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This review is from: The Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible: Piping: Techniques, tips and projects for piping on cakes (Paperback)
This is the first of Lindy Smith's books that has been a complete disappointment. The techniques covered within this book are few & far between, and although it's called 'Piping Icing Onto Cakes', about half of the projects involve piping buttercream swirls onto cupcakes, covering boards, making pastillage etc etc which, although useful in a general sense, are NOT what I bought this book for! What's the very first thing that people want to learn to pipe onto cakes? Surely it's LETTERING... this is not even mentioned!
One thing that is mentioned time & time again is an ingredient (Superwhite dust) and thus far, I haven't found the place where it mentions what to do with it: do you add it to the icing before piping? Do you dust it on afterwards? Do you use it at all?
I now realise that this is simply a few pages lifted directly out of Lindy Smith's Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible, so if you have that already then don't bother. I thought that this book would go into more depth than the very simple chapter in that book, but no, it looks as if Ms Smith's publishers are just out to make a quick buck by re-cycling old stuff.
I'm really quite grumpy about this! :(