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3.0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy cakes for children, 25 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: The Bumper Book of Kids' Birthday Cakes: Hundreds of triple-tested cake decorating ideas to make every party memorable, for boys and girls, from ... and teenagers (The Australian Women's Weekly) (Flexibound)
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I have unfortunately started a trend in our house where I cook my daughters'
birthday cakes. I have to say my daughters and guests have welcomed my
attempts alike, but I do find the whole episode rather stressful because I'm
really a novice at cooking cakes. "I'd like a fairground cake" and "I'd like a pig
-shaped cake"; sometimes wish I'd never started making request cakes!

I usually resort to Google images for ideas, and basic cookbooks for cake-mix
recipes and I have always made the whole lot including decorations myself.

When I saw this book I initially thought it might solve all of my problems in one
go. There are lots of ideas with a double page spread with a good photograph
and simple instructions. At the back of the book there are paper templates and
the usual glossary, equipment guide, and a general step by step guide.

I think this book is aimed at those who may want to make the cake with their
children, or who have little experience or time. I'm not keen on the fact that
every recipe is based on multiple packets of cake mix and quite often use
purchased decorations.

It does state that the reason for ready-made cake mix is time and consistent
baking times (and space in the book); there are seven cake-mix recipes in the
back of the book.

Some of the cakes look a little dated (but that says more about my age) although
I have to say both of my daughters (three and six) really enjoyed looking at the
cakes and I expect I'll use the book as a visual ideas resource (along with Google),
rather than a cookbook.

Still worth a look though.
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