It’s all about cake …

Apart from my love of reading I adore cake, almost all cakes; well apart from coconut and coffee. So when I had the chance to review a recipe book on low fat, low sugar guilt free baking I jumped at the chance.

guilt free baking

The synopsis of this delicious book on amazon.co.uk:

Life is too short to feel guilty about eating cake, but if you’re feasting on baked goodies full of butter, cream and chocolate or the alternatives such as margarine or artificial sweeteners you’ll soon notice the downside. Gee Charman is from the new school of low-fat cooking. Focusing on using healthy ingredients with fantastic flavours, as well as good fats that actually help you to lose weight, she gives you cakes and cookies, tarts and tray bakes, and fondants and frostings that you can eat to your heart’s content. Rather than filling her bakes with artificial sweeteners or bland low-fat substitutes, she finds ingenious ways to add flavour and texture. Try Chocolate Cupcakes, for example, made with a delicious melted dark chocolate and avocado frosting (full of healthy flavanols and essential fatty acids), use tofu to create a soft, creamy Raspberry Ripple Cheesecake, or add rosemary to a low-fat Plum & Almond Tart to make it taste divine. Whether you want to whip up a simple treat for a rainy day, create a show-stopping spread for a party, or enjoy a romantic, indulgent dessert, this book will show you how you can have your cake and eat it!

After reading this advanced ebook I felt relieved that my prayers had been answered as I’ve been on abit of a cake diet recently and I can now have my cake and eat it! I love the little informative bit before each recipe. All the recipes are clearly written and have ingredients that are accessible to all, although you may have to look in larger supermarkets for some ingredients. The author has clearly thought about this book and has made it easy for us all to make slight adjustments to our favourite goodies, and some new goodies soon to become our favourite, and has made the end product a tasty, healthy treat. Can’t wait to try the recipes from goodies such as Victoria Sponge Cupcakes to St Clements Drizzle Cake to Mulled Wine Pavlova. The hardback version of the book will be a treat in itself as it looks lovely in digital format with tempting photographs. Would make a great present for all sweet toothed friends.

This delicious book can be pre-ordered at

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Guilt-Free-Baking-Gee-Charman/dp/184899205X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406658457&sr=1-2&keywords=guilt+free+baking

With the popularity of recent years of cupcakes and little teashops, bookshops have become full of wonderful, yummy foodie fiction books. The following two books I received an arc for an honest review.

Batter Up

The synopsis of this novella on amazon:

She mixes more than flour and sugar into her cake batter, and he’s about to find out if a little bit of magic is to his taste…

Bakeshop owner Emma Stevens has a secret — a delicious, slightly unorthodox secret. Each Monday, she mixes up a premonition to share with the bachelors of Buttermilk Falls, and sets one lucky man on the path to true love.

When reporter Jason Levine finds himself mixed up in a Las Vegas bachelorette party, he hears the strangest rumour: the marriage is happening thanks to magic cake batter. Seriously sceptical, and sick of frauds, Jason journeys to the backwater town of Buttermilk Falls to expose the baker and release the townspeople from her evil clutches.

But when Jason meets Emma, tempers flare and sparks fly. Will Jason cling to his logic at the expense of a future, or will he let himself fall under Emma’s spell?

I loved this sweet novella. Emily is recently single and has been working her heartbreak off by working all the hours she can in her family’s bakery. The bakery has a fun theme night of Batter Up, were all the local batchelors turn up at the bakery and see Emily mix a cake dough in the hope of revealing the true love of the chosen batchelor. The locals have fun with this night but have faith in Emily and her ‘magic’. When a stranger visits the town Emily’s ‘magic’ and faith is put into question. She also has to learn to open her heart to new beginnings. The book was filled with great charaters that were full of warmth and humour and fun. The story is sexy, romantic, fun and sad. Enjoyed it and would recommend it. We could all do with a little magic, faith and hope in our lives.

Batter Up can be pre-ordered at amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Batter-Up-Robyn-Neeley-ebook/dp/B00LGDXHZK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406658975&sr=1-1&keywords=batter+up

love, lies and lemon cake

The synopsis of this hilarious romcom on amazon:

Love, Lies and Lemon Cake is a hilarious, bittersweet comedy about taking your life back before it’s too late.

Faye Dobson has lost her sparkle. Living on film star fantasies and vague memories of a marriage that once was, she can’t help feeling that life is passing her by. She dreams of being whisked to Paris for dinner, making three wishes at the Trevi fountain and having sex under the stars. But the wrinkles are multiplying, her husband’s passion is for plumbing, and the nearest she’ll get to Rome is a take-away pizza.

So when Faye meets Dan the gorgeous Australian surfer guy working in the local deli she can’t help but wonder what it would be like to see the world. He is blonde, tanned, ten years younger and bakes the most amazing lemon cake. Unlike her husband Dan actually listens to Faye, his smile makes her feel fizzy inside, and when he smiles… Oh. My. God.

But is Faye being silly? What would Dan see in someone like her? Even if he did have feelings for her, could she give up everything to be with him? 

This was the first book I’ve read by Sue Watson and I loved it. I love Sue’s style of writing, her honesty and openness, she’s not afraid to say it ‘how it is’ which is refreshing. This book was funny, witty and charming from chapter one and it continued with great one liners. The story developed into a wonderful life affirming love story and I got quite emotional towards the end. A delicious treat of a book that has you laughing out loud, swooning over the male character and feeling your heart break for the characters. Loved it!

Love, Lies and Lemon Cake is available now to purchase from amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Lies-Lemon-Cake-Watson-ebook/dp/B00LAKWFC0/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

I love all the foodie fiction books and have read some fabulous ones recently, here is a pic of a few of my favourite foodie fiction, what are yours, would love to hear about your favourites?

fave foodie fiction books

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4 thoughts on “It’s all about cake …

  1. I’ve just started The Teashop on the Corner after another of your recommendations. Will let you know what I think as soon as I’m done. Just finished Here Come the Girls too. I know it’s a little off your topic for this blog but wanted to say I really enjoyed the characters. Love books that get you interested in the lives of each of the characters so you want to find out what happens to them. Pretty sure I also downloaded Cupcakes at Carringtons too so I’ve got enough to keep me reading for a little while. Although I’ve had a lot of time to myself over the last year, it’s only recently I’ve started reading properly again. Thank you for re-igniting the enjoyment I get from this wonderful pastime xx

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  2. Well, finally! I have just finished The Teashop on the Corner. Simply put, I loved it. There are few books I’ve read that touched me the way this one has. Highly recommended xx

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