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Moulded Flowers & Fruits for Cake Decorators

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THE HUMMINGBIRD BAKERY CAKE DAYS by TAREK MALOUF and the Hummingbird Bakers To see other Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here New hardcover book with over 100 delicious recipes and full-colour photography by Kate Whitaker. 256 pages published 2011 whoopie pies ~ cupcakes ~ muffins ~ pies ~ brownies ~ cakes ~ cookies ~ cheesecakes The Hummingbird Bakery has brought their mouth-watering yet easy-to-make cupcakes to kitchens everywhere and this time they show readers how to bake delicious cakes and other sweet delights for those days of the year that are just meant for indulgence - such as birthdays Easter Valentine′s and Christmas - as well as those times when you just deserve a litt click

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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 here

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AFTERNOON TEA An Australian Women's Weekly Cookbook See more Baking books click here Used softcover book published 2010 128 pages lots of beautiful colour photos. This book has also been published as a hardcover book High Tea. The recipes in both books are almost identical just slightly fewer recipes in this version. The ultimate Afternoon Tea cookbook Teatime will never be the same again. Afternoon Tea is every girl’s dream book as delightful to look at as it is to cook from. Afternoon tea is the ultimate in femininity - containing all the delights of the tea table. Finger sandwiches scones pastries little cakes big cakes biscuits and slices are all here as well as information on how click

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SWEET TREATS to make decorate and give by LAURA TABOR To see other Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here New hardcover book 128 pages published 2011. Fantastic colour photos and step-by-step instructions. Over 35 step-by-step recipes for making and decorating cakes cookies and candies Jewelry-inspired confectionery what could be sweeter? With more than 35 recipes that not only look a million dollars but taste incredible Sweet treats offers a delectable collection of tasty trinkets iced gems and delicious fancies. With recipes inspired by classic jewelry pieces the cameo chocolates oyster pearl cookies bakelite-style candy bangles and fondant pocket watch cookies make great gifts and treat details

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DECORATED COOKIES by LISA SLATTER To see Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here New small softcover book with gorgeous full-colour photos and step-by-step instructions. 48 pages published 2010. Sugarcraft expert Lisa Slatter has created twenty different designs for decorating cookies suitable for all kinds of occasions including celebrations birthdays anniversaries Christmas Halloween and Valentine's Day. There are instructions for making the cookies themselves (though ready-made cookies can also be used) and notes on the equipment needed and each project is accompanied by clear step-by-step instructions and complete materials and tools lists. It is a source of ideas and inspiration for an link here

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BAKING DAY An Australian Women's Weekly Cookbook See more Baking books click here New hardcover book published 2012 288 pages lots of delicious colour photos and great retro kitchen craft ideas. This book is a delicious mixture of nostalgic and modern recipes for cakes biscuits bread and buns. Recreate simpler times with these evocative retro baking recipes and vintage kitchen craft ideas. Whether you grew up on these classics or are discovering them for the first time Baking Day is as charming to look at as it is to cook from. Baking Day is an endearing collection of retro baking recipes and vintage craft ideas. This charming book captures the essence of an era when an entire day was devote extra info

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KIDS' CAKES FROM THE WHIMSICAL BAKEHOUSE by LIV HANSEN and KAYE HANSEN To see other Children's Birthday Cake books click here New hardcover book with superb full-colour photos over 50 recipes and step-by-step instructions. 176 pages published 2010 From the mother-daughter baking and decorating team behind the beloved Whimsical Bakehouse books this trove of recipes and ideas will help you conjure up a colorful world of pixie dust or pirate’s treasure for your kids. Chocolate fairies dance atop a woodland cake surrounded by magic wands and tea party cupcakes; extraterrestrial cupcakes orbit a 3-D rocket cake; a spooky mummy mask cake watches over pudding-filled chocolate cauldrons. Rangi click here.....

