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Fun & Original Character Cakes

Fun & Original Character Cakes [Kindle Edition]

Maisie Parrish
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Recipes for children's party cakes by the sugar modeller Maisie Parrish. It includes tips on figure modelling and sugar-crafting as well as easy recipes for cupcakes. --The Times

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This is an adorable collection of children's celebration cakes boasting the unique but easily achievable modelling skills of internationally renowned cake designer and sugarmodeller Maisie Parrish. Each new design has true character and unique charm, ideal for a children's party with a difference. Each project is accompanied by quick-to-make cupcakes and minicakes to complement the main cake or to make when time is short. With simple sugarcrafting techniques, figure modelling instructions and clear step-by-step photography, designs are ideal for both beginner and intermediate sugarcrafters. Whether you're just creating one of the 30 character cake toppers or a whole singing and dancing theme, this is the book to show you how to do it the fun and easy way.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3785 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (10 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I5EMYW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,788 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"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

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bright, step-by-step, good starter 9 Sep 2009
Very helpful book. I'm a complete novice with a wish to get into this and when I saw the complete pictures i did not think it possible that I could create them but piece by piece, it came together and now I feel inspired and confident to try something harder and more intricate.
A real confidence booster and easy to buy tools.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great character cakes 22 Sep 2009
By Kazzie
This book has a great selection of character cakes which are very detailed step by step. Explanations are easy to understand even for a total beginner. I have really enjoyed this book from cover to cover. The designs used mean that you can pick and mix the characters and just do a part of the design, great for cupcakes and small cakes as well as a fully decorated cake.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful fun book 24 Jan 2011
By anne
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've been doing cake decorating for about 5 years and love doing character cakes. I like getting ideas from loads of books and then making my own up. This books has loads of helpful tips and you are not just given ideas for the cakes this books gives you useful ideas for buns too. I did the teddybear mum and baby as a topping for a small cake for a friend and she's asked me to do buns using this book for ideas for the christening. The instructions were clear and helpful. I'll certainly be buying more of Maisie's books in the future. Would suggest that you had some experience of cake decorating though to get the finished products like hers but it would be fun trying and that's what cake decorating is all about, giving it a go, making a few mistakes (which are still edible) and enjoying yourself. Also if you have children they would love to have a go as it's just like playing with playdo but you can eat if afterwards.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative Fun 3 May 2010
By Lou P.
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although, I have seen examples of Maisie's work in cake magazines, I have only recently started to collect her books and I am so glad that I have. I make lots of children's cakes and can take ideas and characters from this book and adapt them to my own theme. This book is beautifully illustrated with detailed guides of how to make the characters. The cakes are striking and bold and Maisie gives examples of mini cakes using elements of each cake / theme.
I would definitely recommend this book for cake decorators of all abilities.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Children's Cakes 6 April 2010
What a really lovely book.

The illistrations and photographs are detailed and the instructions simple, so even an amateur like myself can create a masterpiece of their own!

Recommend this book to anyone wishing to branch away from the basic designs!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best book ever 18 Dec 2010
By spinky
bought this book hoping I would learn more on how to decorate cakes and oh boy it took me to the next level.Ive bought all of Maisie Parrish books and I love every one buy it you'll not regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun & ORIGINAL Books 3 Nov 2010
By Carla
This outstanding book is a firm favourite with so many people. The cover cake is just bubbling with character. Enjoy the delightful and charming way each cake is presented, with beautiful photography, and so much information, you just can't go wrong.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Original Character Cakes 16 July 2010
By Elna
A delightful collection of characters to reproduce. Maisie Parrish certainly has excelled in her presentation of these humorous creatures. They fire up the imagination and will surely bring an enormous smile to those lucky to be in receipt of such cakes.

Well presented and easy to follow instructions - a must for anyone wishing to produce character cakes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another amazing book by Maisie.
Published 1 month ago by Bedlington1
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great things to make and v gd ideas
Published 1 month ago by Shani
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book for ideas!
Published 2 months ago by kellyleebell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very useful
Published 2 months ago by Brad
5.0 out of 5 stars Novelty Cakes
Great book.looks easy to follow. Will have great fun making some of these for family and friends. I don't think you will go far wrong if you follow the instructions properly. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sandra H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Children's cakes
shows some techniques employed in the making of the cakes illustrated in the book and provides ideas to fuel the imagination to design your own cakes. Quick delivery
Published 4 months ago by scampypoo
5.0 out of 5 stars For beginners
Fantastic book with step by step guide.Detailed pictures that are easy to understand..A great book for absolute beginners..Half the price of other sites
Published 7 months ago by melanie dickinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Character Cakes
Some simple and funky cake ideas here from basic to more advanced, simple instructions, easy to follow and best of all the kids will love them!.
Published 7 months ago by Ricky Prince
5.0 out of 5 stars character cakes
Bought as present good reference for beginner in cake modeling clear instructions and great pictures easy to follow examples nice book
Published 7 months ago by JT
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