Amy-Beth Ellice has been cooking since the age of three. She became Britain’s youngest published cookery author in 2014 at just 16 years of age when she published her first book, Amy’s Baking Year. The book journeys through the seasons with delightful treats for all occasions, featuring everything from back-to-basic and traditional classics handed down through generations – such as a classic Victoria sponge and English madeleines – to Amy’s own creations that will take your breath away.
Amy-Beth Ellice grew up in a creative family in a small village in Essex, where the kitchen was the heart of the home. She developed a passion for cooking and baking as a toddler, inspired by her mum Gillian (a former interior designer) along with the TV cooks whom she loves to watch such as Nigella Lawson, Martha Stewart, and Ina Garten. At age 13 she set up her own cupcake and cake business, attracting several celebrities among her clients.
Following requests from friends, family, and teachers for baking tips, Amy started to record her recipes. She was featured in the Sunday Express newspaper and her first recipes were published in the paper’s magazine S Mag when she was just 14. Amy then selected her most gorgeous recipes and collected them in her stunning book, Amy’s Baking Year.
“Baking gives me the chance to express my creativity, inspired by my garden, the flowers, and the changing seasons,” she said. “Whether you are baking for a birthday celebration, fundraising event, or as a gift for family and friends, it is special because it has been homemade with fresh ingredients, and baked with thought and love.”
Today we will take a peek inside Amy’s book along with snapshots from her beautiful home and Instagram account, which is a mouthwatering feast for the eyes!
Amy says, “My mum has always had amazing taste and ideas, and she designed the yellow drawing room with fabrics with Colefax and Fowler. She used to have an interior design business before she had my older sister and gave it up to bring us up, but her taste and creativity has rubbed off on me! And now we decide on things together like the Bowood bathroom which we designed together. Most of our fabrics in the house are from Colefax and Fowler and my mum has worked with Janie Money from Colefax in Fowler on some of the other rooms in the house over the past 15 or so years. We’re both huge lovers of interiors design!”
From elegant New Year’s Eve parties and romantic Valentine dinners to charming picnics, Easter treats, and breakfast in bed, Amy’s Baking Year has you covered! Now 23, Amy is working on her second book, which is about entertaining at home throughout the year, while studying classical singing and opera at The Royal Northern College of Music. She also enjoys fine art, playing the harp and piano.
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