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Lovable Character Cakes Hardcover – April, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Merehurst (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853917273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853917271
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,420,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am so fortunate to be able to add this to my collection of cake books.
Nakale Ayovunefe
It is amazing to see what the author has managed to cram into such a small book, yet the reader does not feel shortchanged at the altar of brevity.
I. Darren
Take a look under customer images and I will load a pic of the finished cake.
Okie in Alaska

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Chapman on October 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I'm a novice sugarcrafter, but I really liked this book. The recipes were good (although some of the ingredients are hard to find outside of the UK), the characters are adorable (although I hadn't heard of a few because they're UK characters that haven't made it to North America), and the full-colour pictures are really well done.
Characters included: Fireman Sam, Flower Fairies, Wombles, My Little Pony, Dennis & Gnasher, Kipper, Garfield, Little Miss, Sonic, Brambly Hedge, Bananas in Pyjamas, Super Mario, Wallace and Gromit, Rugrats, Rupert, Babar, Sesame Street, and Barney.
I will give this warning to folks out there: these are not quick cakes. It can take a full day or two to decorate cakes like this, and you do need some sculpting skill (which I happen to have). That's not a fault of the book; that's the nature of detailed sugarcraft. This is an art, not a simple dessert. The cake is incidental.
But if you're willing to put in the time, this book should help you really delight kids and adults alike.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Okie in Alaska on March 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! It has so many ideas and characters. I have three other books of Debbie's and enjoy them all.

This year for my daughter's birthday she requested the My Little Pony cake from the this book. I have done a little cake decorating and was not too intimidated by the directions. It does take time to do these and some modeling skill is needed but she does show you how to do it step by step so it's really not that difficult.

Take a look under customer images and I will load a pic of the finished cake. It doesn't look as good as hers but I am very proud of it and more importantly my daughter loved it!

Just an FYI, measurements are in metric for recipes.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jayne Hayden on March 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book has some great ideas, but some of the cakes shown and described are actually character scenes, the base of which are the actual cakes, and the decorations are almost all sculptures made of fondant or marzipan. (I didn't even know what those were until lately.) Although I did admire Debbie Brown's talent and expertise, the techniques used and suggested were VERY intimidating. What ever happened to old fashioned butter cream frosting and decorator bags? I guess if you're into modeling clay, though, you could get some good ideas from this book.
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By I. Darren on February 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
There cannot be a parent out there who has, at least once, wished they could make their own character cake for a child's birthday or other special occasion. Not everybody is so gifted as to have the "magic fingers" to do this at a blink of an eye. Maybe this book goes towards changing that?
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.
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