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The dessert cookbooks you need in your kitchen

by Malou Herkes

published on 3 January 2024

From Mary’s classic sponges to Ottolenghi’s stylish bakes, and from to rainbow-hued meringues to avant-garde ice cream flavours, these are our favourite dessert cookbooks to reinvigorate your recipe repertoire. With books dedicated to lighter bakes and vegan desserts too, there’s something for everyone in this collection. 

The Sweet Roasting Tin

From the author of the bestselling Roasting Tin cookbook series comes The Sweet Roasting Tin a collection of one-tin cakes, cookies, and bakes. Expect exciting flavour combinations, ingenious kitchen hacks, and clever store cupboard tips. With Rukmini’s signature ethos of “minimum effort, maximum flavour”, The Sweet Roasting Tin will do for baking what her previous books did for weeknight cooking.

La Grotta Ices

Witty, playful, and accessible, Kitty Travers’ La Grotta Ices is as much a book you could read in bed as it is an authoritative guide to ice-cream making. With fun and truly innovative flavour combinations, from sea salt, rosemary & pine nut to papaya, green chilli & lime, this is ice cream as you’ve never enjoyed it before. Time to get some gelato in your life.


by Yotam Ottolenghi, Helen Goh

Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh’s Sweet is everything you’d expect from an Ottolenghi cookbook: intricate recipes, stunning visuals, and inspired flavours that you just know will work. Packed with sumptuous ingredients like fig, rose petal, saffron, orange blossom, star anise, pistachio, cardamom and cinnamon, Sweet is a cookbook to inspire.

Meringue Girls: Everything Sweet

by The Meringue Girls

Meringue Girls: Everything Sweet is the second cook book from Alex Hoffler and Stacey O’Gorman, the duo behind the London-based pop-up bakery, a familiar sight at the city’s street food festivals. Expect unusual edible gifts, delectable confectionary and sweets in all colours of the rainbow.

Mary Berry’s Baking Bible

For something more classic, who better to turn to than the Queen of Cakes, Mary Berry. Her Baking Bible is the one-stop shop for popular bakes, from classic Victoria sponge and fudgey chocolate cake right through to muffins, scones and bread and butter pudding.

Vegan Cakes and Other Bakes

by Jérôme Eckmeier, Daniela Lais

Vegans, don’t despair. From cheesecakes to cookies, brownies to waffles, Vegan Cakes And Other Bakes has it all. Written by long-term vegans, Jérôme Eckmeier and Daniela Lais, this cookbook provides practical baking advice and gives readers the lowdown on popular vegan ingredients. 

The Violet Bakery Cookbook

by Claire Ptak

Open this book and you’ll soon see why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose Californian baker Claire Ptak to create their wedding cake. The Violet Bakery Cookbook is as beautiful as it is packed to the brim with inspiring recipes. Our favourite? It’s a toss up between the butterscotch blondies and the bakery’s famous cinnamon buns.


by Georgina Hayden

While it’s not technically a dessert cookbook, Georgina Hayden’s Taverna has a sizeable section dedicated to the sweet treats inspired by her Cypriot-Greek heritage. Mediterranean-style pastries, honey-soaked baklavas, custard-filled pies and syrupy doughnuts – it’s a cookbook well worth owning for the desserts alone.  

The Last Bite

The Last Bite

by Anna Higham

Eat in sync with the seasons with recipes from Anna Higham’s The Last Bite and discover the “hows” and “whys” of dessert cooking. From rich ice creams, tart sherbets and floral syrups, Anna takes us on a journey of flavour and creativity and will keep you inspired long after you’ve finished cooking.



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