Let us eat cake: Britain turns to baking to banish the blues

As nights draw in and months of uncertainty loom, many are seeking the therapeutic benefits of creating elaborate treats

If the spring was marked by a national obsession with baking sourdough or banana bread, it seems that autumn is set to inspire a craze for cake-making. Decadently iced cakes, meme-worthy creations and bright pops of pastel and rainbow– all designed to look even better than they taste – are set to occupy home bakers through the looming uncertainty of the months ahead.

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