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Gorgeous Cakes: Published in Association with You Magazine (Gorgeous Series) [Paperback]

Annie Bell
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Book Description

13 Oct 2005 Gorgeous Series
Cakes are the fashion queens of the kitchen with their vibrant colours, rich aromas and wonderful toppings, and are great for any occasion or mood. Whether you want to bake something special for a friend, keep children amused on a rainy day, get in the spirit of a festive occasion, create an impressive finale to a dinner party or simply cook something for a lazy weekend tea-time, grab this book and indulge in your wildest fondant fancies. Impress your guests with Chocolate Gateau with Creme Chantilly or experiment with Gin and Tonic Cupcakes, make Mini Strawberry and Clotted Cream Cheesecakes for dessert or bake fat-free Carrot and Pineapple Muffins for a guiltless snack. With over 100 sensational recipes, this is a fun, stylish and beautiful book on baking.

Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie (13 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856266141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856266147
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annie Bell began her careeer as a chef before becoming a full-time cookery writer and author. She spent several years as cookery writer for Vogue, then as food writer on the Independent. She currently writes for the Mail on Sunday's YOU magazine, and is a contributor to Country Living and Waitrose Kitchen. She was winner of the Guild of Food Writers' Cookery Writer of the Year Award in 2003. She is the author of the Gorgeous series: Gorgeous Cakes, Gorgeous Desserts, Gorgeous Suppers, Gorgeous Greens and Gorgeous Christmas plus Soup Glorious Soup, The Camping Cookbook and The Picnic Cookbook.


'Annie Bell's simple recipes are just the ticket' BBC Good Food Magazine

'The Queen of outdoor cooking' Shelia Dillon, BBC Food Programme

'Annie Bell is a bright light among Britain's food writers' Nigel Slater

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"has had the thumbs up from our family's baking department through a month of trials" -- The Guardian, 26 Nov 05

"made my mouth water" -- Caroline Boucher, Observer Food Monthly, October 05

Beware! Pick up a copy of this gorgeous book and you're going to get hungry. -- BBC Good Food Magazine, April 1, 2006

From traditional to classic, this book has something for all baking fans. -- Woman & Home, December issue 05

About the Author

Annie Bell, having begun her career as a chef, has been a full-time cookery writer and author for over ten years. She has written a number of books including Annie Bell's Vegetable Book, and Evergreen, shortlisted for the Andre Simon and Glenfiddich Awards. More recently she has published Living and Eating, a lifestyle cookery book written with the architect John Pawson, and In My Kitchen. She spent several years as Vogue's Cookery Writer, then as Food Writer on The Independent for whom she writes a week-end cookery column, and is currently the Cookery Writer on YOU Magazine in The Mail on Sunday, and a contributor to Country Living. She was winner of the 2003 Guild of Food Writers Journalist of the Year.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 18 Sep 2006
I am a professional cake baker and I got given this book as a gift. I don't usually buy cake books as I have so many but this book was amazing. It gave me so many new ideas, especially with presentation. It has a great number of "kids" cakes but also a lot of cakes that would be great for adults. I think that this book would be good for the complete beginner or the most experience cake decorator. I thoroughly recommend this book to everyone! There is a cake for every person, situation, budget and occassion!
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous ideas but.... 14 Feb 2006
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I loved this book.Its a treat just to read with beautiful photos and excellent, different ideas. I have been baking professionally and privately for longer than I care to admit :) so feel confident trying pretty much anything. However, I would say that an inexperienced cook might find this a little daunting. One recipe I used was not accurate at all on ingredients (almost 3 times the sugar needed!) and would have been ruined if I hadnt spotted this... Despite this I would reccommend this to anyone who is a confident baker and looking for some fun ideas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant & lovely jubley 31 Aug 2010
I haven't made every single recipe in the book to be honest, but I have made about 10 of them and the recipes are very easy to follow. All the cakes have always been successful. I would class myself as an experienced baker and I would recommend this book for beginners as well as like minded bakers.

