I thought this week I’d give you a roundup of some of favourite, most referred to blogs. There are so many blogs out there it was difficult to limit myself to just five, so I’m thinking this will become a semi-regular occurrence as I stumble across new blogs and discover new baked delights. Next time I’ll cover off New Zealand baking blogs, but this time I’ve stuck to a smattering of international blogs that I adore.
PS: if you make anything off these blogs please let me know how it goes – would love to hear from you!
Call Me Cupcake
I am obsessed with this beautifully photographed blog out of Sweden. Written in both Swedish and English the blog is short on chat but full of the most amazing food photography. Linda’s style tends towards chiaroscuro (an Italian word meaning light-dark where backgrounds and props used are generally dark, and light is used to highlight the food), and her food stands out because of it. She published her first book in Swedish last year and I cannot wait for it to be translated into English (I’m actually tempted to get it in Swedish just so I can drool over the pictures). FYI if you decide to try one of her recipes, conversions for the Swedish measuring unit of decilitres (dl) can be found on her FAQ page.
Most recent post: The Big Brunch Post
Post I most want to try: Fudge Ice Cream Cake with Cherries
Joy the Baker
Joy the Baker is one of my favourite blogs to read. Joy has an amazing ‘voice’ and a wonderful writing style that is, well, just a joy to read. Her quirky and sometimes random posts make her blog heaps of fun and her delicious food (both baking and non-baking) keeps me coming back for more. Her book (also called Joy the Baker) is a fun, irreverent baking book full of scrummy baking and laugh-out-loud notes.
Most recent post: Green Salad with Pink Goats Cheese Hearts
Post I most want to try: Chocolate Cream Filled Vanilla Sugar Doughnuts
Best tutorial: How to Frost a Cake in 10 Pictures
The Rainbow Doodle Birthday Cake may be the most famous of her posts, but Rosie of Sweetapolita always makes me drool with her beautifully decorated and photographed cakes. Not only is she is an amazing cake decorator and baker, she also writes some of the best ‘how to’ blogs. I used her Swiss Meringue Buttercream Demystified post on Hottest Home Baker to make SMB for the first time and it was a huge success.
Most recent post: Red Velvet and Raspberry Supreme Cake
Post I most want to try: How to Make a Fondant Asparagus Cake
Best tutorial: 50 Tips for Baking Better Cakes
Bake or Break
These recipes always look delicious, but best of all, to my mind, they look achievable by the average home baker. This is a great ‘inspiration’ blog for those moments when you have the urge to bake but no clue what to make. Jennifer’s latest post looks so good I’m going to make my own version very soon.
Most recent post: Italian Jam Crostata
Post I most want to try: Blueberry Croissant Bread Pudding
This is a well-established baking blog that has a wealth of recipes to refer to (almost 1500 at last count!). They’re all written in and concise, accessible manner and are easily cobbled together at home with fairly common ingredients. The photography isn’t too flash but since the recipes are so good it doesn’t matter one bit.
Most recent post: A History of Conversation Hearts
My favourite post: Meyer Lemon Coffee Cake