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GLUTEN-FREE and ALLERGY-FREE EATING by The Australian Women's Weekly To see more Women's Weekly Cookbooks click here New softcover book delicious colour photos. Published 2009 120 pages. Gluten-free wheat-free yeast-free dairy-free egg-free nut-free recipes When you're intolerant to gluten or dairy or any other food group cooking can be difficult and meal times are often boring. Kids' parties are a nightmare and cakes are out of the question. The Gluten-Free Cookbook changes all that. It's full of truly delicious recipes that you never thought you could eat including cakes and desserts. The book is endorsed by The Coeliac Society of Australia. Includes chapters on: Food for thought - excelle related info

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THE HUMMINGBIRD BAKERY COOKBOOK by TAREK MALOUF To see other Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here New hardcover book with dustjacket with 90 delicious full-colour photography by Peter Cassidy. 144 pages published 2009 cupcakes ~ muffins ~ pies ~ brownies ~ cakes ~ cookies ~ cheesecakes The Hummingbird Bakery is the destination bakery for Londoners with a passion for great cakes. In this irresistible book the chefs from the bakery share their recipes for a delicious range of 60 bakes from deliciously light cupcakes with pretty buttercream frosting to moist chocolate layer cakes and zesty lemon meringue pie. Hummingbird recipes not only taste great but also look spectacular - without resor considerably more details

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200 CUPCAKES by JOANNA FARROW To see other Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here New small softcover book published 2010 240 pages lots of gorgeous colour photos and easy to follow step-by-step instructions Cupcakes are a delectably indulgent treat - and so quick and easy to make! From colourful cakes to keep the kids entertained to sophisticated recipes for special occasions the Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook: 200 Cupcakes has something for everyone and includes cupcake toppings and decorations. Why not treat yourself to some gorgeous mocha cupcakes or delight a friend on their birthday with some maple pecan and white chocolate muffins? Each recipe is accompanied by easy-to-follow instructio more.....

MOULDED FLOWERS AND FRUITS

FLOWERS, leaves, fruits and vegetables can be moulded from fondant or modelling paste.
Almond paste can also be used, but the texture isn't as fine as fondant or modelling paste and it doesn't take the colour as well.
You can knead the colouring into the fondant or paste drop by drop, or you can paint the colours with a fine brush when quite dry.
Very dark colours, such as a deep red on roses, must he painted on when the flowers are dry.
Fruits, also, should be given their colourings when they're dry. Use a piece of clove for the stalks of the fruit.
After painting bananas yellow, leave until dry and give them a few, brown strokes.
To get the rough-skinned look on oranges and lemons, roll them into shape on a grater.
If you make apricots and plums, mark the indentation with the edge of a teaspoon.
And to give plums their "bloom", brush over with icing sugar when they're dry.
Keep your fingers dusted with icing sugar or cornflour when moulding the fondant or paste.

JONQUILS
Mould tiny pieces into six petals for each flower, pinch to a point at the tip.
Arrange the petals and press centres together with the end of a wooden skewer.
Colour tiny pieces of the paste a deeper yellow (or paint when flowers are finished) and form a cup for each.
Brush back of each cup lightly with water and gently press on to the flower centre. Allow to dry and then brush the edge of each cup with orange colouring.'

ARUM LILIES
Take out some of the paste for the stamens. Knead in yellow colouring and then form into thin rolls.
Roll out remaining paste thinly on a board lightly dust­ed with icing sugar or corn­flour. Cut into circles the size you want the lilies to be.
Place a yellow stamen on a round and roll into a lily shape. Press bottom of lily to anchor stamen and trim off any excess paste with scissors. Gently pull the top of the petal to give a slight turn back point.

GERANIUMS
Take pieces of paste and mould into five round, flat petals for each flower.
Pinch each one at the base and join into a flower shape by pressing the bases of all with your fingers.
Cut off any surplus paste from the back with a pair of sharp scissors. Place each flower on a board and open up the petals with the end of a skewer. Pipe a spot of royal icing in the centre of each.

SWEET PEA
First mould the large flat petal, giving it a slightly fluted edge. Make a smaller petal the same shape. Dab a little water on the back and press gently over the large petal.
For the centre of each, roll out pieces of the paste thinly, fold in halves lightly and moisten back with a little water. Press in centre and leave until dry. Use green royal icing for the calyx of each flower.

FRANGIPANNI
Take small pieces of paste and shape five petals for each flower, hollowing them slightly in the centre and curling the edges back.
Put together, overlapping each petal. Pinch bases together and cut off excess paste with sharp scissors.
When dry, paint the centre of each flower yellow.

