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EASY CUPCAKES BY COLOUR by The Australian Womens Weekly To see other Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here New large-format softcover book. 120 pages published 2009 gorgeous mouthwatering colour photos and step-by-step instructions. Pink white yellow blue green or chocolate - choose the colour that suits your taste your theme or your china - and then charm and delight your friends with these divine little cakes. They are quirky and witty and incredibly simple. Make them for a party or arrange them in tiers for a stunning wedding cake. Over 100 cupcake designs for you to decorate in simple and pretty ways using easy-to-buy sweets lollies and decorations. . Includes cupcakes for every occas more.....

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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 additional info.....

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CUPCAKES from London's Primrose Bakery by Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas To see other Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here New hardcover book published 2009 144 pages lots of gorgeous mouthwatering colour photos and step-by-step instructions How to make simple stylish little cakes that bring joy to children and adults alike. Martha and Lisa concentrate on the basics with separate chapters on how to make basic sponge recipes how to ice a cupcake properly using decorations - as well as exploring seasonal and special occasions. More and more people are opting for cupcakes for their wedding cake and so this is covered in detail as well as ideas for birthdays festive and summery variations. Fro more.....

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A TASTE OF CHOCOLATE by The Australian Women's Weekly See other Baking books click here New softcover book 120 pages published 2008. There's nothing quite like a sticky chocolate date cake straight from the oven. Unless it's a double-choc slice or a milk chocolate tart. The Australian Women's Weekly has taken chocolate to the extreme with this beautiful book of recipes. And as always every recipe has been triple-tested in The Australian Women's Weekly Test Kitchen and is guaranteed to work. A Taste of Chocolate contains indulgent recipes for all chocolate lovers. Chocolate - loved all around the world - is given free range in this beautifully photographed cookbook. The recipes in this pretty more here.....

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CHILDREN'S BIRTHDAY CAKE BOOK an Australian Women's Weekly cookbook To see other Children's Birthday Cake books click here Used softcover book in good condition 128 pages gorgeous mouthwatering colour photos. Over 100 exciting party cakes to choose from! Contents include: Before you start to make the cake Vienna cream Fluffy frosting Storybook favourites Sport Animals Numbers Icecream cakes Friendly folk For boys For girls Three easy cakes For everyone Centrepiece for the party table Index. Cake designs include: Humpty Dumpty Little Miss Muffet Gingerbread House Soccer Field Rubber Ducky Leonard the Lion Jungle Elephant Bunny Rabbit Jolly Jelly Cake Mister Monster The Good Witch Helicopter S more.....

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GLUTEN FREE BIBLE To see other Food Bible recipe books click here Brand new softcover book delicious colour photos. Published 2009 258 pages measures 15 x 18 cm. Delicious gluten-free food Tasty and adventurous meals are back on the menu. Inside the Gluten Free Bible you will find more than 130 recipes to enjoy - whether gluten intolerant or not. Favourite foods such as pizza pasta noodle dishes desserts and baked treats are no longer off limits. Good eating has never been easier. This recipe collection will show you how to use the correct ingredients to create food that is far from boring and is full of flavour. You will be whipping up your own gluten-free bread hotcakes and burgers in no t related info

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CWA CAKES by The Country Women's Association To see other Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here New softcover book 186pages published 2009. Gorgeous mouthwatering colour photos and step-by-step instructions Traditional tempting tried-and-true The cooking skills of CWA members are legendary and Country Women's Association Cakes includes more than 80 of their recipes for classic country-style food. The cakes range from cheesecakes and sponges for special occasions to tea cakes and fruit loaves for casual afternoon teas. Many are family favourites that have been handed down through generations while others have been passed from friend to friend. All the recipes use simple ingredients and are click on

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MUFFINS SCONES and BREADS An Australian Women's Weekly cookbook To see other Baking books click here Used softcover book in good condition first published 1996 reprinted several times 120 pages. With full-colour photos of every recipe and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. The aroma of freshly baked bread and scones is one of life's pleasures and a muffins laced with chocolate or fruit is pure temptation. Forget any tales about bread-making being best practised by those with a lot of patience and time because the step-by-step techniques and helpful tips will ensure that in no time at all you'll feel confident making even the most exotic breads! The practical advice in Muffins Scones a lots more

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CRAZY ABOUT CUPCAKES by KRYSTINA CASTELLA See other cookbooks click here New softcover book 256 pages published 2006. Crazy About Cupcakes helps you go cupcake crazy! With nearly 300 awesome mouthwatering ideas to choose from home bakers will find the right recipe for any occasion and every palate. And whether they're chocolaty spicy crunchy fruity or creamy these exquisitely decorated treats look as astounding as they taste - perfect little temptations designed to make adults nostalgic and children happy. All the basics are lovingly explained so anyone can whip up a beautiful batch and there are varieties for every day (from healthy cupcakes to ice cream indulgences). Plus to make things ea here

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DECORATED CUPCAKES 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. Sugarcraft expert Frances McNaughton has created twenty different designs for decorating cupcakes with fun alternatives. There are easy recipes for the cakes thenselves and simple instructions for creating the decorations using readily available ingredients. Features twenty great designs for all occasions with cupcake and icing recipes. Designs include: Over the Rainbow Halloween Pumpkin Life's a Beach Beautiful Basket Fluffy Duck Lionheart Checkmate Baby Blanket Knitted Novelties Daisy more advice

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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