Cake Magic: 30 Spectacular Cakes to Make, Ice and Decorate
Virginia Welsh & Alison French
How often have you longed to make a stunning cake for a special party and never dared for want of time or know-how? Here, at last, is a book brimming with inspiring ideas aimed at the busy cook with little or no experience of icing.
"Cake Magic" has fabulous ideas for cakes which are easy to make, look wonderful, and will impress adults and delight children. They range from cakes which are very simple, like a Space Station or a Treasure Island, to cakes using children's favourite themes, or even characters: ballet shoes, a football pitch, Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk. These are cakes for special occasions: a Christmas stocking, a Hallowe'en coffin, and the Queen of Hearts for Valentine's day. And there are cakes for adults too: a backgammon board, a cottage garden and a top hate and gloves.
Written by people who are busy mothers themselves, and so particularly aware of the problems, the book leaves little to chance. Every stage is clearly explained; there are step-by-step drawings showing how each cake is constructed, as well as scaled templates, so that as little as possible is left to be done free-hand. The cakes require only the simplest of equipment: basically three shapes of tin and six types of icing tube are used throughout the book. And while recipes are given for three types of icing, a majority of the cakes are decorated with butter icing as it is the easiest to handle.
Every cake is illustrated in full colour, and many carry alternative suggestions so that you can personalize the cakes, or make them simpler or more complicated.
Armed with this superbly practical yet highly attractive book, you will be able to produce exquisite cakes to the envy and admiration of everyone.