Book Review: Simply Vegan Baking by Freya Cox

I’ve always been a fan of the Great British Bake Off. There is nothing like curling up on the sofa, with a slice of cake and a cuppa watching the year’s group of bakers tackle the challenges. There are highs and lows but they are always a supportive and friendly group. One baker, I enjoyed watching was Freya Cox. I may not be vegan but family members are lactose-intolerant so always on the look out for new recipes suitable for them. When the invitation for this blog tour came up, it was a wish come true.

Scroll down to see if this book was all I longed it to be.

Simply Vegan Baking by Freya Cox

Book cover for Simply Vegan Baking by Freya Cox
Pale blue cover with Freya Cox holding a three layered chocolate cake decorated with cream and cherries. She's wearing a pastel granny squared crochet top
Simply Vegan Baking by Freya Cox

Title: Simply Vegan Baking

Author: Freya Cox

Publisher: Murdoch books

Genre: Cookery Non-fiction

Release Date: 29th September 2022


70 fun and accessible recipes for all your favourite classic bakes made vegan – from Great British Bake Off’s young vegan star, Freya Cox.

Vegan baking needn’t be difficult or boring – it can be simple and delicious! Freya’s mission is to show that it’s just as delicious if not more so than ‘regular’ baking and, when all the ingredients are available from your local supermarket, there’s no reason not to give it a try. Anyone who’s new to baking or to veganism will find these recipes reassuringly familiar and be amazed that they’re so effortlessly vegan.

From simple cakes, traybakes, pastry and bread to special desserts and showstopping cakes, there’s something for every occasion. Try Salted Caramel Cupcakes, Triple Chocolate Cookies, Cinnamon Rolls, Banoffee Pie Slices, Lemon Meringue Pie and the most incredible Black Forest Gateau!

With veganism on the rise and the range of mainstream plant-based products growing all the time, there’s never been a better time for a classic vegan baking book from a rising vegan star with a fast-growing profile.

My Thoughts

Oh how I longed not to be in the middle of a flare, so I could get in the kitchen to try some of these recipes. With a clear layout, and stunning photographs to illustrate the bakes, this book is full of inspiration from adaptations to classic bakes like stollen, gingerbread cookies and carrot cake to more original ideas. I’ve bookmarked many, particularly those that are also gluten-free. Who can resist the lure of Lemon and Almond cupcakes?

Being in Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Rascal recipe leapt from the page. I can’t wait to see if the taste as good as they sound.

The instructions are clear and well explained – unlike some of the technical challenges set on the GBBO – as seen in the illustrations below

Recipes to tempt

Would I recommend?

Yes, with an abundance of delicious recipes to try there is plenty of inspiration in this well presented and easy to understand cookbook. Though aimed at the vegan market, it is versatile and ideal for those who need a dairy-free option for allergy reasons too.

Author Biography

Photo of Freya Cox holding a stack of multi-coloured cake tins. She is a young white woman with long brown hair in a single plait
Freya Cox

Freya is a 20-year-old psychology student who has taken a year out to pursue baking. From Scarborough, she was a breath of fresh air on GBBO in 2021 with her North Yorkshire accent and her status as the first vegan baker on the show. She’s passionate about simple vegan baking and about showing everyone how effortless and delicious it is.

Thank you Random Thing Tours for inviting me to this tour and providing an advanced copy for me to review and give my honest and unbiased opinion.


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