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but if not, they may make all the difference to the success of your cake.


The book is separated into five simple sections:


‘The Basics’ - This section covers five basic cake recipes, a selection of frostings and fillings and descriptions of all the decorating techniques that most of the following recipes are built upon.


The sections that follow ‘The Basics’ are based around cakes for occasions. Each section includes a good variety of cakes, but generally “For Birthdays” includes indulgent, effective cakes that aren’t too fussy.


“For Kids” is quirky, colourful and full of sweets and sprinkles.


In “For Someone Special” there are cakes for adults which are finely decorated and indulge in creative flavour combinations. My favourites are lemon and raspberry and orange


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blossom and almond.


The final section is “Holidays” which has a variety of fruit cake, spiced cake and star and holly shaped decorations. I absolutely adore the classic Buche de Noel, decorated with cute meringue mushrooms.


Nearly all the cakes introduce a new method of decoration, even if it is just a small detail, to encourage you to experiment with new techniques.


Personally, I’m not a great cake- maker, having only ever decorated cupcakes, so this book really inspired me. If you are a chip off the Jane Asher block, this book may not offer any surprises, but if you are stuck on cupcakes, Make, bake & celebrate offers a solid foundation in a variety of baking and decoration techniques.


Those fancy cakes you once saw in programmes like The Great British Bake-Off may soon be appearing in your own kitchen!


ISBN-10: 1849752214 ISBN-13: 978-1849752213


Images courtesy of Ryland, Peters & Small Publishing.


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