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Cake decorating at home made easy with a fun guide,
This review is from: Busy Girls Guide to Cake Decorating: Create Impressive Cakes and Bakes No Matter What Your Time Limit (Paperback)
The book that Ruth has written is, as the title implies, all about cake decorating at home. Its a bit different to the run of the mill cake decorating books as this is an everyday guide for home based bakers who want to be able to decorate cakes easily and to a fairly good standard, and haven't a great deal of time to do it in.
The book is set out in the style of a note pad and has lovely endearing pictures of Sindy dolls trying out some of the cake decorating steps. It's colourful, different and the layout with hints and tips posted in most pages really appeals. There are lots and lots of photographs and a fair few of Ruth herself in full cake decorating mode as she demonstrates some of the techniques in step by step fashion.
The first few chapters deal with preparation, equipment and basic recipes for the cakes or biscuits, (the recipes are varied and include different size guides for different tins and quantities) after this sections of the book are divided into areas of ease and difficulty and these are described as projects you can do in an evening, half day or a weekend. The steps are well laid out and its pretty easy to follow.
The book isn't just about larger projects suitable for cakes for birthdays or special events its also has some smaller bakes and cake and biscuit decorating ideas...I'm sure the iced lollies on sticks (which are really iced and decorated biscuits) are going to be a really popular choice from this book, especially with children...and all you need for these is the recipe and the right biscuit shape to go at. Some projects require a few bits of cake decorating kit, for others you will need not much more than the right template and things you will have in your kitchen already, (some of these templates are accessible and in the back of the book).
If you like to try your hand at cake decorating at home or want to improve your skills then I think you really will enjoy this book, more so if you like the fun element of trying out cake decorating.