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CHEAT'S CAKES by THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY To see other Children's Birthday Cake books click here New softcover book with gorgeous full-colour photos and step-by-step instructions. 120 pages published 2014. So it's your child's birthday and you're wondering when you're going to find time to bake a cake let alone what design to make. Well this book's got all the stress-free ideas you need for a birthday cake that your child will love. It's packed with imaginative designs from the talented Women's Weekly Test Kitchen staff that turn basic store-bought cakes and baked goods into delicious works of art. Everyone can create these cakes at home - most of the decirations are available from the additional info.....

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GORGEOUS CAKES by ANNIE BELL See other Cupcake and Baking books click here New softcover book. 192 pages published 2011 Gorgeous cakes are not the sole preserve of professional chefs. In this book you will find over 100 ideas for beautiful cakes all of them easy to make at home without the need for fancy equipment or specialist skills. The choice includes cakes-as-fashion statements comforting favourites and essential classics including the most wickedly indulgent chocolate cakes and sublimely creamy cheesecakes. Gorgeous Cakes also offers mouth-watering recipes for those special occasions from Easter to St Valentine’s Day. The only decision now is choosing which one to make first! Cha link here

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BEST EVER BAKING RECIPES Over 200 of David's favourite and most sought-after recipes by DAVID HERBERT See other Baking books click here New hardcover book 344 pages published 2012 Over the years I have learnt to worry less and to bake more . . . For me baking is something that comes from the heart. It connects you with family and friends as well as traditions - whether handed down learned or new. Baking is David Herbert's passion. So when he decided to write a book about baking he wanted to communicate some of the knowledge he has accumulated along the way and to share treasured recipes. The result is an easy-to-use collection of delicious and reliable recipes that will both inspire novices click here

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FRESH AND TASTY CUPCAKES An R R Publication To see other Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here New large format softcover book with gorgeous full-colour photos. 80 pages published 2007 In this book we will guide you through some basic and some more exotic cupcake recipe topping and decorating suggestions. All of the recipes have been created so that they are achievable by the novice and offer a range of ideas and flavour combinations to broaden the scope of the more experienced baker. Surprise those around you with sweet treats in the lunch bok or for an elegant afternoon gathering! Contents include Vanilla Cupcakes Chocolate Cupcakes Fruit Cupcakes Novelties and Nuts Extensive Glossary W find out more.....

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The BIG BOOK of BEAUTIFUL BISCUITS An Australian Women's Weekly cookbook To see other Baking books click here New softcover book first published 1982 this Collector's Vintage Edition published 2013 128 pages. With colour photos of every recipe and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. Here are biscuits for all occasions - morning or afternoon tea school lunches children's parties special biscuits and some mouth-watering confections to serve with coffee. . There are 120 delicious temptations to try - dip in and see if you can resist. The recipes are arranged by ingredient and include: Almond Apricot Bran Cheese Cherry Children's party biscuits Chocolate Coconut Coffee Corn flakes Ginger H more info

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FAVOURITE CHARACTER CAKES by DEBBIE BROWN To see other Children's Birthday Cake books click here Used hardcover book in excellent 'as new' condition superb full-colour photos templates and step-by-step instructions. 96 pages published 1997 Featuring Thomas the Tank Engine Spot the dog Paddington Bear Noddy and many more! Best-selling sugarcraft author Debbie Brown brings to life many popular characters. With her breath-taking modelling skills and in-depth research she captures the essence of each character brilliantly from Betty Boopto Where's Wally. Favourite Character Cakes provides a full colour photograph of each finished cake step-by-step colour photographs and clear instructions to gua click

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1000 IDEAS for DECORATING CUPCAKES COOKIES CAKES by SANDRA SALAMONY GINA M BROWN To see other Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here New small softcover book with gorgeous full-colour photos. 320 pages published 2010. .1000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes Cookies and Cakes is a sugar-coated feast for the eyes and the imagination. This exciting collection presents glorious full-colour photographs of beautiful outrageous and deliciously decorated desserts of all kinds. You'll also find basic recipes for frosting ganache royal icing fondant gumpaste and marzipan. From extravagant wedding and birthday cakes to cupcakes and cookies that are miniature works of art these delightful delectables will much more info

