesecakes... delicious crumbles and mouth-watering cakes... sorry, where were we?! These baking books showcase a range of recipes for drool-worthy desserts and other baked delights that you and the kids are sure to love! See below for 10 brilliant baking books for all the family.

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1. Nadiya's Bake Me a Story

Nadiya Hussain

A unique combination of storybook and cookbook, you'll find scrumptious stories and delectable bakes that are guaranteed to delight the whole family in Nadiya Hussain's innovative baking book. Great for exciting children about getting involved in the kitchen, you can make yummy butter-bean patties whilst enjoying the tale of Jack and the Bean-Patty Stalk; meet Ruby-Red and the Three Bears before making your own very-berry muffins; join Rapunzel on an adventure and then make her carrot and nutmeg cookies, and lots more! Packed with fun and vibrancy, this book is a wonderful celebration of sharing food and stories.

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2. Mug Cakes: Chocolate

Lene Knudsen

For a simple, fun and fantastic pud, you can't go wrong with a mug cake! This delectable dessert book is full of gooey chocolatey goodness and each recipe requires just a mug, a few ingredients, a microwave and seconds of preparation time. Cater for all your family's chocolate fantasies, from melt-in-the-middle Dulce de Leche to a heavenly Dark Chocolate Fondant, perfect for savouring alone or for sharing (if you're willing to share!). With step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photography, this book will provide all the know-how you and the kids will need to indulge in a chocolatey treat!

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3. Free-From Desserts

Julia Thomas

Maintaining a wheat-, gluten- or dairy-free diet needn't force you to skip dessert! This beautiful cookbook offers over 100 divine dessert recipes that are suitable for those with a food allergy or intolerance. You'll find an assortment of dessert delights, including puddings, pastries, ice creams and cakes, all without butter, cream or wheat flour. Perfect for making any sweet treat healthier and easier to digest, this is a wonderful book for any home cook and their family.

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4. Homemade Memories

Kate Doran

In this unforgettable cookbook, Kate Doran brings to life the recipes and stories that have made her blog, The Little Loaf, so popular. The book features 100 timeless treats that will remind you of your childhood, many of which have been reinvented with an irresistible homemade twist. Take a tasty trip down memory lane and share retro recipes with your family, including Peanut Butter Jammie Dodgers, Triple Chocolate Caterpillar Cake and Peach Melba Baked Alaska.

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5. Have Your Cake and Eat It

Mich Turner

Discover how you can have your cake and eat it guilt-free with this carefully-selected collection of recipes for healthier and more nutritious cakes and bakes. The recipes make use of alternatives to gluten, fats, sugars and dairy, providing tempting ideas for cakes, cookies, cupcakes, meringues, muffins and bars. Perfect for accommodating any diet or lifestyle, the book features scrumptious photography and step-by-step instructions suitable for everyone from beginner bakers to baking buffs, ideal for all the family.

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6. The Bumper Book of Kids' Birthday Cakes

Women's Weekly

In this lively baking book, discover a variety of imaginative, fun and crazy kids' birthday cakes that the whole family will marvel at! You'll find a bumper selection of themed cakes in this colourful cookbook, including fantasy, adventure, animal, playtime and number cakes for kids of all ages. Any birthday party will be legendary with one of these cakes as the centrepiece!

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7. Cheesecake

Hannah Miles

The humble cheesecake has evolved hugely since its invention in Ancient Greece. Experiment with brand new flavour combinations, such as salted honey, or try a more exotic favourite, such as Japanese cherry blossom. Perfect for special occasions and lazy afternoons alike, this stunning cookbook has a recipe for every situation. With enough cheesecake to fill your family's wildest dreams, this book is essential for dessert devotees!

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8. Mary Berry's Baking Bible

Mary Berry

With over 60 years of baking experience, Bake Off legend Mary Berry brings us an assortment of over 250 fool-proof recipes. This timeless classic belongs on everyone's bookshelves; from novice baker to master chef, we all need a bit of Berry wisdom to guide us through the kitchen. Illustrations, full-colour photographs and handy tips accompany this definitive collection, making it an iconic staple of the baking world and essential for every family home.

