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10 bakes you’ll love in Love is a Pink Cake

by Francesca Sleet

published on 5 May 2023

Discover Love is a Pink Cake, the latest cookbook by Claire Ptak, founder of the beloved Hackney-based Violet Bakery. This cookbook features 85 beautifully photographed recipes for morning, afternoon, and night and draws inspiration from Claire’s homes on both sides of the Atlantic. From cookies and cakes to pies and pastries, you’ll find reimagined versions of classic English baked goods alongside fresh takes on Californian staples. Fundamentally, Love is a Pink Cake is a cookbook that celebrates how baking can be an act of love, whether it’s in the form of making a birthday cake for a loved one or the self-loving act of taking the time to whip up a batch of biscuits to enjoy alongside your next cup of tea.

Find out more about Love is a Pink Cake here, and read on to discover 10 recipes from the book that we can’t wait to try first.

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Blackberry and Rose Walnut Crumble Cake

by Claire Ptak
from Love is a Pink Cake

This light almond cake is baked with blackberries and a walnut and rose crumble topping, making it a delicate breakfast cake that’s perfect for serving with coffee mid-morning.

Pistachio Green Plum Cake with Candied Violets

by Claire Ptak
from Love is a Pink Cake

The pale plums baked into this cake contrast beautifully with the pistachios, and the pop of purple from the candied violets adds a lovely touch. Serve it warm with thick Greek yogurt for a decadent dessert.

Rye Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Claire Ptak
from Love is a Pink Cake

Classic chocolate chip cookies are given an upgrade with rye flour, which lends a chewy texture, and brown butter, which adds a depth of flavor. If possible, use grey salt for its coarse texture that complements the bitterness of the rye flour.

Peaches and Cream Angel Food Cake

by Claire Ptak
from Love is a Pink Cake

Light and spongy, this simple angel food cake is perfect for pairing with seasonal fresh fruit and whipped cream. Claire serves it here with her favourite peeled white peaches.

Basque Cheesecake

by Claire Ptak
from Love is a Pink Cake

This is Claire’s interpretation of the increasingly popular Basque cheesecake. With no pastry base, this cheesecake is all about the ultra-creamy interior, which contrasts beautifully with the scorched exterior. Impressive and indulgent, it’s definitely worth the effort.

Poached Pear Pavlova

by Claire Ptak
from Love is a Pink Cake

This dessert is a melting pot of textures, from the airy crunch of the meringue to the soft Muscat-poached pears, cooling crème fraîche and vanilla ice cream, and sweet honey.

Pear Eve’s Pudding

by Claire Ptak
from Love is a Pink Cake

In this simple dessert, the subtle flavour of pears takes centre stage, flavoured simply with sugar and lemon and topped with a fluffy sponge. Serve warm with plenty of cream for a simple and classic pudding.

Roasted Plum and Brown Sugar Buttercream Cake

by Claire Ptak
from Love is a Pink Cake

This light, tiered sponge cake is sandwiched with orange-spiked mascarpone filling and roasted plums, and is iced with a subtle brown sugar buttercream.

Chocolate Violet Babka Buns

by Claire Ptak
from Love is a Pink Cake

The combination of dark chocolate and violet adds an elegant and unexpected touch to these babka buns. Soaked in a violet liquor syrup while warm, these make for the perfect accompaniment to your afternoon cup of tea.

Lemon and Elderflower Wedding Cake

by Claire Ptak
from Love is a Pink Cake

Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without the addition of the famous Amalfi lemon and elderflower cake that Claire made for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May 2018. With fragrant elderflower and sweet, bright lemon, this stunning cake is one for the ambitious baker.

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