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If you like cakes then this is definitely the book for you! I initially bought this book as I was looking for some ideas for my daughter's birthday cake and I just really saw the front cover and that it had some interesting looking designs on it, including a hedgehog cake and thought that that would be good for a birthday cake.
Once inside there wasn't the sort of children's party cake selection I was looking for but that's not to say this book goes to waste in our house, no quite the opposite, this book contains almost any cake you could wish to make and we've made quite a few now.
What I like about the book is that there are lots of colour pictures so we flick through the book and stop at a cake that looks really nice and then attempt to make it. They don't always turn out like the pictures but its nice to know what they are meant to look like and hey, they still taste nice.
The book is divided into lots of different and helpful chapters so you can scan quite easily and find something nice to make.
For example the different chapters are as follows:
Special Occasion cakes
Cakes for kids
Healthy and special Diet cakes
I've made quite a few recipes from the afternoon tea section as I find these the easiest and quickest to make. For example there are things like Swiss Roll, Angel Cake and my favourite, the Fruit Tea loaf. This loaf is really simple to make and what I like about all the recipes is that they do not really call for weird and wonderful ingredients, its all stuff you can find easily in the shops or ingredients that you already have in your baking cupboard.
Most instructions are really easy to follow and are broken down into different steps. The fruit loaf only has 4 steps to it, including what temperature and time to cook your loaf for so its very simple. I find this is a nice thing as my little girl and I can often do the baking together and its simple for her to help me too.
I was a bit let down by the cakes for kids section. I was hoping it would have lots of cool looking, fun cakes but instead it just has regular cakes such as a chocolate cake that you just add Maltesers to the top of or a Swiss roll that you add jelly beans to the top off, nothing too amazing which is a shame but they are still nice cakes.
All the classics are included in this book such as pineapple upside down cake, meringues, cheesecakes and gateaus so you really should find something to suit every palate.
The book is available at www.mqpublications.com and costs £12.99