Baking has experienced a revolution in recent years, with shows like The Great British Bake Off introducing the masses to a hidden world of sensational sweet treats. While exquisitely decorated cupcakes were all the rage just a few short years ago, there are brand new baking trends hot emerging all the time. From macarons to cronuts, we take a look at some of the most fashionable foodie treats today.
While the concept of a cup-size cake has been around for centuries, these cute little confections underwent a revival after Sex and the City showed Carrie Bradshaw picking one up for a sugary fix. Although the high and mighty cupcake is slowly being overshadowed by more daring desserts, the explosion of cupcakeries devoted exclusively to these little beauties means they’re now a firm teatime favourite.
The old-fashioned doughnut has had an artisan makeover, with restaurants serving an endless variety of flavours, including maple and bacon, chicken liver and fennel salt.
The difficult preparation process behind this French meringue-based dessert is what makes it such an indulgence. Popular French patisserie Ladurée has opened a tea salon in London’s Covent Garden where you can taste perfect macarons, from trendy salted caramel to spicy gingerbread.
The latest hybrid baking trend is the cronut, a croissant-doughnut pastry introduced by New York chef Dominique Ansel in May 2013. Her trademarked cronut, which took two months and ten recipes to perfect, has led to a frenzy of imitations popping up all over the world.
An on-the-go treat for sweet-toothed foodies, the cake shooter is a portable push-up pop filled with layered combinations of sponge and icing. More practical than a slice, the plastic packaging and push-up mechanism makes these clever little puddings ideal for events like children’s birthday parties.
The best bakers know that using state of the art equipment makes cakes taste that much better, so picking an amazing cooker will ensure you take your baking to the next level.