Cakes and Biscuits

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The Cook's Companion: A step-by-step guide to cooking skills including original recipes

The Cook's Companion

By Josceline Dimbleby

Published 1991

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I don’t think anyone who decides to make a cake does it as a chore – to me it seems almost like a holiday. Both cake – and biscuit-making are not strictly necessary tasks and therefore should be pure pleasure; the pleasure of mixing the batter or dough, the pleasure of seeing how it becomes miraculously transformed in the oven, and finally, the intense pleasure, shared with family and friends, of eating what you have made. Many people feel they can’t make cakes, either after suffering one disaster, or before having made a cake at all. But once anyone has made a successful cake and seen how it can be the centre of attraction, they are usually hooked.