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.