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Claire Ptak

Love is a Pink Cake

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From the hit Instagram baker comes a new cookbook full of delicious show-stopping cakes, biscuits and savoury treats that mix British tradition with Californian flavours.

Whether it's for ourselves, to show love for a child, friend or partner, or to celebrate a rite of passage, there is no denying the incredible effect that cakes can have. Claire Ptak has been running her West-London bakery, Violet Cakes, for nearly two decades, using her harvest-led philosophy to create incredibly flavourful and beautiful cakes, puddings and savoury treats.

This book is a collection of her formative baking stories, tips and current favourite recipes - what she is baking throughout the day, for any occasion. Some recipes draw inspiration from her hometown in Northern California and others are inspired by her life in London- British classics with a twist. Each recipe takes the very best local ingredients and flavours - from fresh-picked berries to peaches straight from the orchard - to create something special and new.

From Brown Sugar Victoria Sponge, Chocolate Violet Babka Buns, Tahini Halva Brownies, and English Angel Cakes that are perfect for a birthday party to Ras el Hanout Snickerdoodles, Coconut Pudding Cake and Black Tea and Poppy Seed Muffins, you'll find treats that are perfect for making every day delicious and memorable. You'll even find the recipe for Prince Harry and Megan Markle's famous Lemon and Elderflower Wedding Cake.

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