Book List: Books about cakes and baking

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A Great Cake

By Tina Matthews

ISBN: 978-1921720062

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Walker Books Australia, October 2012

RRP: $24.95

Without the ingredients Harvey needs to bake a cake, he applies his imagination and gathers his own ingredients, a range of items from the bathroom, toy room and garden, to make some interesting and creative cakes that are more suited to snails, lizards and butterflies than they are to people.

A Great Cake is a superb book for pre-schoolers. It explores both the natural inclination of children to make their own plans for the day and their beautiful ability to be resourceful and incredibly imaginative.

Although a delightful fictional story, A Great Cake follows a repetitive structure, which will help young children to understand processes and instructional texts.

Read our full book review of A Great Cake

Suitable for ages: 3+ (★★★★★)

Can We Lick the Spoon Now?

Author: Carol Goess

Illustrator: Tamsin Ainslie


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Working Title Press, June 2011

Can We Lick The Spoon Now? is a delightful story about everyone’s favourite part of baking a cake: licking the spoon. The children are keen to help make a chocolate cake with their dad, but what they really want to do is lick the spoon. They wait patiently throughout the day waiting for the cake to be ready but someone beats them to it. Written with repetitive text and full of verbs (beat, whisk, whip, sift, scrape and lick), kids will be learning the lingo before they even step foot in the kitchen. Find this title in your local bookstore.

Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★★★)

You are My Little Cupcake

Author: Amy E. Slansky

Illustrator: Talitha Shipman


Format: Board Book

Publisher: LB Kids (Little, Brown and Company), April 2011

This is a cute little board book about a parent’s love for their baby. Cupcake ingredients are used as endearments (smooth as butter) for the child and words we might usually use to describe the taste of a cake are used to describe the child (delicious and sugar-sweet). Buy

Suitable for ages 0+ (★★★)

Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake

Author: Thomas Taylor

Illustrator: Jill Barton


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Boxer Books, October 2010

Publisher’s Description: Little Mouse is scurrying along one day when he finds something wonderful – a chocolate chip, raspberry cream cupcake! It looks delicious, but it’s much too big for Little Mouse to carry home on his own. So one by one, Little Mouse asks bird, frog, mole and his other friends if they can lift it. They all agree to help, but only after having a taste of the yummy cake. Will there be any left for Little Mouse once his friends have all taken a bite? A delicious story of friendship and sharing with a wonderfully satisfying ending, this book is a joy to read aloud. Buy

Suitable for ages 3+ (unrated)

Dotty Sprinkles

Author: Emma Quay

Illustrator: Anna Walker


Format: Hardback

Publisher: Scholastic Australia, June 2010

RRP: $14.99 (aud)

Publisher’s description: Follow Owl, Panda and Sheep as they decorate cupcakes. Cake decorating has never been so much fun, or tasty!

Suitable for ages 1+ (unrated)


Author/Illustrator: Charise Mericle Harper


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Hyperion Books (Scholastic), January 2010

This is a quirky, colourful and light-hearted book for children. A plain, vanilla cupcake is quite upset after being neglected in favour of other more exciting cupcakes. He sets out on a quest with his new friend (Candle) to become something special. The journey is the most entertaining part of this story rather than the outcome of his quest, where Candle suggests Cupcake should try such toppings as pickles, spaghetti and smelly cheese. The illustrations are a visual delight and invite much interaction from the reader. As an extra bonus, you’ll also find a cupcake recipe at the back of the book. Find this title in your local bookstore.

Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★★)

Who Made This Cake?

Author: Chihiro Nakagawa

Illustrator: Junji Koyose


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Front Street Books (Boyd Mills Press), September 2008

Publisher’s Description: What if the people you order your next birthday cake from are tiny and that they build cakes the way we build buildings? Tractor trailers and giant cranes, catwalks and helicopters. Hundreds of workers. Never have you seen such a construction site! Buy.

Suitable for ages 3+ (unrated)

If you Give a Cat a Cupcake

Author: Laura Joffe Numeroff

Illustrator: Felicia Bond


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Laura Geringer Book (HarperCollins), October 2008

If you Give a Cat a Cupcake is one of the book is the ‘If you give’ series. This story starts with a little girl giving her cat a cupcake but, in line with the series’ pursuit of potential possibilities, the cat gets distracted and ends up in all sorts of places like visiting the beach and taking a karate class. Each event leads to the next until he returns home to the cupcake.

Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★)

Maisy Bakes a Cake

Author: Lucy Cousins


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd, March 2009

Lift the flaps, pull the tabs, and help Maisy make a yummy cake

Suitable for ages 1+ (★★★★)

You might also be interested in Maisy Makes Gingerbread

Mud Pies and Other Recipes

By Marjorie Winslow and Erik Blegvad


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: NYRB Children’s Collection , November 2010

This small, nostalgic book is simply magical. It provides children with inspiration and a licence to be creative. It is an adorable make-believe cookbook that harnesses the imagination of children. Recipes are set out under one of 5 courses. Recipes such as Woodchip Dip, Mud Puddle Soup, Gravel En Casserole and Dandelion Soufflé will guarantee that little boys and girls will be putting on the best tea parties for their dolls, fairies and goblins. Buy

Suitable for ages 4+ (★★★★)

My Grandma’s Kitchen

By Louise Fulton Keats and recipes by Margaret Fulton

ISBN: 978-1742701141

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Hardie Grant Books , April 2011

My Grandma’s Kitchen is a children’s cookbook which exudes warmth, love and an appreciation for delicious food.  It is essentially two books in one; Aligned with a gorgeous little story are simple and enjoyable recipes. The story is narrated by Lulu who writes about her adventures in the kitchen alongside her Grandma and brother, George. Told in a child-like-rhyme, the story shares meals eaten, conversations spoken, fancy terminology, and cooking tips and tricks. Read our full feature view in tiny and little, Issue 3.

Find this title in your local bookstore.

Suitable for ages 3+ (★★★★★)

Book List: Books about cakes and baking

  1. What a great list of books. I love your reviews & your site! So good.

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