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9. Mug Crumbles

Christelle Huet-Gomez

A crumble can fix a surprising amount of problems in life, but who has time to wait patiently by the oven door? This mouth-watering book features 30 crumbles that you and the family can whip up in less than 5 minutes! The ultimate comfort food is only a few tablespoons and a microwave away with these easy-to-follow recipes. Suitable for even the most apprehensive bakers, mug crumbles are simple to prepare, but seriously scrummy!

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10. Usborne Children's Book of Baking Cakes

Abigail Wheatley

For homemade treats guaranteed to please, look no further than this bright baking book! Easy-to-follow recipes are accompanied by charming illustrations in a gorgeous recipe book that will show kids how to make yummy cupcakes, mouth-watering muffins, brilliant brownie bites and much more. The book also offers tips for decorating and wrapping boxes and jars to make perfect pressies.

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Need more tasty bakes in your life? (We completely understand.) Check out our full range of the best baking books.

  • BAKC 7 years +
    Abigail Wheatley
    7 years +
    • £4.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Sure to inspire some baking fun in the kitchen with the little ones, the Usborne Children's Book of Baking Cakes by Abigail Wheatley is your ticket to yummy homemade treats.

    With easy-to-follow recipes supplemented by colourful, eye-catching illustrations by Jessie Eckel, this hardback guide will show you how to make delicious cupcakes, muffins, cheesecakes and much, much more.

    With tips for decorating and wrapping boxes and jars to make thoughtful and sumptuous gifts, this brilliant book has it covered.
  • HMEM
    Kate Doran
    • £8.99
    • RRP £18.99
    • Save £10.00
    In this incredibly nostalgic cookbook, Kate Doran brings to life the recipes and stories that have made her blog, www.thelittleloaf.com, so popular.

    It contains simple recipes for 100 classic treats that will remind you of your childhood and many of them have been reinvented with an irresistible home-made twist, including peanut butter jammie dodgers, triple chocolate caterpillar cake and peach melba baked Alaska.
  • Free-from Desserts - Hardback - 9781849494878 - Julia Thomas
    FFDS
    Julia Thomas
    • £6.49
    • RRP £20.00
    • Save £13.51
    Free-From Desserts will provide you with over 100 tempting dessert recipes that are suitable for coeliacs and those who are lactose intolerant.

    Ideal for those looking to trim down their intake of wheat, gluten and dairy, you'll find tasty recipes for gorgeous puddings, pastries, ice creams and cakes without butter, cream or what flour.

    A brilliant book for anyone who wants to make sweet treats that are healthier and more digestible.
  • BBQEV
    Nadiya Hussain
    (1)
    • £11.99
    • RRP £14.99
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    Join Great British Bake Off sensation Nadiya Hussain for scrumptious stories and delicious bakes that all the family can enjoy. A unique combination of storybook and cookbook, with all recipes and stories devised and written by Nadiya herself, Nadiya's Bake Me a Story brings families into the kitchen to spend time together sharing stories and cooking. - Make yummy butter-bean patties and, while they are in the oven, enjoy the story of Jack and the Bean-Patty Stalk - Meet Ruby-Red and the Three Bears, then bake your Very-Berry muffins - Join Rapunzel on an adventure, then make her carrot and nutmeg cookies - Bake some pumpkin and spice flapjacks, then curl up with the tale of Cinderella and her pumpkins Combining playful photography of Nadiya and her children with vibrant illustrations by Clair Rossiter, this glorious celebration of the joy of sharing food and stories is the perfect addition to every family's kitchen!
  • CK2663
    (1)
    • £2.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    Everyone loves a slice of cheesecake to round off a delicious meal and this book from Hannah Miles presents 60 classic and original recipes for this tasty dessert.

