Product Type: De Agostini magazines & newspapers
Newest Review: ... recipes, baking tips, step-by-step instructions on how to use special baking equipment, how to choose the right baking equipment and dec... more
Cake Decorating Magazine - Excellent value for money!
Cake Decorating Magazine
Member Name: geodougal
Cake Decorating Magazine
Advantages: Easy to read, clear instructions, brilliant value, good quality tools!
Disadvantages: Not very male-friendly.
I'm not the type of person that buys these series magazines that cost a bomb and go on for years because I tend to look at them once and never get them out again, so in my view it's a waste of money. However, I love baking and cake decorating and I'm always looking for handy tools, ways to improve and new exciting recipes to try which is exactly what this magazine provides you with! It is a weekly magazine and there are 90 issues to collect! (See what I mean about them going on for years!)
~ Price & availability ~
Cake decorating is available in most supermarkets; however I have struggled to get hold of the latest issues as some supermarkets stock the older ones and wait until they've sold before restocking with the newer ones. They are sold at £2.99, which compared to other similar magazines available this is very reasonable considering what you get with the magazine as well.
~ What do you get? ~
Cake decorating is a full-colour magazine with on average 22 pages filled with recipes, baking tips, step-by-step instructions on how to use special baking equipment, how to choose the right baking equipment and decorating tutorials and ideas. Each issue comes with some sort of very high quality gift, such as silicone bake wear, metal cookie cutters, embossers, textured rolling pins, icing nozzles and bags, edge crimpers and handy icing tools. Sometimes you even get two or three gifts for the same price! Considering what you pay for good quality bake wear such as metal nozzles and cutters this magazine is exceptional value as they are all included in the price with the magazine.
~ Front, Back & Inside ~
The magazine is beautifully presented with excellent photography and graphic designs. The front of the magazine clearly displays the name of the magazine in white swirly writing within a pink oval. Underneath this there is always a large photo of the main feature of the magazine, for example the magazine I'm looking at now has a photo of some gorgeous blossom decorated cupcakes and underneath it says, learn how to pipe perfect swirls using your wide round nozzle (the gift that came with that issue) and top them with beautiful blossom flowers. Down the side of the magazine there a series of smaller images giving you an idea what else is inside the issue. The back of the magazine tells you what's inside the magazine including master classes and recipes along with the main feature of next weeks issue along with what gift you get. The colour scheme is mainly pale, pastel colours throughout.
Inside the magazine you will find a contents to make it easy to find a certain page. Throughout the magazine you will come across clear, easy to understand and read instructions for decorating your baked goods paired with excellent photography. In each issue there is at least one classic recipe, for example chocolate cake or scones with variations. Each recipe gives you a full ingredients list including amounts and specific types of ingredients you may need. You are given key skills to learn and given the best possible steps to ensure you get the best possible results. In each issue you are always given recommendations on good-quality bake wear to use to give you the best of your baking and perfect presentation tips. As well as actual baked goods recipes you are also given icing modelling tips and cake covering recipes, such as royal icing and butter cream.
~ Overall opinion ~
This magazine is brilliant! It's so clear and easy to follow and has stunning images included to help you. I have learnt a lot from this magazine and I will continue to buy it. I would recommend this magazine to anybody who enjoys baking and cake decorating or wants to learn how. It caters for all abilities and ages. The only thing I can pick out that's bad about this magazine is it's headed towards females rather than males and I don't see why males shouldn't want to try cake decorating either. It doesn't look very inviting to men with its pastel colours and very florally recipes and feminine tools such as hearts and flowers, there should at least be some recipes inside that cater for men (like a football cake or something) because some of us bake for our husbands and sons you know!
Summary: This is the mag I turn to when I need some creative baking inspiration!