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HIGH TEA at the VICTORIA ROOM by Jill Jones-Evans and Joe Gambacorta See more Baking books click here New hardcover book published 2010 160 pages lots of beautiful colour photos. The ultimate Afternoon Tea cookbook From it-girl gatherings and generational get-togethers to hens' days and birthdays ladies of all ages (and many a fine gentleman too) can enjoy the company of dear friends in this wonderful revival of a great tradition - the High Tea. Sit down at The Victoria Room and enjoy High Tea in the finest style. From cupcakes sandwiches and cakes to pastries cheese flans and tarts High Tea at the Victoria Room is a delicious taste of elegance and relaxation. Jill Jones-Evans and Joe Cambac click here.....

Royal icing should be stiff enough to hold its shape on the spoon.


PLASTIC ICING
1 egg-white, 1 heaped tblspn liquid glucose, 1 dstspn glycerine, juice of I lemon, flavouring, colour­ing, approx. 1/-21b sifted pure icing sugar.
Dissolve glucose over hot water, gradually add 'icing sugar to egg-white, beating in well after each addition until mixture begins to stiffen. Add lemon juice, beat and then add more icing sugar.
Beat again, then add glycer­ine and dissolved glucose. Beat well, continue adding more icing sugar until mixture stiff­ens. Add flavouring and the colouring, making the colour just slightly deeper than re­quired when finished.
Put remainder of icing sugar on a tray or slab, make a bay in the centre and add the icing. Gradually work icing sugar in until mixture is stiff enough to roll out.
To test, press your fingers well into the centre. If they come out sticky, continue to add more icing sugar until mixture loses all signs of sticki­ness.
Pat out and then roll out to 2in less than the size required. Brush the coating of almond paste with egg-white, place the icing over a rolling-pin and lift on to cake.
Using the rolling-pin, work icing down to the base all around and then work out any cracks. Smooth the surface with hands dusted with icing sugar. If a glossy surface is required, rub over with hands dusted with cornflour.
Trim uneven pieces of icing from base of cake and then lift cake on to prepared board. Leave until dry before decor­ating.
This quantity will cover top and sides of an 8in square or round cake.

FONDANT
1-1 1/2 1b pure icing sugar, 1 egg-white, 2oz liquid glu­cose, tspn lemon juice, flavouring, colouring.
Sift icing sugar into a basin. Beat egg-whites only until broken up. Add to icing sugar, together with lemon juice, glucose melted over hot water,
flavouring. Work in icing sugar gradually until mixed in. Add colouring and knead in. Turn on to a marble slab or on to a board dusted with icing sugar and knead until smooth. Enough for top and sides of an 8in round or square cake.

ROYAL ICING
1 egg-white, approx. 8oz pure icing sugar, 1 tspn liquid glucose, 2 drops acetic acid or a squeeze of lemon juice, colouring.
Sift icing sugar through a very fine sieve, beat egg-white until fluffy. Gradually add the icing sugar to the egg-white, beating well after each addi­tion, until it begins to stiffen. (Royal icing is stiffened by beating and not by quick addi­tion of the sugar).
Dissolve glucose over hot water and beat in well. Add acetic acid or lemon juice, beat well. Continue beating in more icing sugar until mixture will point or hold its shape on the spoon when spoon is with­drawn from mixture.
(If using an electric mixer, have it on the lowest speed).
Cover basin with a damp cloth while using. To store. put into a screw-top jar with a piece of damp paper under the lid. In warm weather keep jar in refrigerator. When neededtransfer to a basin and beat well before using.

Note: Where a recipe says pure icing sugar, be sure you use that and not an icing mixture which contains a percent­age of cornflour intended to keep it soft. This is a particularly important point to re­member when you're making royal icing. It won't keep its shape when piped if the mix­ture is used. This is the test if you're in doubt:
Put a teaspoonful in a glass of cold water and stir well. If the water remains clear on top the sugar is pure but if it turns cloudy it's an icing mixture.