ROSES
Make the centres first. Take small pieces of fondant and press out as thinly as possible into crescent shapes.
Roll each, keeping the cen­tre of the roll lower than the outside. Now press out two pieces of paste thinly and shape into petals. Place one on either side of the centre.
Mould five more petals and overlap around the last two. Remember to press the paste out thinly and always make the outside petals of the rose the largest.

ANEMONES
Take a small piece of fondant and roll it in the palms of your hands until smooth. Now shape into a curved petal.
Make another four (each flower has five petals). When dry, tint each petal, leaving the base white.
Join petals together, one overlapping the other, and fix with a little royal icing. Pipe a cluster of dots in the centre and paint them black.

DAISIES
Roll out pieces of fondant into strips 3/4in wide and 2 1/2in long. Cut each into 1/4in wide petals.
Shape small pieces of fon­dant into balls and paint yellow. Roll each petal strip around a yellow centre and arrange the petals to form a flower.
Flatten out centre and then pipe a few tiny dots on top. Tint them golden-yellow.

LEAVES
Roll out fondant and cut into leaf shapes. The long type of leaf shown in the picture has been shaped on one side into a raised curve to give a natural effect.
If you want to mark veins in a leaf, use a sharp knife.

 

Net Motifs for Cakes

Net and design should be fixed around a bottle ready for piping.
THESE motifs make attractive decorations for tops, sides or corners of cakes.
Use silk dress net for these motifs, or you can use cotton net, but it should first be stiffened with egg-white.
You can get a good shape for a corner design by stretching the net around a bottle.
First choose your design and trace it on to waxed paper or greaseproof paper. If using greaseproof paper, trace the design on it and then grease lightly with melted white vege­table shortening.
Grease the bottle lightly with melted white vegetable shortening and place the design on the bottle, smoothing out any creases. ( Design should be around exactly half the bottle).
Leave until firm and then stretch the net firmly over it. Secure with transparent ad­hesive tape.
Pipe over the design with a No. 0 or No. 1 writer. Build up the long lines three times and shorter lines twice. The open part of the design can be filled in with dots or lattice or left as it is.
When quite dry, trim off ad­hesive tape with a razor blade, warm the bottle for a second and lift off the net.
Carefully trim the edges with sharp scissors and pipe once over the reverse side of the design. Let that dry and fix to the cake corners with a little royal icing.
Triangular, oval, leaf, shield and heart shapes all make ef­fective corner decorations if you can't find a design to suit.
Outline the shape you've chosen and place on a board. Pin the net firmly over it with drawing pins and pipe the outline, building up two or three times. Fill in with dots.
If you'd like it filled in with lattice, pipe this first and then do the outline. Very carefully place over a rolling pin to dry.

Lattice and Medallions
Lattice designs can be piped over the backs of greased patty tins or tablespoons.
Raised lattice, done with the fine writing pipes, makes an attractive decoration for the top and sides of a cake.
You can have various shapes by piping the lattice over table­spoons, or round or oval patty tins, or over special icing nails.
Lightly grease the spoon or tin with melted white vege­table shortening, put aside to
set.
Pipe evenly spaced lines over the surface and leave until dry. Now pipe more lines to make the lattice. While still soft, trim off any long ends.
Finish with a piped decorative edging and leave at least 24 hours to dry thoroughly.
During the piping, if a line of icing breaks, remove and
pipe a new line, otherwise the weak spot will break when medallion is removed from tin.
When the icing is quite firm, remove the medallion by warming the underside of the tin or spoon very slightly.
This gentle heat melts the shortening and the medallion comes off easily. Attach to cake with a little royal icing.
If medallions are to decorate sides of cake, fix with royal icing but support with pins until the icing has stuck them to the cake.

Festoons
These are two or more threads of icing hanging under each other around the sides of a cake.
To begin, take a writing pipe and touch the cake. Lift away but continue pressing the bag so that a thread of icing will hang freely.
When thread has dropped to the required length, bring pipe up to form a loop and touch side of the cake to
anchor.
Build up these festoons three or four times, letting each layer dry before piping the next.

Always finish the joins of the festoons with a decoration of some sort-a dot, a small star, silver cachou or a small rose.

 

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