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The Icing on the Cake: Your Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to Decorating Baked Treats [Hardcover]

Juliet Stallwood
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Book Description

28 Feb 2013
Welcome to the world of baking and decorating! Whether you've never picked up a cookie cutter or a piping nozzle before or you're an experienced baker, this book will show you how easy it is to transform a humble cake, cupcake, biscuit, cake pop, macaron or other baked treat into a stunning creation. Juliet Stallwood runs a bakery specialising in decorated goodies and is renowned for her unique and imaginative designs. For the first time she is sharing her secrets in a book.

In Chapter One, Decorate to Indulge, you'll find recipes for sweet comforts such as Chocolate Swirl Cupcakes and Raspberry Dust Macarons. Chapter Two, Decorate for Love, revels in the art of romance, including wonderful wedding favours like Kissing Birds Biscuits and a Heart Chocolate Box Cake for your Valentine. Chapter Three, Decorate to Celebrate, gives you recipes for birthday parties, baby showers and festive occasions, including teddy bear and rabbit cupcakes and a Gingerbread House. The book finishes with a flourish in Chapter Four, Decorate to Impress, which is full of extravagant show-off pieces like the Ivory Corsage Wedding Cake and Magnificent Mini Cakes.

There are over 50 gorgeous recipes that are completely do-able, all with practical information and clear instructions. Plus, in Chapter Five you'll find all of Juliet's 'Best-Kept Secrets', from tools and equipment to techniques and downloadable templates, making this a must-have book.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Watkins Publishing LTD (28 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848990650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848990654
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Juliet Stallwood designs and produces sought-after luxury treats from her bakery in Dorset. She makes and sells her products to a devoted following, including Marco Pierre White and Atul Kochhar. Recently featured in Country Living magazine, she also runs classes teaching people how to decorate.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite good 13 Mar 2013
By I. Darren TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Even for many accomplished cooks, baking and decorating baked goods can still be something they avoid where possible, feeling it is too difficult. This book seeks to show that this need not be the case.

The author runs a bakery which specialises in decorated cakes and here she gives a bit of an insider's look at an art form that need not be complicated. Time, patience and a sense of humour seem to be the key ingredients for success. Unlike other books the author cuts straight to the chase and within a few pages you would be making something that could not fail to get a gasp or two of appreciation from a recipient. Yet, when you look behind the curtain it isn't that difficult to do once you know how.

The book is open, accessible and literally splitting at the seems with information - there is a bit of unavoidable too-ing and fro-ing through the book but strangely enough this does not seem to be a problem. Possibly the brilliant, engaging photographs help draw you in, get you dreaming a bit and BANG, you are hooked! At the end of the book is a large chapter of "best-kept secrets" with a lot of hints, tips, templates and resources. You might find that you keep referring to this handy section even if you are using another book for a recipe source!

When you combine the book's content and its very low price (for what you are getting) this is really a steal, a key resource for those who need a bit of a hand with baking and decorating their baked goods. The more seasoned professional might not get as much out of this book as the beginner would, although you only need to find a couple of good recipes to get your money's worth! The only negative thing is that if you are on a diet, or should be.... too much temptation can be found within and you don't like to waste good food, do you?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Laura
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A fantastic book for novice bakers and the more experienced. Great ideas and fantastic baking tips. The pictures are brilliant and the instructions are clear to follow. Guides for baking and sizes of tins and templates all available at the back of the book. Really pleased with this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 10 Jun 2013
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One of the most helpful books I have on celebration cake making and decorating. All stages explained beautifully and many helpful tips.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fab book...but check cake recipe quantities 20 Feb 2014
Overall, I'm really enjoying this book. It has a lot going for it for both beginners and more experienced cake decorators, with well explained ideas.....but
unless I'm missing something, the quantities for the cupcake recipes seem a bit adrift.

By this I mean that the book gives 50g of flour/butter/sugar + eggs etc to make 6 cupcakes, but on the same chart, goes on to say that 200g of the same ingredients will make 12 cupcakes.

I'm not saying that would make me not buy this book at all, just something to be aware of, as it's easy to substitute any cupcake recipe you already use and know. The proportions are right though, so I may have just missed something :)
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This has been a fantastic book which has provided me with the know-how to make all kinds of cake creations that I didn't think were possible. Wedding favours with flood icing are very popular & this book has shown me how. Thank you so much
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal book 11 July 2014
By Janie
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