The Artful Baker by Cenk Sönmezsoy {book review & giveaway}


This post has taken a while for me to write, because I don't know where to start. I am in love with this book. Upon first glance I thought it was going to be another one of those fancy baking books that I love to look at, but never used.

At second glance or a proper read through I knew this was going to be a book I refer to time and time again. It is beautiful and comfortable at the same time.


Most baking books the first chapter is 9 times out of 10 'cakes' but Cenk starts with Cookies and I love him for it! I love a good cookie! Followed by a chapter on Brownies and then a chapter covering Cakes, Muffins, Cheesecakes, & Meringues.


A chapter covering Tarts, Galettes, Pie, Quiche, Cobbler, & Crumble is definitely needed in a baking book as well as a chapter covering Breads & Pastries.


Although not technically baked Ice Creams, Frozen Yogurt, & Sorbets fit right in just like Confections & Drinks do. Last chapters are Jams & Jellies and Basic Recipes which are essential for any good baking book!


The author Cenk Sönmezsoy tells us in his introduction his journey to becoming an author of a popular food blog and now a book. I couldn't help but relate to him in two ways. First I didn't have memories of baking with an elder who shared their love of baking with me from a young age. It's something I discovered after I moved to the UK. Which is the second way I relate, I missed some of the treats from home and to cure some of the longing for another place I started baking the treats I missed and then I started blogging.


I think I am not the only one who might find him relatable - because even if you don't share a similar story his love of baking is the highlight of the book.


If you love baking as much as Cenk and I do enter below at a chance of winning 1 of 3 copies! If you can't wait it's available now online or at any respectable book seller!!

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The Artful Baker: Extraordinary Desserts From an Obsessive Home Baker
by Cenk Sönmezsoy
creator of Cafe Fernando


*I was provided a copy of The Artful Baker by Cenk Sönmezsoy to review by the publisher, Abrams, Retails at £40 and available now from your local book retailers or online! All opinions are my own, I was not given any other compensation nor was I asked to give a positive review, please see my contact/policy page above for more information.

42 comments:

  1. made a cake for my dad's bday which he said ws the best he'd ever had #success

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    1. That's how I started baking was by making birthday cakes for my family, no better way to show someone you love them!! ;)

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  2. I've had a recent baking disaster! I tried to make a cake that was cow dairy & egg free I used egg replacement but the cake came out very pale & heavy. Back to the drawing board x

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    1. Have a look at Vegan recipes - the best dairy and egg free book I have ever baked from was Ms Cupcake's Cookbook!! Good Luck!!

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  3. I’ve had more sucesses than failures, thankfully! But one of my most memorable failures was when I put a hot cheesecake in the fridge to cool right after I took it out of the oven. It turned sour and the taste was so terrible I had to throw it away! But I learnt my lesson and now I read all recipes till the very very end! My recipe actually said in the end: wait until it cools fully and then refridgerate:((((

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    1. I have had many disasters from missing something simple like that! I hope you have had many cheesecake successes since then!

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  4. I️ work at a coffee shop and was making some brownies...I forgot to turn off the timer and the whole shop started filling with smoke and smelled awful. The brownies were baked to a char!!!

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    1. Oh dear! My timer was broken and didn't go off once and I burnt homemade pizza's, so then just ordered out for pizza! o_O

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  5. when i was younger i made lemon curd tarts not sure what i did but they set like glue to the tray and the whole thing had to be chucked away im still dubious now when i make them

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    1. I have never attempted lemon curd tarts myself, but I think I will be dubious if I ever give them a try! o_O

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  6. After a string of successes I made a graduation cake for my brother yesterday. It felt light but after decorating and portioning up it was horrible and dense inside. I was so disappointed!

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    1. Oh no! Was it still edible? I say as long as it still tastes good!!!

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  7. Ginger bread or rather death by ginger. I seem to put to much in when making gingerbread and they always et no up in the bin x

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    1. It's one of those spices that a little goes a long way.. but hopefully one day you will get it right!!