ALMOND PASTE
llb icing sugar, 4oz ground almonds or marzi­pan meal, juice of lemon, 1 egg-yolk, 2 tblspns sherry, little almond essence if liked.
Sift icing sugar, combine with ground almonds or marzi­pan meal. Mix together lemon juice, sherry and egg-yolk. Mix into icing sugar nearly all at once to form a paste which can be rolled out. If mixture is too dry, add a little more sherry as it's a preservative.
Divide the paste thus: Into 4 sections for a square cake-1 for the top, 3 for the sides (there should be only 3 joins); 3 sections for a round cake-1 for the top, 2 for the sides.
Be sure surface of cake is smooth. If cake has risen in the centre, level it off with a knife and brush off any surplus crumbs. Fill any small cracks with the paste.
If top is too rough, level it off, turn cake upside down and use the flat surface of the bottom as the top.
Roll each side piece to the length and width required. Brush over with egg-white or warm apricot glaze and place around cake.
Roll top piece to size and shape required. Brush cake with egg-white or warm apricot glaze, put paste over a rolling-
pin and place on top of cake.
With hands dusted with icing sugar, smooth the surface and rub out any cracks and joins. Cut off surplus paste from base of cake.
This quantity of paste will cover the top and sides of a round or square 8in cake. Cover the cake with the paste at least one week before putting on the final covering.
For the glaze, put 1/2 lb smooth apricot jam into a pan with 1 1/2 tblspns cold water. Stir over low heat about 5 minutes. Press through a sieve and bring to the boil again.


SEVEN-MINUTE FROSTING
3/4 cup sugar, 1 tblspn water, 1 egg-white, 1 tspn lemon juice. 1 tspn vanilla essence, colouring if needed.
Put sugar, water and egg-white into a basin and beat over boiling water until mix­ture holds its shape on the beater when beater is removed from basin—about 7 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, essence and colouring and quickly spread over cake.


VIENNA ICING
4oz butter, 7 - 8oz sifted icing sugar, 2 tblspns sherry or fruit juice.
Beat butter until softened, gradually beat in the sifted icing sugar, adding sherry or fruit juice to make mixture of spreading consistency.
Chocolate Vienna Icing: Put 2oz dark chocolate, 1 dstspn cocoa and 2 tblspns sherry or water into a saucepan and heat gently until chocolate has melt­ed. Cool. Soften 4oz butter or margarine, gradually beat in 8oz sifted icing sugar. When creamy, gradually stir in the chocolate mixture.


COLOUR BLENDING
VEGETABLE colourings are used for tinting the icings. Always add spar­ingly from the tip of a metal skewer—never pour direct from the bottle.
• By experimenting in colour-blending you can get lots of pretty shades. For example:
Yellow with a drop of cara­mel gives cream.
Yellow and rose pink make peach and apricot shades.
Greens are improved by the addition of a few drops of yellow.
Violet, lavender and purple shades are made by blending rose pink with blue in varying proportions.
Dark colours such as deep red must be painted on when the icing is dry.


GLACE ICING
5oz-6oz sifted icing sugar, 1 tspn butter, little fruit juice or milk, colouring.
Prepare the cake by pinning a double band of greaseproof paper around it, extending about kin above rim of cake. Put icing sugar, butter and fruit juice into a saucepan, add just sufficient cold water to mix to a stiff paste. Add any colouring. Cook over low heat; stirring constantly, until mixture will pour readily from a spoon. Quickly pour over cake and spread with the back of a spoon.


MODELLING PASTE
3/4lb sifted icing sugar, 1 tspn white vegetable shorten­ing, 1 tspn gelatin, 1 1/2  tblspns water.
Combine shortening, gelatin and water in a small saucepan. Stir over gentle heat until shortening and gelatin have dissolved. Put aside to cool. Put ilb of the icing sugar into a basin. Make a well in the centre, add the cooled mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon until all the dry icing sugar has been mixed in.
Turn on to a board and knead in enough of the re­maining icing sugar to make a good consistency for moulding. Any colouring can be kneaded in or painted on when the modelling is completed. Keep the paste in a screw-top jar or covered basin.

 

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