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Make Me: Cake & Cookie Pops Paperback – 5 Dec 2011
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The designs are cute and original, although there are only a very small number that I would be happy to present at an adult party. Most of the designs are cheerful animal themed ones for kids, and they are simple enough to do that children should be able to help, which is lovely for everyone (apart from the person who has to clean up). I would note that although the decorating designs themselves are quite simple, and the cookies and brownies are easy to make, the cake pops only have basic instructions (which oddly are at the back of the book). People who already know how to make cake pops will be fine, but newbies might need a few online articles or demonstration videos to help them along.
If you are looking for a book full of gorgeous, covetable designs for cake pops which would look fab at your teenager's party or for favours at a wedding, go elsewhere. If you want a cheap, cheerful book for family treats, then pop this in your basket. So to speak.
This really is the finest example of a pops cookery book we have come across. The pictures are clear and utterly beautiful, and the recipes are thorough and clear.
The only niggle is that there are no beginners tips for getting things right and making the best pops. If you're new to 'pops', then maybe not the best book. However, an experienced baker should have no trouble with these recipes. Some of the presentation is fiddly, but a joyous challenge rather than an annoying experience.
All in all a worthy addition to your cookery book collection.
I've drawn inspiration from the book and tried the simple method of making small and large chocolate cake balls just by breaking up some cake bars and mixing with warmed-up fudge,rolling them into balls to bind them, then letting it cool a while and then dipping in melted white chocolate and finally rolling in dessicated coconut. Then using blunt lollypop sticks or kebab sticks with the point cut off it's easy to skewer a large and a small ball to make (you guessed it) a snowman body. Adding a face is easy using piped icing or tiny pieces of licorice, strawberry shoelaces or angelica. Use thin strips of strawberry ribbon to make a scarf etc etc.
This is a lot of fun to try and it seems to be a bit of a hit right now, I'd never heard of cake pops till I picked this up, but everyone at work seems to be talking about it, so I guess it's one of those ideas that has really taken off suddenly, no wonder when its so easy and fun to do.
The photographs are lovely in this book, and the recipes seem easy to follow. I particularly liked the way there are 'tips' in boxes on all pages, the ones in the 'Basics' section were particularly helpful.
I just have a couple of little niggles (which is why this book didn't receive 5 stars).........
1. I wish there had been a list of stockists included, as there are some lovely sticks and some 'unusual' ingredients that I'd love to be able to purchase (e.g. Iranian Fairy Floss!).
2. I really felt that there were just too many things on sticks for the sake of it by the end of the book - putting a shop bought meringue nest, or an Oreo cookie on a stick just seems a step too far in 'popping' for my liking!!
All in all, a good book for the money, but I think there might be too many 'ready made' options in there to make it an essential bookshelf addition.
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