    From tropical coconut to raspberry ripple and chocolate toffee crunch to toasted marshmallow, you'll find something incredible. One of the oldest desserts in existence, you can trace cheesecakes right back to ancient Greece. This book shows you how to make classics, fruity versions, bakes inspired by your favourite chocolate bars and even gourmet recipes including creme brulee and salted honey.

    There are also party cheesecakes that will delight a crowd and even international sensations like Japanese cherry blossom and Italian tiramisu.
  • HYCK
    Mich Turner
    • £5.99
    • RRP £22.00
    • Save £16.01
    Mich Turner, celebrity baker and owner of the Little Venice Cake Company, shows how you actually can have your cake and eat it with this hand-picked selection of healthier and more nutritious cakes and bakes.

    Complemented by simply mouth-watering photography, the recipes in this book make use of alternatives for gluten, fats, sugars and dairy. You'll find tempting ideas for cakes, cookies, meringues, bars, muffins and cupcakes.

    Designed to accommodate your personal diet and lifestyle, these sweet treats also come with step-by-step instructions and are suitable for all levels of baker. Among our favourite recipes were the peach melba muffins and hazelnut meringue with mango and passion fruit.
  • MCRM
    Gomez Huet
    • £3.99
    • RRP £7.99
    • Save £4.00
    Following in the tasty footsteps of Mug Cakes and Mug Cakes: Chocolate comes Mug Crumbles - and it's full of even more sweet treats that can be made in a matter of minutes with little preparation!

    Perfect for when you want to treat yourself, there are 30 recipes to enjoy and they range from the classic apple crumble to pear and ginger and rum and raisin.

    A brilliant little book full of mouth-watering crumbles that you'll love making and eating.
  • BKBC
    (2)
    • £4.99
    • RRP £14.99
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    The Australian Women's Weekly is famous for its colourful, easy-to-create, imaginative and crazy kids' birthday cakes with generations having fond memories of eagerly selecting their chosen favourite before each year's birthday celebration.

    Here for the first time is a bumper selection of the most fantastic cakes from over the years as well as 20 brand new recipes which are sure to become instant classics.

    Showcasing the best-ever Fantasy, Adventure, Animals, Playtime and Numbers cakes, there's a huge choice for children of all ages. Having one of these cakes as a centrepiece will make your child's birthday party legendary!
  • AALIY
    Mary Berry
    (2)
    • £20.80
    • RRP £26.00
    • Save £5.20
    This definitive collection from the undisputed queen of cakes brings together all of Mary Berry's most mouth-watering baking recipes in a beautifully packaged edition. Filled with 250 foolproof recipes, from the classic Victoria Sponge, Very Best Chocolate Cake and Hazelnut Meringue Cake to tempting muffins, scones and bread and butter pudding, this is the most comprehensive baking cookbook you'll ever need. Mary's easy-to-follow instructions and handy tips make it ideal for kitchen novices and more experienced cooks alike, and full-colour photographs and beautiful illustrations will guide you smoothly to baking success. Drawing on her years of experience to create recipes for cakes, breads and desserts, "Mary Berry's Baking Bible" will prove to be a timeless classic.
  • MGCH
    Lene Knudsen
    • £3.99
    • RRP £7.99
    • Save £4.00
    It seems that our customers have really taken to the mug cake phenomenon - copies of the book Mug Cakes (product code: MUGC) have been selling like, well... hot cakes. So, to treat you to something just as tasty, we're delighted to bring you Mug Cakes: Chocolate, a mouth-watering collection of mug cake recipes to satisfy those gooey chocolate cravings.

    Requiring just a mug, mere spoonfuls of ingredients, a microwave and only seconds of preparation time, the book provides recipes to indulge all your chocolate fantasies. From the melt-in-the-middle Dulce de Leche to the heavenly Dark Chocolate Fondant, each of the recipes are delicious and great for both indulging in alone or sharing... if you're feeling friendly enough to share, of course.

    Whether you want to impress your friends, try something new or just need to satisfy your sweet tooth, Mug Cakes Chocolate's helpful, step-by-step instructions and scrummy photography will provide all the inspiration you need - all there is to add is a serious hankering for some chocolate.