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Cake Characters (Cozy) [Paperback]

Ann Pickard
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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Book Description

7 Nov 2009 Cozy
Yet another great title in the successful Cozy series. For that special, final touch to any family celebration here are thirty easy-to-make, fun and fabulous cake-decoration characters to put that personal touch to the festivities that will mean so much to the recipient. Readers will never be stuck for ideas and inspiration, no matter what the theme of the party. Whether it is a mischievous fairy, naughty goblin train driver waving from the cab or Frantic Firemen putting out all those candles for the big 4-0 , there is be something for everyone. The Basic Recipe and Techniques sections cover how to make the icing and marzipan basic figures and give tips on how to adapt them to get the pose or facial expression just right. These basics will then be carried through the thirty projects with tips to allow the reader to adapt them as they please. Plus all the characters are made with shop-bought sugarpaste - what could be easier!?

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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Gmc; 1 edition (7 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861086431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861086433
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 20.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ann Pickard runs a successful wedding and special occasion cake-making business in Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, UK. She has written several titles on cake making and decorating and has also produced a number of DVDs on the same subjects.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cake characters books 3 Jan 2010
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I met Ann at a Harrogate cake fair where she showed my cakey friends and I how to make some of these models, she was fabulous and could not do enough for us Newcastle girls. I heartedly reccomend this book, especially for the penguins which I made for my sons school xmas fair and they flew (penguins fly?) out of the window. Her DVD's are fab too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant 1 July 2011
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I watched Ann live on a well known creative channel on sky and free view (sky channel 671) and loved the techniques that she used, so I come looking for her books and decided upon this one, I am so glad I did, it is perfect for beginners are there are clear written and visual instructions and I have not done model making before and managed to create brilliant master pieces that everyone liked after just a few attempts.

Ann doesn't make you use lots of expensive cake decorating equipment.

I believe a must for all new cake decorators,
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars easy peasy cake toppers 28 Jun 2010
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I agree that these are simple models but they do look really effective. I decorate lots of cakes but sometimes I want a specific model and this book has plenty of ideas. The basic shapes/models provided can be used as a starting point if you are more experienced - and, of course, sometimes a simple model is really all that you need! A good book and excellent value for money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun book 21 Feb 2013
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this is just so easy to follow, its great fun to play with the children and also to use with not just sugar paste, but the modelling dough to keep the kiddies amused in the holidays.
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3.0 out of 5 stars great book for begginners 29 Nov 2010
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I do cake decorationg and wanted to start doing more modles this book is great but the figures can be a little basic but there is an easy guid to follow and if you have never done modles before then this is a must for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cake Characters 11 Aug 2010
By jane
As a beginner in animal modeling, i found this book an excellent buy. it is clearly written and well illustrated. I especially liked the simple size grading system used Ann.
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3.0 out of 5 stars chracter 22 Feb 2014
This book is aimed at those new to modelling with sugarpaste and covers a good selection of models such as teddy, clown, rabbit, pig, elephant, tiger and zebra. There are step by step pictures to guide you through as you make your models and the instructions are quite clear. There is a sizing chart to help you to get each piece to the right size.

I have really enjoyed making some of the models and find the book really easy to use but this book and its content will not stretch you or help you to develop beyond beginner level and I have since purchased another book 100 Fondant Models for cake decorators by Helen Penman which I prefer.
There are no pictures of the models being used to decorate cakes- all finished model pictures show the models on cake drums. It would have been nice to include some pictures of them on cakes for further inspiration. All of the cake drums have been decorated with ribbon around the base but there is no mention as to how this was achieved and as a complete beginner I then had to look this up online.

None of the models have been shaded or glazed and it would have been nice to see this covered as a way to further enhance the models and further develop your skills. There is no mention of this throughout the book although some characters such as the zebra and tiger have been painted to add stripes.

One of the best and worst things about this book is that there is a sizing guide at the back of the book to ensure the body part pieces created are to correct size and scale. However this is at the back of the book and you find you are constantly flicking back to it as each model simply states however many of each size. It would have been useful if this was removable so could be studied alongside the model that you are making.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cake decoration 16 Jan 2014
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The book would stimulate the reader to have a go even if they have never decorated cakes before. Would recommend it
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Excellent sugarcraft book for the beginner and the intermediate sugarcrafter excellent layout and easy to follow instructions and guides you will be amazed at what you can create I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by S Mott
5.0 out of 5 stars cake characters
Always love her designs and these are so cute and easily adapted to cup cakes as well.....have several of her books now
Published 7 months ago by thelma tatham
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids
Characters are great for kids - not really brilliant designs but easy fr children and beginners to use as a guide.
Published 8 months ago by partybaker
5.0 out of 5 stars characters
i have already made several of these little characters so easy to make even had help from the grandchildren thanks.
Published 8 months ago by D. Bayley
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
we baked our own birthday cake for our 3 year old and used the book to be able to make a mini mouse charicter. excellent and quite easy to make the chacicters.
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Andrew D. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Characters book
I love Ann Pickard books as they are easy to read and her instructions are always easy to follow I have quite a few I have also seen her give very good demonstration at food shows
Published 10 months ago by Sandra phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab starter book
A great way to start modelling. Lots of easy to follow picture instructions. Good clear pictures of each figure. Well worth buying.
Published 10 months ago by alison B
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow
Step by step instructions easy to follow. Not complex models but if new to modelling gives you technique on how to put them together. Cute little characters that kids love.
Published 11 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing!
Another smashing little book by Ann Pickard. Always gives clear and easy to follow insructions. End results look amazing. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant buy
bought as a gift for a dear friend, she was well pleased with it
i couldve made those cake characters with the step by step guide given
Published 12 months ago by Tammie
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