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Monday, 16 January 2012

miss b loves........Great Cake Places London 2012

As someone who is always on the look-out for amazing tea shops, pâtisseries and cafés, I knew that that 'Great Cake Places London 2012' was a book I had to have on my shelf! Complete with mouth-watering pictures of the most wonderful cakes, this very pretty book introduces a huge selection of London's best and exceptional cake shops and cafés. 

Just my kind of book...I thoroughly enjoyed reading the sections about the history of cakes, cupcakes and wedding cakes and  afternoon tea etiquette. I love the stylish pastel pink cover too! The venues are arranged in five categories: Cupcakes and Bakery, Coffee & Cake, Afternoon Tea, Wedding Cakes and Chocolates & Sweets.....

For each cake place there is a review and a detailed description of the venue and the sweet offerings, as well as a cake rating (cupcakes instead of stars - very cute!) and an overall rating. There are other useful pieces of  information such as price guides, opening hours, signature cake and various icons (mother and baby friendly, soya available, Wi-Fi etc.)

For those who would like to produce some of the sweet treats at home, there are even recipes at the back of the book from some of the pastry chefs.

It's so reassuring to know that every venue featured in Great Cake Places has been visited and rated by their expert team.
The Cake Rating (number of cupcakes out of five) is not only about the taste but also visual appeal, innovation, skill involved and whether the cake is made in-house.
The Overall Rating (number of stars out of five) is about the all important ‘wow factor’ including atmosphere, design, customer service and displays.

Even if you're not planning  a trip to London in the near future, I think it's worth buying for the snippets of information, gorgeous photography and recipes. However, I shall be making a return visit (maybe more than one!) in 2012 and these are my top three cake venues to try........... 

  • Cake Boy (for Valrhona Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Torte)
  • Ella's Bakehouse (for mini Cherry Crumble) 
  • The Sanderson (for the Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea - you can  read all about it here at Cupcake Crazy Gem's blog)

and all those other wonderful cake places will just have to wait for my future trips............

miss b recommends:
  •  buying this book for a cake-loving, sweet-toothed friend (and one for yourself, of course!)
  •  visiting the Great Cake Places website (you can become a member for £4.25 a year)

I ordered my copy direct from the Great Cake Places website  (Allegra Publications) Also available from Amazon.                               


  1. nonono I mustnt read this!! Cakes are my perdition!hahaha i love them hihi


  2. miss b, this is so delightful! thanks for the information. i'm a fan of peggy porschen cakes. i even wrote a blog post about her last year, so it's great to discover others that are recognized. again, thanks for posting this. :)


  3. I love the mini cakes...They look so yummy!!

    PS. Are we following each other? if not, I would to. Hope to hear from you soon.

    <3 Marina

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

    I love cake and my fave place to go to for tea in London is Claridges and Sketch... their cakes are majestic!!!


  5. I have to get that book when i visit London again ! I am hungry now :) Nice post ! XOXO

  6. Looks like a great book to have on the shelf! Hope you have a good week:)

  7. Such a great post, I like it!!! This book seems simply fab!

    Take a look and if you want we can follow each others: Cosa mi metto???

  8. Unfortunately I didn't own this book when I lived in London because I really wanted to try new places to eat a portion of cake or a cup tea and scape from the typical ones but I always went to Ladurée, Pastisserie Valerie or Artisan du Chocolate.
    I'll keep this post on my favourites for the next time I visit this wonderful city, thanks for this recommendation!

  9. Hi Claudia - Next time you visit London you will be spoilt for choice! A good excuse for you to return.

  10. Looks like a great book! I also need it, since I am addicted to cozy coffee shops and everything sweet!

  11. Great review, imagine writing a book like this!

  12. What a cute book! Everything looks so yummy.


  13. love your blog, it's great!
    keep it up, and i'll be sure to come back for more!


  14. Wow - I love the idea of this book!!! And cupcakes, who doesn't love cupcakes :)


  15. I love cupcakes - can never get enough! :-)

  16. What a great post Miss B - thankyou for sharing. I LOVE a good cupcake! My sister is hoping to get to London later in the year - what a perfect gift to wish her a happy trip!

    Hope you having a lovely week and thankyou so much for leaving me such a sweet comment. I really appreciated it!

    Hugs and happy Wednesday to you, Stephie x

  17. Yum! How great's this! I'll definitely have to get this for when I come back to London later this year!

  18. This book seems amazing :) I might have to get it right before I go back to London next time :)

  19. i find your blog a very interesting place and i follow now :)


  20. Thank you for leaving a somment on our blog! Your blog is very interesting so if you like, maybe we can follow each other? let us know! Kiss from Croatia

  21. I have a dangerous obsession with red velvet cupcakes at the moment!

  22. Thank you for all the positive comments about the book (and my blog!) We certainly all love cupcakes!
    Thanks 'just me' (http://excurlythoughts.blogspot.com/)for following!

  23. Hello, sweetie! Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! I just followed back! The book must be amazing!

    Have a great weekend!


  24. Sounds like a great book. Wouldn't it be fun to book a trip with the bestie and just visit all of the lovely hot spots that the book mentions?! xo

  25. Sounds like a great idea, Debby. There are so many I would love to visit!

  26. great review, and I love you blog! It's so cute and lovely :) I'm a new follower of you. Hope you'll follow back


  27. Thank you, Fenni for following my blog - so pleased you like it.

  28. I love cake and im sure i will love the book! Thanks for sharing.

    Follow me on my blog: www.zizistyling.blogspot.com

  29. Thanks for stopping by hun, this is truly delicious post! What an interesting looking book, I can just imagine visiting all these divine cake places

  30. OK, that does it! I'm on my way ;) Tea, pretty cups, little bites of sweetness - love it all. This book would also make wonderful gift. Thanks for sharing ~ and stopping by to say hi.

  31. Ooh looks lovely!


  32. looks yummy, interesting writing...


  33. I need to read this ASAP... although I might go into a food comma from all the desire to bake Ill get haha :)

  34. Benedicte/AllegraPublications2 May 2012 at 15:05

    Thanks for your review! If you love Great Cake Places London2012 that we recently published, you will love Great Cake Places Paris COMING SOON ! :)

  35. You're welcome and you are absolutely right - I'm sure I shall love Great Cake Places Paris!! I can't wait for it to be published.


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