If your baking abilities are shaky at best, look no further than celebrated writer and cookbook author Annie Bell's Baking Bible. This thick volume has recipes for all your favorite desserts, plus a few you've never even imagined. We'll take either kind of Brooklyn Blackout, but we prefer the cake to the night out of drinking, frankly. 

This is a wow of a chocolate cake and, quite unlike any other. You sandwich and smother it with lashings of thick chocolate frosting, into which you then press a curtain of cake crumbs — the blackout. While the frosting is traditionally made with water (in the U.S.), I prefer to use milk.

Reprinted with permission from Annie Bell's Baking Bible