Unless you’re an Aussie, you might not know who Reece Hignell is, so allow us to fill you in. Reece was a contestant on MasterChef Australia’s 10th season and returned to compete in the 2020 Back to Win season, in which he finished in the Top five. Following his time on MasterChef, Reece opened his own bakery, Cakeboi, in Newcastle, NSW, Australia, to great acclaim. In Cakeboi: A Collection of Classic Bakes (Page Street Publishing, 2022), Reece spills all his secrets to creating classic Australian bakes. Inspired by his nan’s traditional desserts, this book is full of iconic cakes like his Spiced Rum Baba that made Katy Perry exclaim, “You’re the tits, Reece!” and his long-coveted Signature Lemon Tart. With chapters that lead you through everything from the basics of baking to creating your own sensational scones, sponge cakes and more, you’ll find all the inspiration and instruction you need to make a masterpiece, Aussie-style, in the kitchen.
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