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An ideal starting place
on 5 February 2013
I've never made cake pops but am hoping to start experimenting with them soon. I was looking for a book which would provide useful tips as well as have inspiration for novelty designs. This book is perfect. The book is absolutely strewn with photographs which is a very helpful addition.
It provides useful recipes for the actual cakes as well as various types of icing (royal, butter cream, cream cheese etc.) It provides information about the various 'dippings' such as how to temper chocolate (white and dark) and how to colour chocolate.
It has a whole section on technique which shows you how to make the cake pops, how to shape them, how to dip them and explains the different reasons for blooms, what they look like and how to avoid them.
That quickly sums up the first third of the book (approximately 40 pages). The next 80 pages provides tutorials on decorating the cake pops. This rather large portion of the book is divided into sections.
'Let's Celebrate' which includes; glitter balls, heart and star shaped pops, cupcake and cake slice pops, cake pops that look like truffles, pops that look like wrapped sweets / chocolates, ice cream and ice lolly pops and wrapped presents.
'Romantic Moments' which includes; decorated love hearts, pops with flower designs, little devils, engagement / ring box pops, bride and groom pops, wedding cake and flower pops.
'New Baby' which includes, pastel feet designs, teddies, bows, flowers and polka dot designs and dummy pops.
'Seasonal Style' which includes; Easter chicks and rabbits, ghosts and pumpkin pops, bats and eyeballs, Christmas trees and Santa hats, reindeer pops, snowflakes and robin pops.
And finally, 'Animal Friends' which includes; pigs, cows, chickens and sheep, hedgehogs, mushrooms, snails and owls,
Overall, a fantastic starting book considering the recipe ideas, technique tips and other helpful hints. As you can see, there are a fair amount of cake pop ideas to get you started. I honestly cannot recommend this book enough, I imagine I will be referring to it again and again. It is certainly what I was looking for, and more!