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Cakes with Character [Hardcover]

Maisie Parrish
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Product details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: B.Dutton Publishing (A Division of Squires Kitchen Magazine Publishing Ltd.) (17 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190511303X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905113033
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 27.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

"Maisie Parrish is often told she has magic hands, and when she begins to work something magical does indeed happen"
quoted by her publisher.
Her modelling career begin in 1989 when she experimented with salt dough. Being completely self taught, she created a range of characters, which at the time were quite unique. Her first order was from a buyer from a large London store. This was how her company Maisie Dough began. She subsequently wrote two doughcraft titles A Doughcraft Workstation and A Doughcraft Funstation which are now out of print.

She was soon asked to contribute to a sugarcraft magazine and it was then that she first started to work in sugar, and had to teach herself how to do three dimensional figures, and how to cover a cake. Well the rest is history and an international career continued. This year sees the completion of her 12th published title for David and Charles "Maisie Parrish's Naughty Cakes." The title does suggest it is naughty, but also very nice. She is pushing the boundaries a little with this one, as there are lots of naked bodies, limbs, and facial expressions to create, as well as standing figures. As ever everthing has the Maisielicious touch, with lots of humour, so look forward to seeing this one in March 2014.

Maisie's work is easily recognisable, and very much copied, and her many fans travel across the globe to be taught by her at Maisie's Sugarcraft Academy in Stoke on Trent. They are a truly international affair, and she continues to create and entertain her students as she generously shares her unique modelling skills. You can find out much more about her and her class on her lively website

Product Description


This is a collection of 16 colourful celebration cakes decorated with novelty figures. The book includes detailed instructions for each project, as well as general guidance and tips for covering cakes and modelling figures from sugar. Material and equipment lists, templates and step-by-step photographs are provided and there is a gallery of the author's work at the end.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comical Characters 12 Aug 2008
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I bought this book after owning 2 of Maisie's smaller books and I find the characters very funny. Maisie's sugarcraft ability is amazing and although I think the expressions on the characters faces are quite tricky to copy all of the cakes in this book are fun and can be made very well even with more simplified faces etc. The little school scene is delightful and the teenage moody shopper brilliant. I recommend this book, especially to people who like me, make novelty cakes for a living.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL YOU NEED FOR FIGURE MODELING 20 Jan 2010
This is my second Maisie Parrish book and I am gobsmacked. This is a one stop book for modeling - adults, children, animals, poses and many detailed project you can adapt to suit your purpose.

This book is a must for anyone - professional cake makers or mums and dads trying to create a little magic in the kitchen for their little angels special day.

I must also mention that what I particularly love about Maisie herself is that she caters for all - she models babies, to stroppy teenagers and old men sitting on the beach and all races so there truly is something in this book for everyone....
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cakes with character 9 April 2009
One of the best books in my collection. I like the designs, intructions (which are good) and pictures. Have made some and found it easy to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 Feb 2010
By A. Keny
Lovely clear book - nice clear instructions and not too hard to follow. Masie's books are always good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and beautifully illustrated 12 Sep 2011
By Nudge
Super looking book. Clear instructions with beautiful pictures. Would be a great present for anyone who has recently taken an interest in cake decorating.
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