- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Merehurst; 1st edition (26 Mar. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1853917273
- ISBN-13: 978-1853917271
- Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 22.6 x 1.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lovable Character Cakes Hardcover – 26 Mar 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
Here, in a relatively slim volume, author Debbie Brown seeks to show that with a little patience and effort it is possible. What could be better? An even more personalised character cake for your child that will please them even more to know that you made it, rather than picked one up at a local store. In many ways it is hard to believe that it is achievable, especially when you consider how slim this book is. But it is!
You are dropped directly into "cooking school" from the introduction. Straight away you are given a concise boot camp for the basic recipes and techniques required for making any of the cakes shown in the book. Don't like the characters shown? With not much work and a bit of thought you can surely make your own. Fads come and go and despite this book's age the core knowledge remains the same. To today's child Fireman Sam, The Wombles, Sonic the Hedgehog, Rupert and Babar might be old, unknown concepts yet invariably they will be popular once again and once you have understood the core building essentials the character world is really your oyster.
It is pleasing that the author has not assumed a high degree of cooking competency in the reader. This is really a book for the average person. Lots of pictures and diagrams show you the necessary processes from making the basic cake mixture, through making hands, faces and bodies and up to the very small fine tuning at the end.Read more ›
I think that some of the cakes are going to take a lot of effort if made exactly as described e.g. the other Wallace and Gromit cake. It has so many intricate pieces (the carpet pattern for instance!) that you will need the patience of a saint and the skill of master-craftsman to get not only a good looking cake, but one that's edible.
Still a great book that really does help you to come up with birthday treats that will get talked about for years to come.