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Fabulous cake making!
on 16 December 2013
This book is love at first sight! I thought I had purchased more of an academic type of a book, but this is anything and everything you can ask for as a novice cake baker. Of course recipes can always be debated and inevitably tastes vary, but all the how-tos you could think of as a beginner seem to be included.
About this book (excellent overview!)
Chapter 1: Cake basics
Chapter 2: Fondant
Chapter 3: Buttercream
Chapter 4: Chocolate
How to make and use templates
Glossary and suppliers
Tools, recipes, how to bake, how to prepare the cake for decoration, how to make cakes on miniature scale, how to stack several cakes in different ways; incredible.
Types of fondants including a recipe to make your own, colouring it in different ways, storing it, using it to decorate cakes of different shapes and sizes, how to cover the board itself in a few different ways, painting and using stencils, making swags and frills and loops of fondant, how to "push patterns into" fondant, writing on it, making figures from it (both people and animals) or flowers and leaves, and finally a section on marzipan.
CHAPTERS 3 AND 4:
As detailed as the fondant chapter.
WEAKNESSES AND STRENGTHS:
- There are numerous photographs. I feel like I could make a cake successfully without having taken a course in person.
- The text is quick and easy to read.
- Trouble-shooting comments are included.
- The look is inviting and positive!
- Can't seem to find weaknesses at this point.
I have a very good idea of what techniques are used in cake baking and decorating now. Many books focus on just one of them, but this overview is fantastic. If you don't have any books on this topic, I think you don't need but "Compendium of Cake Decorating Techniques" to get started.