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on 2 July 2013
I was disappointed and surprised to see that this book recommends using cake mix! Admittedly there is one page of cake recipes tucked away at the back, but as the cover says 'a collection of new and favourite recipes', I expected more than seven cake recipes in all!
There are suggestions for many forms of decoration - the main focus of the book. Again, I was disappointed. Some of the ideas are OK, but most are very dated, very amateur-looking and make use of bought decoration! On the pages where you are told you can make decorations as well as buy them, instructions for making them are not included, for example, page 102 features penguins - 'Buy small plastic toy penguins or make your own by moulding coloured ready-made white icing.' This is not helpful if you have never done it before. The reliance on heavy-handed use of butter cream is offputting and overall I do not feel this book is good value.
On the plus side, very young children will probably love the cakes, and templates are included to assist with cutting the cakes to shape.