The "french and flourless" cake is by far my favorite recipe from this book.

Super ace brill man!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and successful 18 Dec 2009
Not often you turn pages of a recipe book and think "I'd love that..and that..and that..and that" but this is one such book.
Every recipe is interesting, appetising and more often than not simple to make. Lots of machine led recipes here which suits me!
The Kiddy Traybake (chocolate cake) is *amazing*. Made with cocoa powder, oil and water (rather than solid chocolate and butter), it lasts for days without ever tasting less than freshly made. It also looks and tastes better than the picutre would suggest - a complement indeed to the total success of this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Favourite 25 Nov 2007
After Nigella's Domestic Goddess this is my favourite book in the kitchen.
First of all it contains a Sachertorte recipe that didn't contradict itself and utterly befuddle (though that does come from another book). Second, even though my mother spent most of her professional life teaching cakey things, I don't have any particular skill in that area yet I have had only successes so far with this book.
Incidentally the pictures are mouth-watering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book! 9 Aug 2010
I love this book. I bake a lot as I have a cafe and sell home made cakes, and I am always looking for inspiration and different cakes to try. Would highly recommend this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to retire and open up a cake shop! 3 Jan 2008
I grew up having homemade birthday cakes so naturally this book appealed to the inner child I have neglected due to hectic schedules etc so if like me you crave homemade cakes that look as good as your mums/nans/grans here it is!

There's a recipe for even the most fussiest of bakers and the cheesecake recipes are to die for. There's also a section on smaller cakes so this book would be brilliant on the shelf of families with small children too.

The images are simply delicious and once you've started baking these cakes I'm afraid there's no stopping...
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning 23 July 2006
This book has a wide variety of ideas for cakes that - no matter how awful you are in the kitchen - turn out beautifully. I'm hardly a chef, but from cupcakes to cheese cakes i've been thrilled every time. A stunning cookbook (trust me i'm a compulsive buyer!) that will have you gaining pounds in days... but it's worth it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 'fabulous' gorgeous cake book
Every recipe turns out fab. A 'can't go wrong' recipe book. I've bought every one this book. Mother's Day, birthdays and Christmas.
Published 27 days ago by D. O.
5.0 out of 5 stars yum
Great, have backed a few. The beetroot cake absolutely to die for. Friend at work also has it and very pleased.
Published 3 months ago by sheila
4.0 out of 5 stars Good recipe book
This is quite a good recipe book, I was very pleased with it. I have tried half a dozen recipes (which are well explained and well illustrated) and they have worked well.
Published 4 months ago by Isabel Noronha
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful cakes
this book is very nice, if you would make beautiful cakes to special occasions: birthdays, baby shower or just invite your girlfriends over and they will be surprises of the cake... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Merete Greve Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous book.
I have made several recipes from this book and they all turned out perfectly. I bought a copy after borrowing it from the library and deciding I just had to have my own! Read more
Published 11 months ago by F Nightingale
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Gem
Once again... Another wonderful book from Annie Bell. This Lady gets it so right. Choice of recipes, illustrations, presentation... Perfect.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Tina Guilar
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Cakes
I was pleased with the book which has some great illustrations to support clear recipes. It arrived in time for Christmas.
Published 15 months ago by Marian
4.0 out of 5 stars Cakes and more
This is my first annie bell cake book that i have bought. It arrivied and so far i have enjoyed looking at all the recipes. Read more
Published 16 months ago by sunshine
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Cakes- These cakes really are gorgeous.
I recieved the Gorgeous Cakes baking book by Annie Bell for my 12th birthday and love it to bits.

The recipes are delicious- especially the Lemon Cheesecake (my 16 year... Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by Sophia
5.0 out of 5 stars ex book lovely recipes
I found this book very interesting so much so i purchased another for a friend,i also find the recipes easy to follow and turn out fine,would recommend this book
Published on 21 Dec 2011 by tigger
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