Debbie has written a truly wonderful book and as a enthusiastic sugarcrafter and occasional student of hers, I highly recommend it. I can't see how anyone, whether beginners or seasoned cake makers, would fault this book, nor how any child, mum, dad or friend would not be completely enchanted at by receiving one of those cakes at a baby shower or birthday. The designs are fresh, effective and clean, and most have the WOW factor to please everybody at the party - a fact often overseen.
In these days of mass interest and access to sugarcraft, what is actually surprising is that Debbie's designs are really original, modern, fun and tasteful. Even after seeing thousand of cakes on the internet, you could easily think everything has been done already, but many of her ideas are really new, and even if some such as "peas in a pod" are regularly seen on American sites in particular, her version is fresh and effective and you will just want to do it when you see it. Suddenly you have a real reason to make those little round ball cakes!
Debbie has really moved on with the times too, and there's a real effort in this book, probably motivated by the love for her baby grand-daughter. Some modern techniques such as ganaching and cereal treats, often seen on TV shows, and which were not previously used in the UK much, are used extensively in the book and have injected more possibilities in the designs (e.g. baby heads which in cake would be too heavy). The book's editing is fresh and clear and the book is beautiful and modern, with the usual fair amount of pictures and explanations.
The pictures are big and clear and the execution is just immaculate. I just thought, Damn why didn't I think of that (the diaper/nappy bags) or Damn I vaguely thought of that but couldn't be bothered trying to figure out how to put it together, e.g. a pile of kittens. Lots of different skills for everyone, and as usual, all are achievable.
Also of note, are the minicakes. I usually find the suggested accompanying minicakes a complete waste of time and page filler in books, but here, they are just adorable, clever and i want to do them all because they really have a purpose and would enhance the effect of the main cake, especially considering the trend for lavish display tables full of goodies. (let's just find the customers who can pay!)
For those of you who are just starting, you will learn from the best. For mums and dads, you'll need a fair amount of dedication to make some of those cakes, but unless you want to do a hedgehog with Cadbury's Flakes or a lady bird covered in smarties, this is the book to get. Many designs are achievable with the minimum of equipment (e.g the teddies on the cover) and everything is adaptable and can be simplified. Just do one teddy if you can't manage the three. For experienced and addict cake makers, there is so much in there that you will like and want to copy.
It's very clever and made by a very talented lady. Unlike most current cake book writers who manage to squeeze one decent book of their (photoshopped) best work for us to admire, Debbie designs for us, she designs to inspire, teach and get us to arespectable result.
There is no one like Debbie Brown. She just leaves everyone else in the dust.