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Every mum will understand the importance of cake when it comes to celebrating the special events in life. Whether it’s for a christening, wedding, birthday or anniversary, the cake is always the main event. Have you ever lamented having to fork out exorbitant sums of money for a shop bought cake and wished that you had the confidence to bake your own creation? Well, with Rachel Allen’s delightful new cookbook ‘Cake’, now you can! There are simple cakes, elaborate cakes, birthday cakes, cupcakes, wedding cakes, cake pops, Christmas cakes and even a healthy (ish) cake or two. Domestic Goddess and yummy mummy Rachel’s new book is visually delicious and packed full of mouth-wateringly stunning photos of cakes for every imaginable occasion.
 
‘Cake’ is helpfully divided into chapters titled; easy, fast, healthy, classic, teatime, dessert, children’s decorating ideas, celebration and festive. From cakes you can whip up in half an hour to intricate cakes designed to wow, there really is a cake to suit every celebration. Some of our absolute favourites include: layered chocolate caramel cake, marbled chocolate crumb cake, baked Alaska with hot chocolate sauce, rhubarb and custard swiss roll and a rather delightful sounding hazelnut praline triple layered cake.
 
 The children’s chapter is especially fabulous with cakes of all kinds to ensure your prince or princess has an unforgettable birthday.The recipes vary from simple and quick recipes for an adorable hedgehog cake or a pretty butterfly cake that will delight any birthday girl to more intricate cakes such as the princess cake. One cake that we simply have to mention is the jaw-droppingly impressive castle cake, which will require a little dedication but think of how worth it, it will be just to see the look of amazement on your little one’s face. This chapter alone will ensure you never buy another inferior shop bought cake again!
 
This charming book really does contain every cake you will ever need. It’s the ideal cookbook to give or receive and with Christmas coming up, we’re pretty sure that lots of mums will be hoping to find this delicious book under their Christmas tree this year. This book has a cake for every occasion and for every baker, whether you’re a dab hand with a whisk or the thoughts of baking a sponge fills you with dread. So, go on, unlock your inner Rachel and treat yourself to a copy of this must have book! 
 
'Cake' by Rachel Allen is published by HarperCollins, RRP £25

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