Cake & Loaf

Here’s a book chock full of sweet treats that will make everyone sit up and take notice of the unique spins on classic desserts and the added twists on favourite delights. The ingredients like flour, eggs, butter and sugar may be familiar but the way you’ll be making these morsels of goodness will have a fresh new look!

The principled owners behind the Cake & Loaf brand are Nickey Miller (the cake lady) and Josie Rudderham (the loaf girl) … two people who align their baking and world view into a successful bakery in Hamilton, Ontario. “Put your money where your ethics are” – a mantra that every decision is based on and steers the course of their entrepreneurial spirit. From sourcing local products to ensuring a living wage for their employees, Nickey and Josie are practicing what they preach.

I stopped by the Cake & Loaf Bakery in Hamilton (321 Dundurn St S) and let the aromas waft through my body, mind and spirit. The staff are friendly and helpful suggesting yummy treats to take home. I settled on OMG Bar, Lemon Loaf and Campfire Cookie – all recipes found in this cookbook.

They also have a shelf of local products that will add a special pop to any dish you’re making…from Dawson’s Hot Sauce to Humble Bee honey (these guys are pretty inventive – they have rooftop hives throughout Hamilton producing local honey!). Check them out at

But back to the cookbook…it starts with “Advice for Bakers” – some great tips from experienced ladies and then on to Essential Tools and Equipment. We then launch into the recipes with “Morning Baking”, then a chapter for various dessert categories (cakes and loaves!) and ending with tried-and-true recipes for icings and fillings.

We thought you’d like to try the Bacon Chocolate Chunk Cookies – we did and wanted to share them in our Recipe section. I dipped the bacon in some maple syrup and used chocolate chips – change things up to what you like – but keep to the basics of this cookie recipe. It is divine!

To win a copy of this delectable cookbook, go to our Giveaway section. Want to order a copy? Head to – what a great gift for the baker in your circle of family and friends!

Excerpted from Cake & Loaf by Nickey Miller and Josie Rudderham © 2022 Nickey Miller and Josie Rudderham. Photography by Nickey Miller. Published by Penguin, an imprint of Penguin Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.