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A Book of Inspiration!!
on June 24, 2006
This is what I call a great cake decorating book. It's filled with the most beautiful AND useful photographs. There are photos for every recipe to help you see the end result and to inspire the readers.
This book is devided into 4 main catagories: cookies, cupcakes, minature cakes and large cakes. Before these, there's the basices which includes equipment that are used through out the book. The recipes includes: basice sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, basic sheet cake (for a 12x16", or three 8 in, or about 50 cupcakes....though, I wished she had include for different combinations of the diameter or the size for square cakes), buttercream frosting, sugar syrup and belgian chocolate ganache, all of which have the optinal flavoring of vanilla, lemon, orange and chocolate (except the ginger bread cookies, of course). Then she continues on by describing and showing (in photos) how to fill cakes with buttercream and cover large cakes with marzipan and rolled fondant, assembling large cakes/tiered cakes, covering cake board with fondant, recipe for fondant icing, making basic fondant fancies, recipes for royal icing with photographs of each of the consistency of the royal icing (stiff, soft-peak and runny). The book also covers some basic piping techniques, and royal iced flowers, such as 5 petal flowers, daisies, pansies, and daffodils. The section that I find the MOST useful for me as far as technic goes, is the marzipan/fondant roses----it has photographs for each step of making the roses (see the pictures I posted).
Miss Porschen included 10 different well decorated cookies---alphabet, bollywood heart lollipops (cookies on lollipop sticks),flowers, underwater creatures, easter, birthday, baby, butterfly, catwalk and snowflake. They are all beautifully decorated with royal icing instead of fondant like in some cookie decorating books. This section is definately inspiring for me as sometimes I just don't have any idea how to decorate a cookie just by looking at the metal cookie cutter, if u know what I mean. In the cupcake category, Miss Porschen has 8 different beautiful ideas, follow by 8 miniature cakes and 7 large cakes, all of them are inspiring, romantic, fashionable, elegant, chic, stunning and spectacular. So, I definately DISAGREE with the other reviewer who mention that "more than half of this book was about cookies" (You do the math). I would say that this book is great for anyone who have a heart for decorating cookies and cakes...it might not be a book of techniques, if you want to learn about techniques, I'd suggest you subscribe to the American Cake Decorating magazine, or get all three books of the International School of Sugarcraft, but it's definately worth every penny if you need some decorating ideas.
A word of warning though, all the cakes in the book (except the ruffle rose cupcakes) is covered with marzipan/fondant, or fondant icing and she only used marzipan/fondant roses, no other marzipan/fondant flowers. So, if you're looking for cakes iced with buttercream, I suggest you go for The Whimsical Bakehouse by Kaye Hansen and Liv Hansen. However, I'm sure you can still use the ideas from Miss Porschen with buttercream instead of fondant...just use some imagination and experiments! ;)