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FANTASTIC CAKES an Australian Women's Weekly cookbook To see other Children's Birthday Cake books click here Used softcover book in good condition published 1998 120 pages. With gorgeous mouthwatering colour photos of every cake and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions with photos. Unfortunately the pattern sheet that originally came with the book is missing but many of the cakes can be created without the pattern sheet. It's my party .... and I really want a Thomas The Tank Engine birthday cake to share with MY friends!. Don't worry - Thomas is here along with Spot and Humphrey and dozens more Fantastic Cakes for making birthday dreams come true. Along with ballerinas and bush creatures extra info

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BAKE Essential Companion by ALISON THOMPSON To see other Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here New large hardcover book published 2011 442 pages. With gorgeous mouthwatering colour photos by Adrian Lander and easy-to-follow instructions Baking is so satisfying; we learn new skills each time we try a new recipe. But best of all baking brings us together both in the kitchen and at the table – I love watching the smiles as people take their first mouthful and eat with joy. - Alison Thompson In Bake: Essential Companion expert baker and pastry chef Alison Thompson shares with you everything she knows about baking. Alison includes all her absolute favourite recipes for breads pastries ca find out more.....

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PARTY ANIMALS Over 60 favourite Birthday Cake designs by The Australian Women's Weekly To see other Children's Birthday Cake books click here New softcover book with over 60 clever easy designs gorgeous full-colour photos and step-by-step instructions with full-sized pattern sheet. Published 2007 120 pages. This fantastic book is full of all-time favourite animal cakes - your child will delight in these charming critters and won't be able to wait until their next birthday to choose one. The cakes are easy to make and require no special skills. Each cake is pictured and many have step-by-step instructions. A full-sized pattern sheet is also included. This bright and colourful collection will information

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COOKING CLASS CAKE DECORATING by The Australian Women's Weekly To see other Baking and Cake Decorating books click here New softcover book published 2008 120 pages. This title was previously published as 'Celebration Cakes'. Making an impressively decorated and cleverly themed cake for a special occasion has been the triumph of generations of home cooks. This new book from the famous Australian Women's Weekly Test Kitchen not only keeps the tradition alive but also brings new products and simplified techniques to the mix. No matter what you need to know - from making chocolate curls with ease to embellishing a multi-tiered wedding cake with decorative piping - Cooking Class Cake Decorating s related info

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DECADENT GLUTEN FREE TREATS With tempting vegan and dairy-free options by TAMARA JANE To see other Gluten Free cookbooks click here New softcover book delicious colour photography throughout by Devin Hart. Published 2013 128 pages measures 21 x 23 cm. A wickedly decadent collection of sweet baking Tamara Jane's latest cookbook offers an irresistible array of cakes and slices. Created especially to cater for people on a restricted diet there are recipes that are free from gluten others that are free from eggs or dairy and some that are suitable for vegans. You will find delicious treats that everyone can enjoy even if they have an intolerance or allergy. Each recipe is annotated gluten dairy details

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COOKING FOR YOUR CAT Healthy Recipes - Seasoned with Affection by SOPHIE KLEIN To see other books about cats and other animals click here New hardcover book with dustjacket 64 pages. Published 2011. Delicious photos of feline treats and gorgeous photos of cats with easy-to-follow instructions. Cooking for Your Cat - and making you and your cat happy. Cats can be very particular about the quality and taste of their food and even the most gentle-natured kitties can be quite choosy when it comes to what they will eat. But there are some delicacies that virtually no pussycat can resist. Cats love fresh home-cooked meals as much as people do! It's simple and cost-effective to prepare food for you click here.....

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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 more advice

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MARTHA STEWART'S COOKIES The very best treats to bake and to share To see other Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here Brand new large softcover book published 2008 352 pages lots of gorgeous mouthwatering colour photos and step-by-step instructions The must-have baker's guide with 175 cookies to make to enjoy and to share. Whether you’re baking for a party or a picnic a formal dinner or a family supper–or if you simply want something on hand for snacking–there is a cookie that’s just right. Martha Stewart’s Cookies has 175 recipes and variations that showcase all kinds of flavors and fancies. Besides perennial pleasers like traditional chocolate chip and oatm considerably more details

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CAKES TO DREAM ON A Masterclass in Decorating by COLETTE PETERS To see other Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here New hardcover book with gorgeous full-colour photos templates and detailed instructions. 260 pages published 2005. Colette Peters the celebrated queen of the confectionary arts unveils an inspiring resource for serious home bakers professional chefs and aficionados of Colette's incredible edible architecture. The ingenious cake decorator - whose miraculous and luscious concoctions have appeared everywhere from White House Christmases to royal weddings - presents a master class in cake design and decoration alongside an all-new selection of her own cake designs. With Cakes to details

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WRECK THE HALLS When Professional Holiday Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong by JEN YATES See other Christmas books click here New hardcover book published 2011 220 pages colour photos throughout. A hilarious new collection of holiday-inspired dessert disasters by Jen Yates award-winning blogger and author of the New York Times bestseller Cake Wrecks From thankless Thanksgiving turkeys and confusing Christmas conundrums to less-than-happy Hanukkah horrors and New Year's meltdowns Wreck the Halls has an icing-smeared disaster for every occasion. With additional chapters on Black Friday family communication and navigating the murky waters of politically correct cake greetings "Winter!" Wreck the Halls more info

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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