Visit any branch of London's acclaimed bakery Baker & Spice and you will be seduced by the sight and smells of any number of tempting treats - fresh apple and plum tarts, or little tarts filled with rich lemon curd or heavenly chocolate and caramel cakes. There are also countless cookies, marvellous muffins, cheesecake brownies, dreamy doughnuts and huge meringues that melt in the mouth. Exceptional Cakes allows the home cook to recreate some of Baker & Spice's recipes in the comfort of their own kitchen. Using good quality ingredients and techniques that have been developed to perfection, these recipes are guaranteed to impress. There are also special features on techniques for perfect pastry and special cake making methods all explained in detail and illustrated with step-by-step photographs. Baker & Spice opened in September 1995 and quickly established itself as an innovative food shop with its own kitchens and amazing bakery. Now with three shops, and a fourth soon to open, it is a focus for the local community, as well a having a worldwide reputation for exceptional breads, cakes and pastries.
Baker & Spice opened in September 1995 and quickly established itself as an innovative food shop with its own kitchens and amazing bakery. Now with three shops, and a fourth soon to open, it is a focus for the local community, as well as having a worldwide reputation for exceptional breads, cakes and pastries. Dan Lepard is regarded as one of the finest bakers in the world. An artisan baker by training, he has refined his craft by working with great bakers all over the world. He has worked at some of London's hottest restaurants including Alastair Little, St John, Zafferano, Coast, The Sugar Club, Lola's, Mezzo and Locanda Locatelli. As a consultant baker he played an important role in the success of Baker & Spice. His previous books include Baking with Passion and The Handmade Loaf. Richard Whittington is a food writer with an excellent reputation. He has written many books about food and cooking including Alastair Little: Keep it Simple, Cutting Edge: A Cook's Californian Inspiration and Home Food. His collaborative work includes Baking with Passion, Food of the Sun, Quaglino's: The Cookbook, and Fusions.