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Inspiring book, achievable designs...
on 21 July 2009
I was originally drawn to this book because of the title and the front cover; both are a wonderful reflection of what this book is really about! I love baking but I'm still fairly new to cake decorating although many of the ideas and designs in this book are surprisingly simple to make up - you don't HAVE TO follow them exactly either. Many of the cake designs are huge tiered creations (as with many books like this) but the designs can be adapted to smaller single layer versions or even to cupcake versions.
One thing I would criticize is that if you are trying to replicate designs exactly, some of the instructions are quite hard to follow. Maybe this is because I am still a beginner but on the plus side, I found the diagrams to be very helpful and once you know the basic techniques, it's possible to reproduce similar designs just by using the pictures for inspiration. Be aware though that cake decorating is quite time-consuming and it's been a real test of patience for me! That's where a book like this really helps because it's got lots of great pictures to keep you motivated and on-track.
Something else I love about the book is that everything you see on its pages (tools, cutters etc) can actually be purchased directly through the author's website! This is brilliant in my opinion! Having said this, I also think some of Lindy's cutters are a bit expensive and if you have the time, there are lots of UK online shops to browse (plus ebay) where you can get similar cutters that will do the job just as well. If you don't have the time to shop around, Lindy's shop usually has good availability.
To conclude, the book genuinely does provide inspiration and I always refer back to it when I'm doing some fancy cake-making! It's a great book for getting ideas and I think it's suitable for all levels whether you are looking for general inspiration or looking for step-by-step instructions. The hardest thing for me has always been covering the cake with a sheet of icing - once you get a hang of this, the rest is quite fun and you can be as creative as you like! ...It's amazing what you can create just by investing in a few cutters, a bunch of food colours and a bag full of patience! :)