Monday, April 30, 2012

Chocolate Red Velvet Cake, and a Book Review

chocolate red velvet cake
It’s a fairly big claim to release a book entitled ‘Best-ever Baking Recipes’ but I think a collection of simple, reliable and delicious baked treats is essential for every home cook. London-based food writer David Herbert’s new book contains over 200 recipes, from simple classics such as Chocolate Chip Cookies to show-stoppers like this Chocolate Red Velvet Cake, and practically everything in between. There’s definitely something for everyone!

chocolate red velvet cake
The book itself is beautifully designed, with good hit of retro flair that really appealed to me and suited these classic baked goods. I felt a wave of nostalgia when I flipped through it for the first time, spotting a recipe for Rock Cakes, which was one of the very first things I ever baked as a child.

I can imagine teaching my kids to make some of these classic baked treats one day. I only wish that there were a photograph to go with every single recipe! A great photo really does make you want to get straight into the kitchen. 

It’s the first time in a long time that I didn’t make a single adaptation or substitution to a recipe, except for making it 2 layers instead of 3. It served as a sort of reminder that it’s okay to keep it simple sometimes… though it’s not that this cake was anything short of impressive just on its own! The instructions were clear and easy to follow, and the cake turned out perfectly. The white chocolate and cream cheese icing was sinfully rich.

chocolate red velvet cake
I have a copy of this fabulous book, ‘Best-ever Baking Recipes’ by David Herbert to give away to one lucky reader, worth $49.95. Simply leave a comment and tell me what your childhood favourite sweet treat was!

The competition is open to Australian residents only, and the winner will be announced on Friday 11th May. Good luck!

Review copy sent to me by Penguin Books

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