We're consuming more cookery shows than ever before. There's a colossal amount to choose from, at any hour, and on any network. It's perfectly feasible to schedule a whole day's (week's, year's) viewing purely around food, and more specifically, baking.
Start by combining some Cupcake Wars and Ace of Cakes, throw in some Last Cake Standing, then top it off with a dusting of the Holiday Baking Challenge and a squirt of Nigella Lawson (if you're feeling naughty). And that's before you've midnight-snacked classic re-runs of Martha Stewart, Julia Child and Mary Berry.
So if you're ready to reach the dizzy heights of pastry perfection or be crowned 'star baker', grab your piping bag and head for the 6 Best iOS Apps To Get Your Bake On.
Martha Stewart Cookies
We love cookies and we love this app! Martha Stewart Makes Cookies promises to be an “indispensable baking resource”. And it doesn't disappoint. As beautiful as a real cookbook, it features 120 gorgeous recipes, and not just for cookies, there are brownies, biscotti, meringues and the like too.
It's a visually rich, with stunning photos, and each recipe includes a short intro, with the instructions laid out simply and the ingredients all on one page.
Extras include a shopping list, a timer and videos to help you with tricky stuff, as well as the option to favorite, add notes and share recipes. There's also a tools section (plugging Martha branded kitchenware, of course) and a packaging section with tips on how to present your bakes beautifully.
A British culinary legend and star judge on the hit TV show The Great British Bake Off, the name Mary Berry is synonymous with culinary perfection. Mary Berry Bakes offers 70 fool-proof recipes taken from her best-selling Baking Bible, with ever-so-easy instructions.
An app which passes the 'granny test' with flying colors.
The Hummingbird Bakery cakes are quite simply delicious. Even Gwyneth Paltrow is prepared to forego her strict, macrobiotic diet to savor one or two. This brilliant, interactive app serves up 85 exclusive recipes for American-style cupcakes, layer cakes, pies and cookies to suit all occasions.
It includes mouthwatering how-to videos from the professionals, and a handy feature which lets you move through the instructions by clapping, so you don't dirty your phone with floury/eggy hands (beware, any kitchen noise may be enough to activate this function!).
Bright, professional and a must have if you're looking to up your cupcake game to the next level.
Ok, so this is not just exclusively for baking, but I love BigOven. Not only does it offer a huge selection of recipes (over 350,000, the majority of which are added by users), but it also includes a grocery list, metric converter, and recipe scale for reducing or increasing the servings.
You can search for recipes based on course, ingredient, dietary requirement or keyword. You can even search for recipes using leftover ingredients you have around the house.
Once you register for a BigOven account (which is free!), you'll be able to upload and store your own personal recipes. You can enter these by typing in text, take a photo of a physical page, or import recipes from sites you've found online.
Again, not just for baking, but Yummly is a pretty groovy kitchen aid for getting your bake on. It is, quite simply, THE go-to app for foodies foraging for new recipe ideas.
I think the neatest thing about this app is the customization options - this is tailor made cooking at its best. Sure, you can filter by dietary requirements, taste preferences metrics/imperial… but it gets even better.
Depending on the time of day, weather, season, location and other factors, you’ll see different recommendations. For example, if you open the app at 6pm on a wintery Saturday, you may see recipes for a warm and satisfying apple pie. Amazing.
Party Cupcake Recipes 1000 is a simple and straightforward offline app which offers over 1000 creative cupcake recipes: for free. It's not the flashiest of recipe apps, but for one that doesn't cost you a dime, it's got a lot going for it.
This is a back to basics cooking app. There are no videos, or how-to tips. Just a recipe, instructions and decent-quality photo, all laid out on one page. Simple, does the job, well-worth installing.