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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 additional info.....

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NO TIME PARTY CAKES by CAROL DEACON To see other Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here New softcover book published 2009 112 pages gorgeous colour photos and step-by-step instructions throughout. Simple to make - Fun to Decorate Carol Deacon's fantastic cakes are easy to make and even easier to enjoy. All the projects in this fun and colourful collection can be made in less than two hours making them perfect for both experienced cake decorators with limited time and newcomers alike. Many of the designs such as the fairy castle and wild animals are child-friendly and children will have great fun helping to make and decorate them. Chatty instructions and carefully detailed methods allow any click the link

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SUGAR ANIMALS by FRANCES McNAUGHTON To see other Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here New small softcover book with gorgeous full-colour photos and step-by-step instructions. 48 pages published 2009 Frances McNaughton shows how to make cute and funny sugar animals for cake decorating using sugarpaste and a few simple tools and techniques. First we learn about the simple shapes that are the basis for all the animals and the few basic tools that are needed. Then it is staight on to making elephants monkeys pandas lizards dolphins kangaroos and much more. The constituent parts of the animals are shown with the step by step instructions and annotated for clarity then each finished animal is more advice

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BAKING BIBLE The only baking book you'll ever need. by Penguin Books To see other Cookbooks click here Brand new softcover book delicious colour photos. Published 2008 700 pages weighs 2.1kg! Simple recipes for delicious cakes and puddings muffins biscuits and slices. There's a special joy that comes from creating home-baked treats. And there's nothing quite so satisfying as sharing them fresh from the oven with your friends and loved ones. Baking Bible brings together recipes from the much loved Muffin Bible Cake Bible and Biscuit Slice Bible. Boasting over 500 recipes for cakes puddings biscuits tarts pies slices and muffins this book makes an outstanding resource for any kitchen. Whether more details.....

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MACARONS Chic delicious French treats by ANNIE RIGG To see other cookbooks by Annie Rigg click here New small hardcover book with superb full-colour photos recipes and step-by-step instructions. 64 pages published 2011 Create your own Parisian idyll with these foolproof recipes for French macarons Macarons are the new cupcakes! Stylish picture-perfect and delicious macarons are the ultimate in pretty sweet treats. Adaptable to any colour scheme or flavouring these delicate little fancies make the perfect gift or centrepiece for a smart afternoon tea. This gorgeous new book by baking queen Annie Rigg gives you step-by-step instructions on how to master the basic macaron recipe so that you alw click on

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50 EASY PARTY CAKES by DEBBIE BROWN To see other Children's Birthday Cake books click here New softcover book with gorgeous full-colour photos and step-by-step instructions. 112 pages published 2006 If you're planning a party and pressed for time look no further! This collection of striking yet simple cake designs is guaranteed to provide the solution. These eye-catching cakes are surprisingly easy to make. 50 Easy Party Cakes is filled with quick and easy cake designs. Written for people short of time or beginners to cake decoration in mind although experienced cake decorators will appreciate good designs that are quick to make. With a cake design to suit the wishes of any child from animal come here

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500 PIES AND TARTS the only pie and tart compendium you'll ever need! by REBECCA BAUGNIET See other Baking books click here Brand new softcover book 288 pages including very comprehensive index and over 200 colour photos. 500 Pies and Tarts is a comprehensive compendium that will inspire even the most reluctant cook to embrace their inner baker. If you have always wanted to bake a pie but don t know where to start our detailed recipes will guide you with precision and take the guesswork out of pastry making while providing useful tips that ensure success each time. The recipes offer a wealth of inspiration Includes many simple-to-make pies and tarts and numerous time-saving variations from b click here

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SUPPER at the VICTORIA ROOM by Jill Jones-Evans and Joe Gambacorta See more Baking books click here New hardcover book published 2012 175 pages lots of beautiful colour photos. The ultimate Supper cookbook Classically enjoyed as a chic shared sytle of dining late at night supper also lends itself to simple entertaining at its best whether it be a light meal at home a laidback evening with friends a summer afternoon picnic or a poolside party with a refreshing drink. In this practical guide to effortlessly cool entertaining at home Supper at The Victoria Room features over fifty of the popular cocktail bar restaurant's favourite supper recipes from Balsamic and Red Onion Tarts Spicy Chicken S information

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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