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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. 

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. Take these Black Forest Bars for example — they're perfect to cut into squares and share, or keep it a cake to serve some very impressed dinner guests.

The cake kicks off with the best of intentions, dutifully light and airy, but from there it is all downhill—or uphill depending on your take on the liberal drizzling of chocolate and orgy of Toblerone and candied cherries.

Reprinted with permission from Annie Bell's Baking Bible