We picked the top online resources for baking.

So The Great British Bake Off is in full swing and aren't we inspired. There's nothing like the swift gratification of a cake freshly baked for a sense of achievement rarely experienced in every day life. Sourcing ingredients, putting it together, cream cheese icing. That final half walnut set in pride of place, not to mention the dusting of sugar, before finally setting down that beautiful glass stand. You don't even need to buy a book because the Internet is rich with websites that offer the most creative of recipes. Here in our opinion are the best.

SPRINKLE BAKES
www.sprinklebakes.com


This is former artist Heather Baird's blog; she also wrote a book called "SprinkleBakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist".

It started in 2009 as a self-taught baker, desserts enthusiast and novice photographer. Currently, she's a cookbook author, freelance recipe developer and photographer. The site is full to the brim with easy to implement recipes.

MY BAKING ADDICTION
www.mybakingaddiction.com


Middle school teacher Jamie has been operating his blog for 7 years - it's a website fulfilled with incredible photography and easy recipes, married with sharp graphics.

BAKING A MOMENT
bakingamoment.com


Stay-at-home mom Allie started blogging in 2011 with her sister, two years later she launched Baking a Moment. Allie studied Fine Art and Architecture and landed various jobs in professional kitchens. It was while working as a Pastry Chef at a catering company that she discovered her passion for baking.

Often she will use a classic recipe as a starting point, and then give it a little twist to make it her own. She always credits and links back to recipes she has adapted.

BAKER BETTIE
bakerbettie.com


Twenty something Kansas native Bettie was raised in the performing arts. Whilst finishing her music therapy internship at the state hospital in Austin, TX, she began baking. Initially she was mostly making cookies and the people she worked with loved them and encouraged her to try and sell them.

Her unexpected success led her to start her blog in 2011. She recently co-founded an online lifestyle publication, VRAI Magazine.

THE LITTLE EPICUREAN
www.thelittleepicurean.com


Maryanne started her blog back in 2011 as a means to share her baking and traveling adventures with her family and friends.

Since then, the blog has grown and developed into a recipe/life/travel journal where she tries to create approachable and inspired recipes.

APT. 2B
www.apt2bbakingco.com


Apt. 2B Baking Co. celebrates food and film photography through seasonally inspired baking, small batch preserves, and the imperfect beauty found in the kitchen, at the market, and in the fields.

It's all about baking seasonally inspired treats, making small batch jams and pickles, for those of you longing for 'a kitchen garden and space for some chickens and dogs out back' (in the words of its founder).

THE SUGAR HIT
www.thesugarhit.com


Pop-Art style blog The Sugar Hit is a cooking, eating & living blog. It’s a resource for the young, the broke, the hungry, and anyone who just wants to eat.

Founder Sarah is a 24-year-old, self-taught cook from Brisbane, Australia who cares about the things a lot of other people overlook, constantly asking questions like, "What would a matcha ice cream float taste like?" Her first book, also titled The Sugar Hit, is being published by Hardie Grant and will be released in September 2015.

BAKERELLA
www.bakerella.com


Want to make Snoopy-like biscuits, or teddy bear popcakes? Head over to Bakerella, a site that focuses on fun and easy baking. It’s a place to explore recipes, desserts, decorating and even photography with a few giveaways sprinkled in along the way. You’ll find ideas for cupcake pops (a Bakerella creation), cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and more.

BAKING BITES
bakingbites.com


Baking Bites is a site for those who love cooking and baking, whether your preference is to whip up simple chocolate chip cookies, decorate fanciful cupcakes or slow-rising artisan breads. It's a resource for home bakers to learn about common baking techniques, how to use different ingredients and for hundreds of fantastically delicious recipes.

Founded in 2004 by Nicole Weston, a pastry chef, food writer and recipe developer based in Los Angeles, Baking Bites was named as one of the best 50 food blogs in the world by the London Times, and has been featured in other newspapers and publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post.

21 August 2015