This comes from the Australian Women's Weekly stable which means reliability. This is a terrific book if you bake for children or grandchildren with a huge variety of celebration cakes to choose from. There are even patterns for the various shapes which is a real boon for people like me who cannot draw. The instructions are clear and easy to follow and the book is colourfully illustrated.
It's not quite perfect. Some of the recipes make use of cake mixes with recipes at the end of the book which can be substituted. There is a problem with this as no baking temperature is given and we are told both follow the mix's instructions - an issue if you never use cake mixes. I had to guess the baking temperature and luckily it worked out OK. The oven temperatures are only given in centigrade and Fahrenheit so you need a conversion table if you use gas. Although most weights are given in imperial and metric, the cup measurements are metric, so it helps to have a metric scale/weights. The cake decorations also include a lot of sweets, often of more than one variety. I think sometimes icing can be used to produce the same effect which will prevent having a lot of smarties, jellybeans or whatever left over. But the ideas and designs are terrific and the methods of achieving them can be adapted.