THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF: How to Bake The Perfect Victoria Sponge and Other Baking Secrets

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A hugely absorbing and demanding project this was one of the most successful books on which I have worked, a roaring bestseller for Christmas 2011. Having driven the book through for a rush-release, management of paper stock remained an exciting challenge as the book reprinted often, right through the series, the Christmas period and into the beginning of the following year.

This delightful cookbook takes you through the baking challenges from the second series of the Great British Bake-Off and shows you how to achieve baking perfection. Throughout the book, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are on hand with practical tips to help you bake perfect cakes, biscuits, breads, pastries, pies and teatime treats every time, as well as showing you how to tackle their ‘technical challenges’, as seen on the show.

There are more than 120 baking recipes in this book, including traditional British bakes and imaginative twists using classic ingredients, as well as the best contestant recipes from the series. There is plenty to challenge keen bakers here, from brandy snaps to elaborate pastries, pavlovas to iced celebration cakes, and with a sensuous and yet practical design and full-colour, step-by-step photography, this really will become the baking book that you will turn to for years to come.


  • Published in August 2011, by BBC Books / Random House UK
  • Delivered on a tight schedule to ensure the book was published in time for the TV series to launch but also included pictures taken during the competition
  • Reprinted over a dozen times to keep pace with sales generated by the success of the programme
  • Used two printers in tandem, managing paper stocks with each
  • Huge logistics effort, ensuring bulk deliveries to key retailers and wholesalers