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  8. I once made a bread pudding and put it in the Rayburn to cook. The Rayburn's chimney goes to the outside and you cant smell the baking smell in the kitchen, I found the bread pudding in the oven three days later!!

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    1. Oops!! It is easy to get distracted!!

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  9. The first thing I ever made on my own was my one and only baking disaster. I was probably 8. It was a spiced cake and I put in a tablespoon or so of baking soda as opposed to a teaspoon. It was the nastiest thing I ever tasted. Ironically, it sunk instead of rising. :) And I'm still hesitant to this day on adding the full called-for amount of baking soda to anything.

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    1. I have had recipes that called for a tablespoon of baking powder before and I have always been very weary of them ....

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  10. I guess I could say the first thing I ever made on my own was my one and only baking disaster. I was probably only 8. It was a spiced cake and I put in a tablespoon or so of baking soda as opposed to a teaspoon. It was the nastiest thing I had ever tasted and ironically it sunk instead of rising! To this day, I am still hesitant on adding the full called-for amount of baking soda to anything because the vile taste still sticks in my brain!

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    1. Strange that we would have the same baking disaster, Tracy...Perhaps you should think of your own instead of copying and pasting my comment...

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    2. It's not okay to copy someone else's comment!
      Please leave another one if you want to be qualified to win!

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  11. the first xmas dinner i made i burnt lets say we had to eat sandwiches all day lol x

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    1. I did that once with Thanksgiving dinner .... just had pizzas I think from the freezer. The saddest part was the cost of it all!

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  12. The first time I baked a Christmas cake was the first year I was with my (now hubby then boyfriend. I got all the ingredients and mixed away. But as I was a bit silly (and still am!) I then poured the whole mixture into a Victoria sponge size cake tin with very thin edges. Of course it just cooked into one mess, with a cake tin buried somewhere in the middle!

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    1. I have never made a proper Christmas Cake - will keep this in mind if I ever do!!! Well, I hope you have had more success since then!!

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  13. The third time I baked cinnamon rolls, they were perfect!! The first two tries were yummy, just not as pretty. :)

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  14. One time I made cake when I was younger and didn't realize the oil was rancid, it tasted horrid!

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    1. Eek! It's always sad when something out of your control goes wrong!

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  15. the only major baking disaster i remember was when i was at school, i was making cupcakes in food technology, i think i added salt instead of sugar to my mix and the outcome was cupcakes that looked like rocks and tasted horrendous. never made that mistake again. Best success i have had is making my own wedding cake, and my friends.

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    1. I once made cupcakes that didn't rise and it was because I forgot the raising agent .... I'd love to see your wedding cake - that is something that not everyone could pull off!!

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    1. Apple pies are the best! Especially fresh out of the oven with ice cream!

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  17. recently baked buns with my niece - they were horrible! Dont know what went wrong but they didnt taste nice.

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    1. That's a shame! I am terrible with yeasted bakes, but I keep trying! Hope you have success next time!

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  18. I have had more failures than success.... my worst was when I decided to make my daughter's birthday cake, Ii wanted to make a butterfly shape.. I spent over £100 and had 8 attempts to try and get my sponge to rise, i tried every recipe I could but nothing worked... it was just a disaster and I had to give in and buy one.

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    1. When I've had disasters my friends don't understand why I get so upset first it's because I had expectations of it being amazing and second the amount of money I spent on ingredients!

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  19. The dog eating a cake before anyone even had the chance to admire it.

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  20. I once made a tiramisu that ended up costing a fortune. It was actually really nice, but my mom fretted the whole night about someone getting salmonella. Not sure if that's a win or a fail.

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  21. my oven is horrific! one minute its not cooking the cake and instead batter is spitting into the oven trying to set on fire, next time the cake will be thin as anything and burnt. it rerally is a roulette

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  22. I would love to be able to make macarons and eclairs.

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