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Extreme Cakeovers: Make Showstopping Desserts from Store-Bought Ingredients Paperback – 20 Aug 2013

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (20 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307985202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307985200
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,292,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not Your Mother's Cake Decorating Book! 11 July 2013
By Home Hunter 808 - Published on Amazon.com
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If your taste in cakes runs to piped borders and icing roses, you can skip this book. But if you swoon over the crazy, quirky, "is THAT a CAKE?" sort of thing you see on TV--or pay hundreds for at the high-end bake shop--you NEED this book! You don't need a kitchen full of fancy pans and pastry equipment, or mad decorating skills. Rick and Sasha Reichart show you how to strip down a store-bought sheet cake and remake it into a masterpiece with nothing more than a knife, some icing (homemade or store-bought), and a few cookies, candies, gumballs--maybe some Twinkies.

There are 40 show-stopping cakes, everything from an adorable caterpillar to a frightful zombie. The Chinese takeout noodles cake caught my eye first. Then the blue gift box of pearls. Priceless. The stiletto! The robot! The banana split!! So many cakes!

Rick's done the design/engineering so you can just scoop up a few ingredients and follow the directions. Paint-by-Number for designer cakes!

The instructions are rated for degree of difficulty, the ingredients are listed by brand name. The full-page photos of the featured cakes are gorgeous and there are detail photos and well-written instructions for each step. The tools and techniques are thoroughly explained and, for the more experienced or ambitious, there are basic cake and frosting recipes. The actual cakes are organized around themes--foods, vehicles, retro, girlie stuff, international, geek, summer, and holidays. Truly something for everyone.

Full Disclosure: Rick and Sasha's shop, cakelava, is in my town and I've been a very happy customer since they opened. Knowing Rick's genius for design (and both Rick and Sasha's drive to perfection), I eagerly awaited the release of this book, but it really did just far exceed expectation. Beautiful!!

You won't get the insane cake and filling flavors hiding inside Rick's famed cakelava creations, but his design genius shows through in these cakes and you will surely drop some jaws with these carefully written and illustrated directions and your stash of store-bought ingredients.

Happy Baking!
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Spectacular Resource for Kids Activity 20 July 2013
By Kailua Mama - Published on Amazon.com
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Just in time for my husband's 40th birthday, the book arrives. My daughter and her friends, all in the elementary age range ogle each cake and settle on the Aloha Shirt. We found the instructions easy, the shopping list reasonable and were off quite quickly! The instructions are wordy, so some I had to read aloud to the kids, but they were able to make great cakes themselves that they are SO proud of! Thanks Rick and Sasha!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Appealing book for all ages!! 14 Aug 2013
By TERRY - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a colorful, well illustrated book!!!

As a homemaker, middle and high school home economics teacher and grandmother, I find that all age levels and different skill levels will find several items of interest and at a level they could work with.

The personalized introduction, along with tips, tricks and tools for the different style of cakes, create interest and help clarify the written recipes. Even a hesitant or inexperienced baker would be anxious to try a recipe and they should get pleasing results.
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brought it for grandson birthday 13 Aug 2013
By speedygon - Published on Amazon.com
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when i got the book i left it in my truck. i pick up my grandson and he was going through the book and said can we do this and this. now he had to decided which cake he wants for his birthday
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Great ideas! 5 Aug 2013
By J. Gorman - Published on Amazon.com
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I've always looked at foods thinking how I could decorate a cake but this was over the top! I actually used one of the ideas on another cake already!
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