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It's been ages since I've made a cake and decorated it and this is something I really used to enjoy and with christmas fast approaching it's time to make the christmas cake and decorate it, not only that but my son has a birthday coming up, so there's two cakes to decorate and so I found this book on Amazon for £4.30 and it has just arrived today in the post.
The book is written by Carol Deacon who has written lots and lots of books on cake decoration, from novelty decorating to sporting decorated cakes. Carol originally trained in graphic design then a friend asked her to decorate a birthday cake and her passion grew from there.
She also began to enter competitions to see how her work compared to others around the country and promptly won a car in a BBC Good Food Magazine cake decorating competition with a saucy seaside cake.
As well as writting books she has also written articles for food magazines and has demonstrated on radio and television.
Her books are interesting, have a lively element to them and they are packed with fresh idea's and colourful designs.
This book Cake Decorating: The Complete Step-By-Step Guide - Carol Deacon is a great book for beginners or for a refresher course on decorating for someone like me who hasn't decorated a cake for a while, it has step by step diagrams to follow and is easy to read and well layed out.
It has 144 pages of recipes and ideas for baking and decorating a cake.
There are buttercream idea's, number cakes, chocolate decorations, icing, and more, it really gives you something to think about and once you begin to decorate a few cakes you then begin to start adding your own designs.
I love the way the book is written in easy to follow guides and the idea's are great.
If you haven't decorated a cake before and would like to this is a good book to begin with.
I'd recommend it to you.
I bought this book from amazon after search for general cake decorating books. It has quickly become one of my most used baking books and i've bought a selection by this author as i've enjoyed using them so much!
Hope you enjoy reading this review and it is helpful!
Carol Deacon has produced a selection of cake books, including children's party cakes, two hour cakes, sporty theme cakes and Christmas decorating cakes. Carol Deacon trained in Graphic Design and came across cake decorating after been asked to make a birthday cake for a friend. She went on to make several cakes and soon began winning cake decorating competitions and went on to release many cake decorating guides as well as appeared on TV and radio!
The book starts with a guide to baking basics and some simple cake recipes. These are both accompanied with colourful photographs and a troubleshooting section if anything does happen to go wrong! I found this section very useful when I first started making birthday cakes, as finding the perfect recipe for that perfect cake is essential! The photographic step by step guides are also very helpful in lining the cake tins.
There is a page dedicated to basic equipment, which of course includes a labelled photograph, so you can identify each tool with the real life item. I think this is a useful page for beginners as it also describes briefly what each item is generally used for in baking.
Each cake page includes a large photograph of the completed cake, step by step instruction, ingredients, step by step written instructions and a box full of 'tips'. I have made the majority of the cakes listed below following the step by step instructions and have found them very simple to follow.
The ingredients list is very specific and directs you to a page in the book if you're making that ingredient from scratch, for example if making butter cream.
Some of the cakes have a stencil printed in the book, for example a baby's face. It is very easy to photocopy and use to create the baby's face in proportion.
Included in this book are the following cakes...
-alphabet and numbers
-silver wedding cake
-chocolate teddy bear (aimed at kids and easily adaptable)
-pretty butterfly on a love heart
-train (this is made not only with cake, but with biscuits and sweets! YUM)
-butter cream flowers
-puppet on a string (again made with biscuits and sweets)
-butter cream summer flowers
-baby face (includes a stencil in the book)
-bouquet of hyacinths
-spring blossom (includes a stencil in book)
-butter cream beauty (angel)
'who's looking at you? (Pretty box with cheeky eyes peeking out)
-fearsome dragon (my personal favourite)
-scary Halloween cake
-hearts and ribbons
-wedding star shape cake
-piped flowers circling a cake
-marzipan chocolate box
-monster size cupcake
-chocolate extravaganza box
-white chocolate ring
-choc n nut
Alot fo the cakes are easy to alter to suit who you are baking it for, for example colours, facial expression and sizes. They are very adaptable for kids and grown ups!
In between the cake pages, there are some technique style pages, for example how to melt chocolate and make chocolate shapes, before it shows you the chocolate cakes. These are very useful although a little hidden, so well worth a read before starting a cake!
At the end of the book, there is a large list of suppliers, personally I've never used this section and doubt I ever will: P
Carol Deacon also has a website where you can see her other books and some recipes!
My overall opinion:
I love this book! I found it is useful for beginners, with the easy to follow step by step photo guides. My favourite thing about this book is the amount of photographs!! It makes choosing a cake easier and also gives you a reference of how your cake should look at the end! This is a book I use regularly as it's so easy to pick up and start any type of cake! I would definitely recommend Carol Deacons cake decorating books as they are all full of easy to follow guides with plenty of colourful photographs!
I Hope you enjoyed reading this review and it was helpful!