There is no more fitting conclusion to a party or celebratory meal than a special cake. You'll find the right recipe here, whatever event you are catering for: a child's birthday party, a wedding reception or simply a well-earned cup of tea or coffee. Cakes deserve to be made on other occasions beside parties, too - so you'll find hundreds of suggestions for plain, simple cakes that will provide a sweet boost at any time of any day. From easy refrigerator cakes to elaborate creamy gateaux, and from cupcakes and muffins to sumptuous chocolate layer cakes, this book covers all styles of cake making. The recipes draw inspiration from around the world to provide you with a lifetime's supply of treats. Included are authentic and exciting recipes for French croquenbouche and Italian panettone, for Austrian Sachertorte and Russian poppyseed cake, and novel creations that will delight your guests. About the author Susannah Blake is a London-based freelance food writer and editor. She consults, commissions, project-manages, art-directs and writes for various book publishers and magazines. She has produced over 30 cookbooks, including four award-winning titles.Her previous titles include 500 Appetisers and 500 Soups.