Top 10 Best Dessert Cookbooks

Savour this selection of simply scrumptious cookbooks, all of them devoted to dessert! Whether you're looking for delectable cakes, perfect patisserie or chocolatey treats, these books have you covered. See below for a list of the best dessert cookbooks.

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1. Sweet

James Martin

Discover 90 stunning sweet treats in this sumptuous recipe book. A celebration of (let's face it!) everyone's favourite course, James Martin takes readers on a tasty tour of elegant classics, sophisticated showstoppers, chocolatey delights and much more, with mouth-watering photographs and step-by-step instructions. Whether you're planning a simple, satisfying bake or a fabulous finale to a magnificent meal, this exciting selection of naughty-but-nice recipes is an essential kitchen companion.

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2. 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.

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3. 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 dinner parties or lazy afternoons, this stunning cookbook has a recipe for every occasion. With enough cheesecake to fill your wildest dreams, this book is essential for dessert devotees!

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4. Chocolate

Olga Jones

Calling all chocoholics - this is the book for you! Bursting with wonderful recipes for dark, milk and white chocolate, it's perfect for satisfying those chocolate cravings. Beautifully designed with a fabric spine, you'll find recipes for cakes, cheesecakes, fudges, macaroons, meringues, brownies, truffles and more. There's also plenty of practical advice on working with chocolate.

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5. Bake Off: Creme de la Creme

Martin Chiffers

Whether you've been inspired to bake by the beloved TV show, or you're missing the series in the months it's off air, you're sure to love this brilliant Bake Off book. It aims to show you how to master the secrets of show-stopping patisserie and hone your baking skills. It breaks down patisserie skills to their simplest elements so you'll soon be familiar with the ingredients, equipment and chemistry behind the creations you see on the show. From crispy croissants to perfect petit gateaux, the recipes are accompanied by striking photography and expert advice on how to achieve a professional finish.

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6. 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 gorgeous photography and step-by-step instructions suitable for everyone from beginner bakers to baking buffs.

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7. Mug Cakes: Chocolate

Lene Knudsen

For a simple, fun and fantastic pud, you can't go wrong with a mug cake! This drool-worthy 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 chocolate fantasies, from melt-in-the-middle Dulce de Leche to a heavenly Dark Chocolate Fondant, perfect for savouring alone or sharing with friends (if you're willing to share!). With step-by-step instructions and scrumptious photography, this book will provide all the know-how you'll need to indulge in a chocolatey treat!

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8. 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 with retro recipes including Peanut Butter Jammie Dodgers, Triple Chocolate Caterpillar Cake and Peach Melba Baked Alaska.

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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 can whip up in less than five 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. My Kitchen Table: 100 Sweet Treats and Puds

Mary Berry

In this compact yet comprehensive cookbook, queen of baking Mary Berry provides recipes for 100 mini and marvellous bakes ideal for afternoon tea, including biscuits, pastries, cupcakes and tea breads. She also offers recipes for her favourite puddings, such as dessert cakes, tarts, pies, cheesecakes and sponge puddings. With plenty of inspiration to satisfy any sweet tooth, this book contains both classic and contemporary recipes, all absolutely delicious and sure to impress!

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  • ACQKO
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    Following the success of Mary Berry's first book in the authoritative "My Kitchen Table" series, "100 Cakes and Bakes", the baking expert returns with a new collection of tempting delights. In this compact cookbook, Mary has selected 100 mini bakes perfect for afternoon tea, such as biscuits, pastries, cupcakes and tea breads, and her favourite puddings, including dessert cakes, tarts, pies, cheesecakes and sponge puddings, to provide plenty of inspiration to satisfy any sweet tooth. Including classic recipes and new ideas - all tried-and-tested and photographed - "100 Sweet Treats and Puds" is the perfect companion to Mary's "100 Cakes and Bakes" and an attractive addition to any cookery collection.
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    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.
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    Calling all chocoholics! This is the book for you... Packed with delicious recipes for dark, milk and white chocolate, it's full of delights!

    Beautifully designed with its material spine, the book has recipes for cakes, cheesecakes, fudge, macaroons, meringues, brownies, truffles and more, meaning you'll always have the chance to enjoy a tasty chocolate treat.

    It also contains practical advice about working with chocolate.
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    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.
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    We Britons have an extra tummy for dessert, that's pretty much a given. Either way, you'll want to save space for the 90 fabulous sweet treats in James Martin's new recipe book, Sweet.

    A celebration of everyone's favourite teatime course, the much-loved TV chef takes readers on a tour of elegant classics, challenging showstoppers, chocolaty treats and much more through mouthwatering photographs and his foolproof step-by-step instructions.

    Sure to provide inspiration whether you're planning a simple bake or a grand finale to a celebratory meal, this exciting collection of all-new naughty-but-nice James Martin recipes sets a new standard for home-made desserts.
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    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
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    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.
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    We all miss the Great British Bake Off during the months it's off air, but fear not no more - Bake Off: Creme de la Creme is here to fill the void. Presented by Book People favourite Tom Kerridge, it aims to show you how to master all the secrets of show-stopping patisserie and this accompanying book can help you hone your baking skills even further.

    This book breaks down patisserie skills to their simplest elements so that you will soon become familiar with the ingredients, equipment and chemistry behind the creations you both see on the show and in the best restaurants. From croissants to slices and petit gateaux, the recipes are accompanied by mouth-watering photographs and expert advice on how to achieve a truly professional finish.

    Learn from the best, master these skills and you'll soon be treating everyone you know to sweet treats and more!
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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.
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    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.