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50 Easy Party Cakes Hardcover – Dolby, January 15, 2005
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Out of all her books, this would be the best starting point for beginners.
I've made many of her cakes for the whole family and would highly recommend them all.
Mind you, the cake recipes are good if you like this type of cakes. Madeira cakes are pretty "heavy" and dense, which is great for sculpting etc' but not everybody likes their texture. You could use other sponge cake recipes, as long as the cake is stable enough to carry the weight of the rolled fondant.
This was my first ever decorating book, and I love to browse through it to get ideas and refresh my skills from time to time.
The book is very well structured and the cakes are beautifully presented. The book contains 50 amazing ideas, each provided with clear instructions and illustration. It starts with an introduction followed by information about the equipments, basic recipes and techniques used in the book. There is also a chart of cake quantities (the quantities of ingredients for each cake).
I appreciate the idea of printing a small picture of the finished cake besides each name in the table of contents. That helped me choose or find a cake without having to go through the whole book searching for it. The cakes might look too hard to achieve, but you will find it quite easy following the clear instructions, the templates and the step-by-step photographs. I made the Mini Monsters' cake when my 7 years old niece had a party for her schoolmates, and they all loved it.
The pictures and instructions are really clear and helpful. I especially like the chart at the beginning with the exact measurements of ingredients needed for each cake, so you don't end up baking too much or too little dough. The designs are adorable and suitable from baby shower to young teenagers' birthday. Very little sculpting skills are needed to model these cute caracthers. I really think a child 8 y.o. and older could create them successfully. If you can play with playdough you can make those cake. Of course, it does take longer than making a cake out of a mix box, but it really worth the effort. If you don't care much for rolled fondant, you can always cover you cake with marzipan... my kids like marzipan a lot more than buttercream icing!
This book is a good introduction on sculpted cakes that makes me want to explore this art further. Now I need more books from Debbie Brown!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another book, like Enchanting and Magical Cakes, filled with good ideas and a lack of construction details. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dilys MARAIS
When I ordered this book, I figured it had the same cakes that are shown in other cake decorating books, with very minimal instructions. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Miranda W.